UM Dining Surpasses ‘Real Food’ Goal

October 20, 2014

MISSOULA – One year after taking on the Real Food Challenge, the University of Montana already surpassed its goal.

UM Dining and the Real Food Challenge, the largest student food justice organization in the nation, will announce UM’s results from the Real Food Calculator at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24.

UM President Royce Engstrom, UM Dining Director Mark LoParco and Associated Students of UM President Asa Hohman signed the Real Food Campus Commitment on Oct. 24, 2013, pledging to buy at least 20 percent “real food” annually by 2020. UM was the first university in the Northwest to sign the RFCC pledge and is the only university in Montana to have signed it.

The Real Food Calculator, an assessment tool developed by Real Food Challenge student researchers and associated food experts, aims to support a local food system that is community-based, ecologically sound, fair and humane. The pledge specifically details the types of purchases that fall into a “real food” category. By using Real Food Calculator standards, UM Dining aligns itself with the most progressive metric for institutional food service.

UM Dining will host a farmers market in the Corner Store from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, to celebrate local foods and the results from the Real Food Calculator.


Contact: Sam Belanger, director of marketing, UM Dining, 406-243-5089,