Food27% of Cornell Dining's food purchases are sourced from within 250 miles of campus

Cornell proudly supports healthy and sustainable food efforts by offering student-grown organic foods for the community to enjoy, supporting regional farms, and reducing food waste on campus. 

Our dining facilities aim to lessen the environmental footprint related to day-to-day dining operations through the use of reusable mugs, compostable food packaging, tray-less dining and other earth-friendly options whenever possible. Cornell Dining demonstrates a commitment to sustainability through programs such as the Local Food Growers Initiative, enabling the University to purchase fresh produce from local sources. To further promote sustainable food in our community Cornell Dining also organizes events with local farmers and chefs to build partnerships that support healthy and sustainable food habits, such as our annual Farm-to-You Fall Harvest Dinner.


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Nutrition & Health 

Ensuring the all-encompassing health of farmers, growers, and consumers.

Food Recovery Network

Food Accessibility

Making nutritious food available for all, no matter economic or social background.

The compost education booth at the 2017 Grassroots Festival.

Food Waste

Keeping food out of our landfills and putting it to good use.

Ithaca Farmer's Market.

Local, Sustainable, & Plant-Based

Creating systems that benefit our bodies, our lifestyles, and our community.

Food & Dining Rankings and RatingsSTARS logo 

Cornell University completes the AASHE STARS report annually and reports publicly on over 300 sustainability metrics.  Learn more about our Food & Dining scores and progress on our STARS page.

60% of meals at Cornell University are local, sustainable, or plant-based.  Learn more about this and other sustainability awards.