Letter Writing Campaigns
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.
There are several options for organizing a letter writing campaign. You can host an event where students get together for a meal and then each write 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
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!
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!
This is very similar to a letter writing campaign, but you can have students call into their representative's office instead of writing letters.
It’s helpful to have a script or talking points laid out in advance.
Sometimes the best way to get the deans and other executives at your school on board with one of your initiatives is to provide student support evidence. If you write up a petition — asking for more focus on recycling, for your campus to start composting, or for a new dining hall to allow recoveries, for example — and then get a decent portion of the student body to sign it, you’re off to a good start.
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. The Internet is also your friend.