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 The Wildcat Pantry. Dining Services is a member of Menus of Change University Research Collaborative (MCURC).
- Local Sourcing
Dining Services strives to increase local sourcing wherever possible. Current local suppliers include Charlie's Produce, ABC Donuts, Winegar's Ice Cream, and Caffe Vita. We also support and receive seasonal produce from the Wildcat 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.
- The Wildcat Pantry and Food Recovery
The Wildcat Pantry in Brooks Library 101C is a free resource for the CWU students, faculty, and staff to access food and hygiene products.
Wildcat Food Recovery was developed to better meet the needs of our students and campus community. Overseen by our Operations Support Manager, everyday meals from Holmes Dining Room are repackaged and distributed to the Library and Black Hall pantry locations.
Wildcats can volunteer to repackage meals. All you need is a food handlers card!
Vist The Wildcat Pantry website for additional information and resources.
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.
- Allergens and Dietary Preferences
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 dariy, egg, fish, sesame, soy, wheat, shellfish, and tree nuts.
Look for the following information on the menus available throughout Dining Services, as well as the corresponding icons next to menu items:
Purple Paw Program
Dining Services launched Purple Paw in January 2023. This program decreases allergen cross-contact by using easily identifiable purple equipment and prep space for meals. Students, faculty, and staff can ask for Dining Services staff members who wear a purple paw pin, signifying they are specially trained to prepare their food.
Halal Meat Options
Halal meat offerings are available beginning January 2023. Halal options will roll out first at Central Marketplace's El Gato and Quesadilla locations, as well as at Sesame Ginger in the Holmes Dining Room. Look for the "H" icon next to menu items, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
- Nutrition Counseling
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 Presentations
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.
- Meal Choice Connect
Coming soon! Through Meal Choice Connect, students can access nutritional information for the foods that they eat.
Questions? Email email@example.com
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