A coalition of farmers, fishers, students, and advocates rallied at the headquarters of food service provider Aramark on Monday to demand that the company source its food more ethically. The Community Coalition for Real Meals demonstrated in front of Aramark's Philadelphia headquarters on Monday and delivered a petition that the group says has been signed by over 100,000 people.
A coalition of organizations that represent farmers, ranchers, fishermen, students, and food system workers launched a new campaign Tuesday that targets the purchasing practices of the country's top cafeteria operators. Those operators—Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass Group—run a huge percentage of the country's institutional cafeterias, including 47 percent of hospitals, 21 percent of college campuses, and 11 percent of public school districts. The coalition aims to shift the purchasing practices of the biggest operators to support a more sustainable food supply chain.