Global Food Initiative
As part of the first phase, UC Global Food Initiative working groups are compiling case studies and developing best practices, and the toolkits to implement them. Once successfully deployed systemwide at UC, they can be offered to schools and communities nationwide.
The University of California has embarked on a comprehensive effort to ensure that its students are food and housing secure.
This free online toolkit includes best practices and activities contributed by UC campuses as they continue to advance efforts to nourish and support students.
A free online toolkit and experiential education model for on-farm and in-class programing focused on food, justice and youth, in affiliation with the "Food, What?!" youth empowerment movement and the food justice and food education organization at UC Santa Cruz.
A study assessing food access and security among UC students, along with the university’s action plan to address the issue.
Waste audit and waste characterization case studies to support progress toward zero waste dining, including a downloadable waste audit calculator.
Case studies highlighting ways that UC research has been used to inform and affect policies in food and agriculture.
A report on the opportunity for law schools within UC and across the country to more visibly and holistically address food system injustices.
Swipes, which allows students to donate excess dollars on their meal plan to fight hunger, began at UCLA and has expanded nationwide; this UC guide details how to start a campus Swipes program.
Best practices from UC Santa Barbara and UC Merced dining services in purchasing sustainable local produce from small growers.
Examples of how working with K-12 schools has inspired progress around healthy, sustainable food at UC and can inspire others as well.
A report highlighting best practices, lessons learned and case studies of experiential learning opportunities at UC, along with directories of UC experiential learning courses and programs.
A free online toolkit featuring resources from UC and other sources that seeks to help schools teach healthy eating habits and provide nutritious, sustainable food to students.