Local, seasonal food, and sustainable seafood are featured on the menus in dining operations across campus. Dining Services works with regional farms to source fresh produce throughout the school year, helping support local growers while reducing transportation costs.
Dining Services also utilizes organic produce, including a 100% organic salad bar at the Belle Air Terrace. Organic produce is grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizer, encouraging farmers to rotate crops and eliminate monoculture farming.
Dining Services played a big role in Villanova becoming a Fair Trade certified campus in the spring of 2013. All dining locations serve or sell at least two Fair Trade items, such as coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar or bananas. Fair Trade certification works to provide fair pricing, wages, and working conditions for crop growers in developing countries. The program also encourages sustainable farming practices through the reduction of deforestation, agrochemicals and GMOs.
Dining Services offers a special Meatless Monday option in every dining hall. By consuming less meat you are not only being healthier, but you are also helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Today, animal husbandry accounts for 18% of the worlds carbon emissions, further contributing to climate change (Reference).
Community Supported Agriculture
Villanova is a pick up location for a local community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Students, faculty, staff and community members can sign up to have fresh fruits and vegetables from Lancaster Farms delivered on campus once a week.
For more information on Dining Services sustainability initiatives, including how to sign up for the CSA, check out their website.