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Hampshire Food Systems Collaborative

The Hampshire Food Systems Collaborative (the Collaborative) has provided recommendations on the next stages of planning and implementation of the Healthy Food Transition, which have been reported to the vice president for finance and administration (VPFA) and the vice president of student affairs (VPSA). The President of the College will make final decisions regarding the recommendations of the Collaborative. Hampshire College's Healthy Food Transition is intended to change the enterprise of producing, preparing, consuming, and managing food on campus. Food is used as a means to teach students, communicate values, experiment with new models to solve problems, influence our peers, and serve our community.

The work of the Collaborative included extensive consultation with the Hampshire community to identify preferences for meals, dining options, food outlets, and shared community values. Based on this consultation, the Collaborative has made recommendations to the VPFA and VPSA regarding food system design and participation, within an economically responsible framework. These recommendations have taken into consideration the following aspects:

  • Economic accessibility and food insecurity
  • Environmental justice and equity
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Community values

The Collaborative included many students, faculty, and staff; it was supported by expertise provided by alumni, former trustee, and consultant Howard Wein.

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