Real Food Rising: National Summit 2013

Starting Date: 10-11-2013
Ending Date: 10-14-2013

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55199
United States
This October, 250 student leaders on the cutting edge of the food movement will gather in Minneapolis, MN for an exciting event. The Real Food Challenge National Summit will bring together delegations of leaders from 75+ colleges and universities around the country for a weekend full of training, strategizing and action.

What to Expect
At the summit, you will get a chance to meet Real Food Challenge student leaders from all corners of the U.S. as we build solidarity across region, food service provider and interest groups. Together we'll talk about farm-to-institution basics, challenging corporate dominance in our food system, how dynamics of institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression impact our work and the nuts and bolts of building successful student groups and campaigns. We'll also hear from farmers, food chain workers and other food justice leaders in the upper Midwest!

The gathering will build on recent campaign successes. In March, following years of grassroots organizing, food service giant Sodexo signed a Food Chain Transparency Agreement with Real Food Challenge—ensuring students at the 850+ Sodexo-contracted campuses have a real opportunity to learn about the food on campus. Meanwhile, local student campaigns have won commitments from their universities, shifting over $50 million of purchasing dollars to local farms and sustainable food businesses.

This summit is also one step in a larger organizing effort. Attendees will return to their campuses ready to run real food campaigns – re-directing institutional food dollars to small and mid-size farmers, fair trade cooperatives, and sustainable agriculture.

With Food Day 2013 also coming this fall -- shaping up to be the largest mobilization in food movement history -- there’s plenty more inspiring action to come!

Sign Up
Sign up NOW for Real Food Rising! Each school is allotted 2-5 student delegates including one delegation leader to act as a liaison between their
delegation and the Real Food Rising planning team.

Key Dates

Friday, September 13, 2013
Final Registration Date for Delegation Leaders
Early Bird Registration and Discounted Registration Fees End
Friday, October 4, 2013: FINAL deadline for all registration

Registration Fees

The registration fee includes the cost of meals, space and materials, and housing. The actual cost of the conference is approximately $200 per person. The Real Food Rising planning team (which consists of student leaders just like you!) has been working hard through grassroots fundraising to lower the cost of the registration fee for conference participants. However, to support the participation of others through scholarships, we encourage you to register at the highest level that you can afford. Regardless of the level you pay, your registration fee will cover all of the essentials.

Early Registration until September 13: $200 - $40 [You have the option to choose the full, the subsidized early bird, or the subsized regular fee]

Regular Registration: Sliding Scale $200-$80 [You have the option to choose the full or the subsidized regular fee]
Geographical Scope: National


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