Enjoy your breakfast with peace of mind knowing that our eggs are Certified Humane.
Villanova Dining Services serves Pasture-Raised shelled eggs from Vital Farms which are Certified Humane. This means that our sources always follow strict guidelines in the care and well being of their hens.
Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is the leading non-profit certification organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals in food production from birth through slaughter. When you see the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label on a product you can be assured that the food products have come from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment.
What's the difference between labels?
Egg producers use labels to define how their hens are raised. Traditional battery cages are common, unfortunately, and provide less than desirable animal welfare. Cage-free and free-range labels mean that each hen will have more space to roam, but truthfully, it isn't much of an improvement in terms of actual space. Pasture-raised hens have the most natural habitat, providing them with adequate nutrition from their environment.
- Caged hens = 67 inches
- Cage-Free = 144 inches
- Free-Range = 288 inches
- Pasture-Raised = 15,552 inches
Villanova Dining awarded membership in Farm Forward's Leadership Circle
Villanova Dining Services remains committed to providing their guests with the highest quality food while creating a positive, lasting impact on our community’s health, wellness, and sustainability. Villanova University announced in September 2018 that it has been awarded membership in Farm Forward’s Leadership Circle, a program that recognizes pioneering institutions leveraging their buying power to change the way animals are raised for food. Villanova joins other members of the Leadership Circle, including Cal Dining at UC Berkeley, Bon Appetit Management Company, Airbnb and Dr. Bronner’s.
“Leadership Circle institutions exemplify values-based food purchasing,” said Claire Fitch, Director of Outreach at Farm Forward. “Through thoughtful procurement policies, universities like Villanova improve the welfare of farmed animals while meeting their students’ demands for more ethical and sustainable food.”
Leadership Circle members broadly work to source “less and better” animal products, reducing their environmental footprint while sourcing their remaining animal products from higher welfare, more sustainable sources. Members also commit to support farmers raising animals under optimal conditions, and in doing so, help to rebuild a network of sustainable farms in America.
“We are excited in joining the Leadership Circle and the opportunity for our students to make positive changes through their dining choices,” said Timothy Dietzler, Director of Dining Services at Villanova University. “The Leadership Circle aligns perfectly with Villanova’s VEG program, which encourages students and other members of our community to adopt a ‘less meat, better meat’ approach to dining. Farm Forward provides resources for Villanova Dining Services to source higher welfare meat, poultry, and eggs, while we incorporate more plant-based proteins in following our core principles of VEG.”
The new purchasing practices cement Villanova University’s status as a leader in both the animal welfare and sustainable food movements. The Leadership Circle continues Villanova University’s work addressing sustainability in Dining Services through projects such as being a Community Supported Agriculture site-host as well as purchasing local produce to reduce our carbon footprint.