Dear Aramark, Sodexo and Compass Group,

I'm writing to express my support for the Campaign for Real Meals to create a more just and sustainable food system.

It is unacceptable to me that your company is serving food from corporations that exploit workers, harm our environment, and produce unhealthy food. Your company should be an active force for good working conditions, environmental sustainability, and racial justice.

Instead of siding with Big Food corporations like Tyson, foodservice companies should support small-scale producers, disenfranchised farmers and fishers, and sustainable suppliers. I respectfully request that you reorient your business model away from one that relies on exclusive contracts with Big Food vendors and towards one that supports Real Meals.

As a first step, I ask that you do the following on college campuses across the country:

  • Purchase at least 25% of your food from sources that are local & community based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane;

  • Invest in racial justice and equity by expanding purchasing from disenfranchised farmers, fishers and ranchers and by investing in infrastructure to support them;

  • Reduce your company's carbon emissions and factory-farmed meat, poultry, and cheese purchases by 25%; and

  • Create and maintain transparency and accountability.

Once again, as a consumer, I strongly support these reforms to create a more just, transparent, and sustainable food system.