David Schwartz and Anim Steel are co-founders of the Real Food Challenge, which harnesses the power of youth and universities to build a fair and sustainable food system. The organization aims to redirect $1 billion of college food purchases towards local, community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane food sources - Real Food - by 2020.
David and Anim founded the Real Food Challenge in 2007 as an independent initiative of The Food Project, in partnership with youth leaders at the California Student Sustainability Coalition. Thanks to their leadership, the organization has built a powerful network of hundreds of student leaders and educated and trained tens of thousands of young people across the country. To date, these student activists have shifted over $80 million in campus cafeteria dollars to real food. In 2010, the pair received the Echoing Green Award for social entrepreneurship for their vision and work with the Real Food Challenge.
David got his start in food justice work at The Food Project when he was 14 and went on to serve as a staff and Board member, before getting his B.A. at Brown University. He currently serves as the Director of Programs at JOIN for Justice and as a diversity and racial justice trainer and consultant with VISIONS, Inc.
Anim holds a B.A. from Williams College and Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He led national initiatives at The Food Project for 8 years and is currently the Executive Director at Real Food Generation. Anim is a 2019 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award honoree.
We are honored to welcome David and Anim back to The Food Project, where the two met, and recognize their outstanding accomplishments building a more just and sustainable food system for all of us, and the planet we share.
The Food Project's Leadership Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of change makers within the food movement whose work and vision have had a demonstrable impact on our communities, food infrastructure, and environment.