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The Campus Food Systems Project is run in partnership by the Sierra Youth Coalition and Meal Exchange. These organizations have supported student-led food, social justice, sustainability and student engagement projects for over 20 years.

The CFSP National Coordinators support students across the country to empower them with the leadership skills needed to bring local, sustainable and healthy food to their campuses. This section explains how the National Coordinators and Campus Coordinators acheive our goals.

The National Campus Food Systems Project

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How Campus Food Strategy Group Coordinators work on Campus

Campus Food Strategy Groups Coordinators are our student leaders on each campus. With their campus context and needs in mind they:

Bring together stakeholders

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  • Map the campus food system including the initiatives and individuals involved
  • Meet with key contacts- including student’s union, student groups, faculty, administration, staff and food service providers – identify champions
  • Formalize Campus Food Strategy Group vision
  • Organize Meetings and Events

Identify food systems barriers, opportunities and capacity

  • Complete a food service overview and supply chain assessment
  • Connect to applied student research opportunities
  • Set short and medium term goals with stakeholders
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Facilitate applied student research, community conversations and visioning for food systems change

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  • Support campus food system innovation through research projects and purchasing pilots
  • Build campus community support through outreach, events and publicity

Institutionalize collaboration and innovation

  • Influence institutional behavior through creating a campus specific food charter, developing a purchasing policy and/or strategic plan
  • Secure stable funding and succession structure
  • Evaluate outcomes to ensure innovation and adaptation
  • Ensure ongoing student food leadership roles on campus
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