The Auburn Real Food Challenge was founded in the spring of 2011. We are a group of students, working with faculty and administrators, to bring more real food on campus and in the community. Our ultimate goal is to get 20% real food served on campus by 2020. We strongly believe that education is the key to making changes truly sustainable. We want to show people how growing food, eating, exercising, and having fun can all be integrated for a balanced, healthy life and community.
The ARFC is strictly a University student organization. However we work closely with the Slow Food Auburn chapter. This separate, but related, community organization was started in Fall 2012 out of the ARFC as a means to connect to the Auburn community outside of the University. Slow Food Auburn holds the same values of the ARFC and exists to further the Real Food movement in Auburn through events which will raise funds and awareness.
Our current initiatives to work toward that goal are:
Collaborating with dining services
Forming relationships with local producers
managing a community garden
Starting a student-run food co-op
Organizing an annual food summit
We also take part in several events, including Food Day, Park(ing) Day, and monthly potlucks.