We are committed to promoting your health, as well as the health of the environment, our communities, and our planet at large!
Throughout our foodservice operations here at Memorial University we consider the impacts of what we purchase; how we operate; how we manage waste; and the transportation we rely on everyday.
Sourcing and serving more local, responsible and sustainable foods is an integral part of this commitment and can help support local farms and businesses, environmentally responsible farming, fair labour conditions for workers, humane care for livestock, and protect the vitality of farmland, wildlife and ocean habitats.
Key programs we are excited to expand on campus include:
• Responsible & Sustainable Food: We are committed to serving up more sustainable food! We are currently in the process of setting targets with the University Community for sustainable food purchasing which includes: local, ecological and humane foods; sustainable seafood; and Fair Trade / Rain Forest Alliance Certified coffees, teas and other products.
• Local: Through our “i go local” initiative, we are excited to be partnering with many producers in Newfoundland and Atlantic Canada! Where not feasible, we place an emphasis on sourcing products from surrounding provinces and within Canada. We have visited many of these farms as we expand our partnerships and integrate more of their local products into our menu through our signature local / sustainable menu series! Stay tuned for more information on our local partners and programs!
• Seasonal Menus: We also support our local farmers by purchasing produce in season. Look for local vegetables and fruit within our locations - we change them with the season!!!
• Sustainable seafood: We are excited to be partnering with our seafood suppliers and conservation groups in moving toward 100% contracted sustainable seafood as per Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and OceanWise Certifications, and/or identified as sustainable by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). By the end of 2013, we are targeting 95% contracted sustainable seafood across all our operations!
• Fair Trade!: We are excited to serve up 100% Fair Trade Coffee and Rain Forest Alliance Certified teas helping to support sustainable development and ensure a fair deal for farmers across the globe!
• Sustainable & Local Food Events!: We are committed to increasing awareness around the importance or eating sustainably across campus. Look for our Veggie and Vegan Monday, “local food day” and “farm to table” events celebrating these initiatives and the inspiring men and women who produce the food we serve.