Their event was one of dozens across the state all coordinated by MASSPIRG. Along with other large advocacy groups, MASSPIRG had gathered around 270,000 signatures petitioning Subway to make this change.
Campus Organizer Basmajian, along with Chapman and Grassroots Coordinator John Kelly, were all in high spirits as students had their pictures taken in front of the cardboard signature sub sandwich they used as part of their campaign.
“[It’s] so great,” said sophomore Mackenzie Cutler. “I’m so happy about it.”
“Today’s consumer is ever more mindful of what they are eating, and we’ve been making changes to address what they are looking for,” said Dennis Clabby, executive vice president of Subway’s Independent Purchasing Cooperative (IPC) in a press release on Oct. 20. “A change like this will take some time, particularly since the supply of beef raised without antibiotics in the U.S. is extremely limited and cattle take significantly longer to raise. But we are working diligently with our suppliers to make it happen.”
“It feels great to know that I was a part of something that was national,” said Kelly when asked about the success of the campaign.