The University is committed to improving access to healthy foods on campus and in our community. Additionally, by signing the Real Food Challenge, President Pershing committed “to shift University food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and towards the creation and sustainability of local, fair, ecologically sound, and humane food sources.”
What the University is Doing
University Dining Services
University Dining Services is the largest provider of food services on campus. They are dedicated to providing sustainable foods when possible, reducing food waste, and promoting composting and recycling. They purchase food from many local suppliers, including the Edible Campus Gardens. For more information, contact the University Dining Services Chartwells sustainability coordinator.
Edible Campus Gardens
Our Edible Campus Gardens are on-campus organic gardens. The gardens are a positive example of alternative agriculture and urban food systems, and provide a learning, living laboratory for the U community to engage in a healthier food system.
University of Utah Farmers Market
Every fall, our University of Utah Farmers Market links local growers and artisans with the campus community and provides access to fresh, healthy, local produce and unique arts and crafts.
The University of Utah FeedU Food Pantry is an on-campus food pantry that provides nourishing food for U students, their families, faculty, and staff to minimize hunger and support a healthy, happy, and successful community.
The Social Soup Lecture Series
A “reflection on the social, economic & environmental issues surrounding food,” the Social Soup Lecture Series aims to increase awareness, build knowledge, and create conversations around food systems.
University of Utah Real Food Challenge
In 2014, the University signed a commitment to participate in the national Real Food Challenge and to shift campus food purchasing to include 20 percent “real food.” “Real food” is defined as at least one of the following: humane, fair, local, or ecologically sound. Learn more about the U of U Real Food Challenge and email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved with the student group.
Community Garden Plots at University Student Apartments
Residents at the University Student Apartments, which house University students and their families, are eligible to apply for personal garden plots within these communities. Call 801- 581-8667 for more information.
What You Can Do
There are several opportunities to engage with food on campus: shop at the University of Utah Farmers Market, join the Real Food Challenge group, and volunteer at the Edible Campus Gardens to learn how to grow your own food.