Public Health Sciences major Hannah Weinronk leads Real Food Challenge team to Unite4:Humanity Awards Gala

February 5, 2015

Hannah Weinronk (far right) with members of the Real Food Challenge team.

Senior Public Health Sciences major Hannah Weinronk will head to Los Angeles, CA on February 19th for the Unite4:Humanity Awards Gala along with two other leaders from the Real Food Challenge (RFC) as finalists for the Unite4:Inspiration award.

RFC is a national student network uniting the power of young people to shift $1 billion in university food purchasing to “real food” – food that is local/community based, ecologically sound, fairly traded, and/or humanely raised.

This award, hosted by the Unite4:Good foundation, would support the Real Food Challenge with up to $50,000. Hannah and her colleagues won the semi-final round in September, and are currently in the final round of voting.

You can support Hannah and her team in the Real Food Challenge by voting daily through February 15th. Individuals can join their Daily Voter Team by following this link: bit.ly/RFCvote1.

Hannah is a leader for real food at UMass Amherst and nationally. In May of 2013, in response to a student-led campaign, Chancellor Subbaswammy signed on to the Real Food Campus Commitment, committing the university to sourcing 20% real food by the year 2020. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the largest university to sign the commitment, leading its peer institutions in increasing support of a just and sustainable food system. The commitment is part of a movement that helped to prompt an exciting initiative with the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, aimed at transforming the Hampshire Dining Commons to become a national cost defensible model for wellness and sustainability for other institutions to emulate. Since signing, the university has increased procurement of real food to 9.62%, and in collaboration with students, is exploring options for sourcing more real food on campus.

UMass Amherst students work to promote more sustainable food sources at UMass.

The efforts of UMass Amherst are part of the national RFC network. UMass Amherst is joined by 61 peer institutions who have signed similar commitments including the University of Vermont, the University of California Santa Cruz, and the 23 campuses of the California State University system. UMass Amherst’s commitment to Real Food continues to inspire similar efforts throughout the Pioneer Valley and across the country.

This $50,000+ Unite4:Inspiration award would allow the Real Food Challenge to continue supporting campaigns and efforts like those at UMass Amherst in order to move closer to creating a real food economy.

You can vote daily for Hannah and her team in the Real Food Challenge at bit.ly/RFCvote1.

If you have questions regarding the Real Food Challenge at UMass Amherst or you are interested in getting involved, contact realfood@umass.edu.