At Princeton Dining Services we have made it a priority to purchase local, organic and sustainably- produced food.
- Over half of all food purchased is produced locally, within 250 miles of the University, including produce, baked goods, cheese, milk, beef, pork, poultry and eggs.(Enlarge the Google Map to locate our local producers.)
- Nearly all baked goods and eggs in addition to over 90% of coffee and tea are purchased locally.
- Grass fed beef is used for foods such as chili and meat sauce and 90% of our pre-formed hamburgers.
- Bell & Evans Chicken is the sole supplier of chicken, providing humanely and locally produced chicken.
- Leidy's is the sole supplier of fresh pork products. The American Humane Association has awarded Leidy's their Free Farmed Certification because of the humane and special care given their animals.
- We are a full partner in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program; 80% of our total seafood purchases are categorized as sustainable in accordance with Seafood Watch's principles.
- All coffee served in the residential college dining halls and in the Food Gallery at Frist has received Rain Forest Alliance certification. Small World locally roasted coffee is sold in Witherspoons, Woodrow Wilson Café, Chancellor Green Café, Chemistry Ca Fe and Café Vivian.
- More than 20,000 pounds of organic produce was purchased in 2010, including spring salad mix offered at various salad bars. Other organic foods sold include yogurts at Frist Campus Center, organic cereals served in residential dining halls and fruit juices served at Chancellor Green Café . All items served at Cafe Vivian are locally produced or contain organic ingredients.
- Since 2007 local food purchases have increased from 27% to 58% of total food purchases in 2011.
- Conventional (non-local) food purchases have decreased from 64% of total food purchases in 2007 to 34% in 2011.