Announcing the Local Food Campus Report Card!
The Farm to Campus approach is about collaboration, engagement, and relationship building at all points of the food system; among students, campus administration, community groups, food producers, and faculty.
We believe that this is the best way to achieve our Canada Digs In! goals to support local food literacy on campuses, enhance student engagement with healthy, local food, and support efforts to develop local food procurement policies on campuses.
The just-released Local Food preview of the Campus Food Report Card highlights the importance of this approach. This preview examines how students feel about the availability of local food, and what campuses are doing to provide it. Among our key findings, we learned:
- 4 in 5 students believe that more local food would increase the availability of healthy food on campuses
- More than half said they wanted more locally grown options on their campus
- Only 1 in 4 said they were satisfied with the availability of local food
- Less than half of campuses visibly promoted local food at food outlets
We believe that a collaborative Farm to Campus approach is the best way to help healthy, locally-sourced food travels from farms, to cafeterias, to the plates of students on campuses across the country. We’re excited to work with campuses and communities to build partnerships and collaborate to ensure good food for all. Check out the report here for more findings and next steps.