Dining Services

Food

Your Ithaca Dining Services Team is dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable world. We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here at Ithaca College. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to Ithaca College to benefit your dining experience, the environment and your health. 

Local Food Policy - Our Priorities

Ithaca College Dining Services Local Food Policy is a first step in creating a healthy, fair and ecologically sound food system. This policy demonstrates our deep and unwavering commitment to the vitality of the community in which we live. We are committed to mindfully choosing healthy ingredients of high quality and whenever possible from our local farms, dairies and processors. Our goal is to increase the amount of our food procured locally, within 250 miles, from the current 19% of total purchases to 25% by 2020. This policy will guide our chefs in choosing fresh, local ingredients as they create the menus for the 10,000 meals we serve on campus each day. 

Local Farms and Sustainable Food Sourcing

We work hard to get as many ingredients locally as possible with 20% of our food served being sourced within a 250 mile radius of campus. Our professionally-trained chefs make our menus to take full advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are naturally in season.

local mapGet Local! Fall brings the best of nature right to the dining hall! Be sure to look for seasonal and delicious local produce from New York farms and producers when you're in the dining hall. Sourcing local ingredients not only supports the local economy and people, but also reduces the carbon footprint of these products by minimizing the distance they are transported. This is a key part of reducing our overall emissions and takes us one step closer to help in reaching Ithaca College's goal of carbon neutrality.

Terrace Dining Hall Hydroponic Garden

hydroponicTerrace Dining Hall is home to our Hydroponic Herb Garden, which supplies a variety of fresh herbs to our chefs through the year, including parsley, cilantro, basil, sage and dill. The garden is run by a student research team headed by Paula Turkon of the Environmental Studies and Science department.  The team is made up of ten students from varying majors who work together to design, plant, and maintain the garden, which is then periodically harvested by our Terrace Dining Hall chefs. The Hydroponic Garden serves as an interdisciplinary way to educate students and staff about environmental issues and sustainable food systems.

It is also our top priority to continually make efforts to increase our food supply sourced from fair trade certified vendors and we are proud to serve Aspretto Fair Trade Coffees and Numi Teas in all our dining halls.

Meatless Mondays

Every Monday in all our dining halls there are always meatless options available for the main course of your meal. Whether you are vegetarian or vegan, or just want to reduce the amount of meat in your diet, you can always find a nutritious and delicious meal on Meatless Monday. Our Sustainability Blog also has periodic Meatless Monday updates with information about the benefits of going meatless, as well as healthy alternatives that provides all the sustenance you need without sacrificing flavor.
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