Real Food Challenge at Pitt
In March 2015, the University of Pittsburgh committed to the Real Food Challenge with a goal of serving 20% local, fair, ecologically sound, and humane foods by 2020. At the time, only 9% of food served at Pitt’s primary dining hall (now The Eatery, formerly “Market Central) fit the criteria of meeting at least one of the four requirements. To date, 90 separate university campuses (42 schools and 4 statewide systems) have signed on to the Challenge.
In early 2018, Pitt Dining announced it met its 20% Real Food goal at Market Central, Pitt’s main dining hall, two years early. At the same time, as part of the Pitt Sustainability Plan, the University strengthened its overall commitment to serve 25% Real Food campus-wide by 2025.
A team of Real Food Pitt interns help the University of Pittsburgh document its progress on Real Food annually. Progress is reported on our Food Systems dashboard, which shows 10% Real Food was served campus-wide in fiscal year 2020.