These events are designed to give students an opportunity to contact the policy makers and those directing food waste initiatives. 
Have a suggestion for an Action and Advocacy event? Email: programs@foodrecoverynetwork.org and we'll add it to the Catalog.

Letter Writing Campaigns

DESCRIPTION

You can organize a Letter Writing Campaign to let your representatives know that you care about food waste and hunger! Whether there is a specific policy you want to support, or just want to express your outrage that these issues exist, legislators will take note that college students care.

LOGISTICS NOTES

There are several options for organizing a letter writing campaign. You can host an event where students got together for a meal and then each writes a letter. This could also occur during a normal meeting time, or while tabling on campus. It’s helpful to provide some bullet points for students to shape their message.


Op-eds or Letter to the Editor

DESCRIPTION

Getting published in a local outlet can be a great way to bring exposure to the opposing issues of food waste and hunger, especially if you can get some local or state-level information!

LOGISTICS

Contact your local paper for more information about how to submit guest viewpoints, op-eds, letters to the editor, etc. They often have word limits and specific guidelines for how to write the piece. Check out our media guide for some tips on how to work with traditional media sources!


Phone Banking

DESCRIPTION

This is very similar to a letter writing campaign, but you can have students call into their representative's office instead of writing letters.

LOGISTICS NOTES

It’s helpful to have a script or talking points laid out in advance.


PETITION CIRCULATION

“We launched our [petition] through change.org and then spread it around through social media. Since we did this petition when we were brand new on campus I think that it helped raise a lot of awareness for students that were interested in becoming part of the organization.”
— Danielle, University of Denver

DESCRIPTION

Sometimes the best way to get the executives at your school engaged with your initiative is to provide student support evidence. If you write up a petition and then get a decent portion of the student body to sign it, you’re off to a good start.

LOGISTICS NOTES

Set a goal for how many students you’d like to have sign, and then figure out how to get there. Tabling, speaking in relevant classes, and reaching out to other student organizations should be a big help.