Campus Champions of Change Challenge, a program initiated in the fall of 2011, is a White House- (and mtvU-) sponsored competition to spotlight student-led community projects on campuses across the country. And guess who’s in the race this year? Brown’s very own Market Shares Program!
Here’s how the challenge works: thousands of students and student groups across the nation are welcome to submit their programs to the White House Office of Public Engagement, which then chooses 15 finalists that best embody positive change in the campus community and move toward “helping America win the future.” Isn’t that
vague nice? The vote to determine the top five finalists is open to the public — that means you have a say!
Of the 15 projects, the five finalists with the most votes are invited to the White House and will be featured on mtvU. Let’s show America what we’ve got: vote to help send Brown Market Shares to DC! Don’t know what Brown Market Shares is all about? Read on!
Brown Market Shares Program’s aim is to address the limited access that students and staff here at Brown have to local food. The program connects directly with regional farmers and producers to provide weekly shares of fresh and sustainably-produced bread and dairy to students and staff. It is also able to provide subsidized, low-cost shares to Brown staff and graduate students who are unable to afford the full cost.
Market Shares has expanded in the past couple of years as they’ve added more shareholders and built stronger ties to local producers. Their work has “diverted over $150,000 from industrial agriculture and into the local food economy.” The program is an impressive and successful effort to promote more sustainably acquired food, support the local economy, and address pressing issues regarding food justice by providing greater access to healthful food for low-income individuals and families.