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Food Day in Boston: "I'm proud to have a voice on the job"

October 30, 2012

In celebration of Food Day, 150 students, workers, and community allies gathered at Northeastern University to calling for "Justice in the Food Chain" – from Immokalee to Boston, from farm to cafeteria. The panel and roundtable discussion brought together dining service workers, students, and faculty from Boston’s many colleges – along with farmworkers, organic growers, and local foodies – to envision a united movement for real food, real jobs, and healthy communities.

Food Day at Northeastern came six months after a movement of workers, faculty, and over 40 student organizations came together to support the 400 dining workers at Northeastern who voted to join UNITE HERE Local 26 as a step towards improving their lives, their neighborhoods, and the food system.

Organized by Slow Food NU and the Progressive Student Alliance, in partnership with UNITE HERE Local 26 and Real Food Challenge, the evening began with a locally sourced dinner donated by Chartwells (a division of the Compass Group, the world’s largest dining service provider). Speakers emphasized the key role of Greater Boston’s over 100 colleges and universities – as centers of student/worker movements, major food purchasers, and community anchors —- in transforming the food system.

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