Nutrition and Sustainability
Nutrition and sustainability are at the forefront of CWU Dining Services offerings and activities. We actively seek ways to offer more local and sustainable products, and we have developed tools to help students navigate nutritional information. We work closely with the Wildcat Neighborhood Farm and Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH).Dining Services is a member of Menus of Change University Research Collaborative (MCURC).
Dining Services strives to increase local sourcing wherever possible. Current local suppliers include Charlie's Produce, ABC Donuts, Winegar's Ice Cream, and Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters. We also support and receive seasonal produce from the Wildcat Neighborhood Farm, a six-acre farm located right here on campus.
Sustainability is central to Dining Service's activities. We reduce disposable item use when possible, and we source most disposable items from World Centric, a compostable and zero-wate product.
Future initiatives include:
- Food waste audits
- Pre-consumer waste composting at the Wildcat Neighborhood Farm
- Post-consumer waste composting at the Wildcat Neighborhood Farm
Menus of Change University Resource Collaborative (MCURC)
Dining Services is proud to be a member of MCURC, a collaboration of forward-thinking scholars, foodservice leaders, executive chefs, and administrators for colleges and universities who are accelerating efforts to move people toward healthier, more sustainable, and delicious foods using evidence-based research, education, and innovation.
Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH)
PUSH is a student-run campus organization that partners with groups on campus to offer assistance to students who are food-insecure. Dining Services supports the activities of PUSH in several ways:
- Food Pantries: Dining Services provides left-over products to PUSH food pantries, including Bistro on the Go grab-and-go products made fresh on campus.
- PUSH Dining Dollars: Dining Services allows students on a meal plan to donate their Dining Dollars to support students in need. Students who receive these donations can spend the donated dollars at Dining Services locations across campus.
Dining Services offers many nutritional resources for students and visitors, such as tools to view nutritional content of menu choices, indicators on menus, and nutritional counseling services.
Dietary Preferences and Allergens
Dining Services indicates main dietary preferences and allergens on all menus across campus. Dietary preferences indicated inclue vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. The top eight allergens are indicated when present, and include egg, fish, shellfish, dairy, soy, sesame, and nut.
Look for the following information on the menus available throughout Dining Services, as well as the corresponding icons next to menu items:
Meal Choice Connect
Coming soon! Through Meal Choice Connect, students can access nutritional information for the foods that they eat.
The Registered Dietitian provides medical nutrition therapy/nutrition education to clients (staff, faculty, students) on the CWU campus for conditions such as weight management, hypertension, diabetes, and eating disorders. Clients are also seen on an individual basis for food allergies, customizing food likes/dislikes to Dining Services menus, vegetarian dietary needs, and special dietary requirements. These are on an appointment-only basis and referral from the Health & Counseling Center.
Nutrition education programs are delivered to residence hall residents as requested by the residence hall staff. The Nutrition Staff prepares and presents organized and factual oral presentations on current nutrition topics as well as answers questions concerning nutrition, wellness, and exercise.
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