“The University of Utah is committed to improving access to healthy and sustainable foods on campus. Through various programs, courses, and events, the campus works in collaboration to bring food issues to the community’s attention.”

What the Sustainability Office is Doing

Edible Campus Gardens – The Edible Campus Gardens are on-campus growing spaces utilized by the campus community to build our urban food system. The garden is a positive example of alternative agriculture, and provide a learning, living laboratory for students, staff, and faculty. Our Edible Campus Garden 2040 Master Plan provides more detail on the long-term vision for the gardens.

University of Utah Farmers Market – The University of Utah Farmers Market links local growers and artisans with the campus community to provide access to community based goods on a yearly basis. The Farmers Market runs each fall semester for the first seven weeks.

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. After a calculation done by students in 2018, the U of U sits at 15 percent. Learn more about the U of U Real Food Challenge and get involved to make a difference on campus.

Sustainability Action Plan – The Sustainable Food Systems team has developed an action plan defining short and long-term goals for the next 5 years. Check out the Action Plan here

What the University is Doing

FeedU Pantry – The University of Utah food pantry aims to minimize hunger among our students, their families, and faculty and staff by providing free, accessible, and nutritious food. We strive to empower those in need to obtain food resources so they may focus on being healthy, happy, and successful at the University of Utah without the barrier of fighting hunger.

Food Recovery Network – The University of Utah student food recovery network chapter collects meals that would otherwise be wasted and delivers to local food pantries to feed hungry people. The group has rescued over 1 million pounds of food from the landfill.

The Global Change & Sustainability Center – The GCSC coordinates, promotes, and accelerates interdisciplinary research and training on natural and human-built systems, the dynamic interactions and interconnections that exist in those systems, and the role of humans in the environment.

Community Garden Plots at the University Student Apartments – If you live on campus in the University Student Apartments, you are eligible to apply for a student community garden plot

Lassonde Institute’s Food Entrepreneurship program – The Food Entrepreneurship program strives to foster a culture of food entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah. Lassonde Institute makes this happen through their interactive food skills workshops, local restaurateur visits and fun social events.

RD Approved If you are looking for a healthy snack that is Register Dietitian approved in dining halls or outlets, look for the RD Approved label.

Bennion Center Student Directed Programs – Get involved with the Bennion Center by choosing from one of nearly 50 Student-Directed Programs to make a positive impact in our community. Each program works with a local community partner organization make a collective impact in areas such as education, environment, health, social justice and arts.

How you can become involved:

  1. Contact the Bennion Center to become involved in a student food group or become a program director, or e-mail the student food group directly
  2. Purchase Real Food by attending the U Farmers Market, or create demand in dining halls
  3. Apply for a SCIF grant with an innovative idea to better our campus food system
  4. Apply for a Sustainability Office Internship related to food