The Real Food Calculator (a tool within the Real Food Challenge) began being used at UNC as a means to determine the amount of ‘real’ food being purchased and consumed within the dining halls. CDS was interested in determining the amount of real food being purchased. The first year, 2010, the Real Food Calculator was used at UNC the Real Food Challenge was also going through developmental steps. After being used in September to October it was determined that 12.96% of the food purchased through Lenoir and Rams Head in that time period was real food. That following fall the real food calculations decreased to 9.98% due to a number of reasons. After this decrease there was a heightened awareness due to the previous year, the fall audit that occured in 2012 was 20.14%. A spectacular display of progress! This current school year 2013-2014 is the first year that a complete audit will be completed meaning a month in both the fall semester and spring semester will be assessed as a representation of the purchasing for the entire year. The fall semester saw an increase to 23.14% real food, displaying continual growth and awareness within CDS. Currently being processed is the data for the month of February, 2014, check out the Real Food Calculator for UNC Facebook page for live data on the progress this semester.
Real Food Calculator at UNC
The Real Food Calculator is a tool used to track an institution's dining purchases over time. Developed by The Real Food Challenge, a national group of student food-activists, the Calculator is utilized within this internship to approximate the amount of real food served in the residential dining halls of UNC-Chapel Hill. To learn more about the criteria click here.