Big Food corporations are hiding an ugly truth: their business model drives farmers and fishers off the land and water, perpetuates racial injustice, drives down wages, and drives up chronic disease and carbon emissions. They are a threat to our future, with communities of color hit first and worst.
We’re calling on the biggest players in the multi-billion dollar cafeteria industry to be part of the solution, not the problem.
It’s time for Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass Group to drop exclusive deals with Big Food manufacturers; to open their doors to farmers of color, fair and humane food sources, and community-based agriculture and seafood; and to play their part in reducing greenhouse gases.
United, we can build a food system grounded in racial justice, fairness, and dignity for us and future generations.
We’re calling on Aramark, Compass Group, and Sodexo to fundamentally reorient their business models away from a system of exclusive relationships with big food companies and toward real meals that support producers, communities, consumers and the planet.
As a first step, we are asking each company to commit to the following in the higher education sector:
ACHIEVE 25% REAL FOOD FOR EVERY CAMPUS
Purchase 25% of food from sources that are local & community based, fair, ecologically sound, and/or humane, as defined by the Real Food Standards, in every higher education account.
Shift toward seafood from local & community based fishers
INVEST IN RACIAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY
Expand purchasing from disenfranchised farmers, fishers and ranchers -- particularly Black producers. Designate a company liaison to develop these relationships
Invest at least $1 million in infrastructure to improve market access for disenfranchised producers
Prioritize stakeholder input (e.g. campus religious and cultural groups) in menu planning to meet the needs of marginalized groups
REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS AND INDUSTRIAL ANIMAL PRODUCTS
Reduce purchases of factory-farmed meat, poultry and cheese by 25%. Invest in Real Food alternatives.
Reduce carbon emissions across the companies’ supply chains by 25%.
INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Commit to clear and swift timelines for implementing each of these targets
Track and report on progress. The Community Coalition for Real Meals will publish report cards on the progress of each company.
We are the Community Coalition for Real Meals - an intergenerational, multiracial group of farmers, fishers, ranchers, activists, students, and workers calling for a transformation of the way that cafeteria food is sourced.
African Alliance of Rhode Island
Alabama Contract Poultry Growers Association
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Anna Marie Seafood
Appetite For Change
Association of Irritated Residents
Better Future Project
Blacks Run Forest Farm
Community Alliance for Global Justice
Community Farm Alliance
Cooperative Development Institute
Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED)
Dakota Rural Action
Eating with the Ecosystem
Factory Farming Awareness Coalition
Farmworker Association of Florida
Food & Water Watch
Food Chain Workers Alliance
Food Solutions New England
Forever Wild Seafood
Green Monday US
Land Stewardship Project
Local Bounty - Real Good Fish
Mercy For Animals
Migrant Justice / Justicia Migrante
National Family Farm Coalition
National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association
Northeast Organic Farming Association - Interstate Council
Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York
Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter
One Fish Foundation
Open Markets Institute
Organic Consumers Association
Pesticide Action Network
Port Orford Sustainable Seafood
Power Shift Network
Real Food Media
Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA
Sea Forager Seafood
Sierra Student Coalition
Sitka Salmon Shares
Slow Fish International
Slow Food East Bay
Soul Fire Farm
Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts
The Humane League
Thunder’s Catch Seafood
UnKoch My Campus
Union of Concerned Scientists
United People Market and Farm