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.

Student Food Access and Security Study

DATA MINING: FOOD SECURITY, FOOD ACCESS & SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEES

A study assessing food access and security among UC students, along with the university’s action plan to address the issue.

Zero Waste Dining Toolkit PDF

ZERO WASTE DINING SUBCOMMITTEE

Waste audit and waste characterization case studies to support progress toward zero waste dining, including a downloadable waste audit calculator.

Waste audit calculator XLS

Leveraging Research for Food and Agriculture Policy PDF

SUCCESS STORIES & ENGAGEMENT /RESEARCH TO POLICY SUBCOMMITTEE

Case studies highlighting ways that UC research has been used to inform and affect policies in food and agriculture.

Research to policy workshop report PDF

Food Equity, Social Justice and the Role of Law Schools: A Call to Action

Law Schools & Food Equity Subcommittee

A report on the opportunity for law schools within UC and across the country to more visibly and holistically address food system injustices.

Swipe Out Hunger: A Guide to Creating Your Campus Sustainable Meal Sharing and Recovery Program PDF

SWIPES FOR MEALS SUBCOMMITTEE

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.

Facilitating Small Growers’ Ability to do Business with UC PDF

SMALL GROWERS SUBCOMMITTEE

Best practices from UC Santa Barbara and UC Merced dining services in purchasing sustainable local produce from small growers.

Lessons Learned from K-12 Schools PDF

K-12 DINING SUBCOMMITTEE

Examples of how working with K-12 schools has inspired progress around healthy, sustainable food at UC and can inspire others as well.

Learning From the Ground Up

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING SUBCOMMITTEE

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.

Directories of courses and programs

Good Food for Local Schools

K-12 Dining Options Subcommittee

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.