We make it a priority to purchase local and sustainably-produced food.

We want to understand precisely where our ingredients come from, and share that information. We hold several foraging tours throughout the year to introduce students to some of our local vendors.

We source grass-fed beef and antibiotic-free, humanely treated and locally produced chicken for all of our residential and retail operations. We are a business partner in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. Nearly 80 percent of our total seafood purchases are categorized as sustainable in accordance with Seafood Watch's principles.

All coffee served in the residential college dining halls and in the Food Gallery at Frist has received Rain Forest Alliance certification. 

Over 60 percent of all food purchases are local, organic, fair trade, socially responsible, humanely treated or sustainable. 46 percent of all food purchases are produced locally within 250 miles of the University, including produce, baked goods, cheese, milk, beef, pork, poultry and eggs.