By protecting and improving our environment, the communities where we do business and the students we serve, Sodexo makes every day a better day and every tomorrow a better tomorrow.

Sustainability Initiatives

Your Sodexo Campus Dining Team is dedicated to sustainability.  We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to Eastern University.

Local Initiative - Partner with YACHT Club

Our dining team allows the on campus YACHT(Youth Against Complacency and Homelessness Today) club to use their meals to take food out of the dining commons. The students of the YACHT club meet on Thursdays & Saturday's to distribute food to homeless folk in local communities. 

Sustainable Disposables

Our goal at Eastern University is to stay ahead of the curve with offering green plates, cups, and other small wares. Traditional disposable small wares are made with petrochemicals like polystyrene foam. Even most paper cups and plates have an oil-based plastic liner. At Eastern, most of the disposables we use have already been replaced with more sustainable options. As quality and availability improve we will switch even more. As of right now...

  • All of the large plates, small plates, and small bowls used at the Breezeway and Eagle's Nest are made in the USA with 100% recycled paper fiber, and are municipally compostable.
  • All of the hot coffee cups used in the Eagle's Nest, Jammin Java, and Dining Commons are annually renewable, municipally compostable with a biological liner.
  • The soup bowls used in the Eagle's Nest and Jammin Java are made with renewable, municipally compostable cups with a biological liner.
  • The Dining Commons Aspretto coffee is made with entirely sustainable disposables, from the cup, to the stirrer to the paper on the sugar packet. Even the green backdrop behind the coffee pots is made in the USA with 100% recycled aluminum.
  • All of the napkins on campus are made with recycled fibers.
  • The boxes used for Simply to Go sandwiches on bread (such as PB&J or Turkey and Cheese on Wheat) and the boxes for the Simply to Go wraps are both made with 100% recycled material (35% post consumer).
  • The clear plastic Simply to Go salad containers and the clear cold cups used at the Jammin Java are made with traditional plastics, but they are recyclable on campus and recycling containers are located at the Jammin Java, Breezeway, and throughout the campus.
  • We are continuing to look for replacements for our soda cups, but the ones we offer now are recyclable on campus.

Locally Grown Produce

We serve locally grown produce whenever possible. Most of our produce comes from Kegel's, a Lancaster-based distributor. Within the past year, we have been able to feature locally grown...

Acorn SquashCucumbersRed Peppers
Apple Cider (at the Jammin Java)*Grape TomatoesStrawberries
Apples (at least 10 varieties)

Green Peppers

ArrugulaGreen Squash (Zucchini)Various Gourds
AsparagusJersey Yams (Sweet Potatoes)Various Herbs*
Butternut SquashPeachesVarious Mushrooms*
CabbagePumpkinsYellow Squash
Cantaloupe Yellow Watermelon

*Denotes items that are available from local sources almost all year.

Farm Image

The Leola Produce Auction is a big part of our locally grown program. The auction is a place where small local farmers, who are often too small to have a consistent relationship with a distributor, can bring their produce. It also gives us the opportunity to offer unique varieties of produce (like yellow watermelon) that are not available from larger farms. 

Kegels Map

This map shows many of the local farms that supply our prouduce.

More Locally Grown Produce Information

2012 Locally Grown Produce Guide - This is the complete locally grown guide from our produce distributor. It includes the names, addresses, and occacionally pictures, of many of the farms that provide our produce.

2012 Locally Grown Schedule - This is the expected availabilty of locally grown produce. Of course, weather and conditions may change the final availability. The foodservice managers at Eastern use this schedule to plan our menus through the semester, to give us the best chance of selling more locally grown produce.

Fair Trade LogoFair Trade Coffee, Tea, and Sugar

Fair Trade certification empowers farmers and their families to lift themselves out of poverty. This is made possible by companies investing in these farms and communities, and by paying the farmers a fair wage for their goods.

  • All of the coffee & espresso on campus is Fair Trade certified.
  • All of the dining locations on campus primarily serve Fair Trade, Organic teas. However, traditional Lipton Tea is available.
  • The Jammin Java uses exclusively Fair Trade sugar, and the Dining Commons offers both Fair Trade and traditional sugar.

We are always looking for more Fair Trade products as availability increases.

Grounds 4 Growth LogoComposting Coffee Grounds

During the summer months, we offer all of the spent coffee grinds from the Jammin Java to the Eastern community to use in their personal composte bins at home - for free. This prevents extra landfill waste and provides a great boost to your compost.

No Artificial Bovine Growth Hormone Milk

All of the farmers that provide fresh milk for Eastern University sign a pledge to not treat their cows with artificial growth hormones including rBGH. This includes all of the milk used in the Dining Commons, the individual Chug milk pints sold at the Jammin Java and Breezeway, and milk used for all of the made to order drinks at the Jammin Java. In addition, the farmers for the Ben & Jerry's ice cream sold in the Breezeway sign a similar pledge.

All of our fresh dairy products are supplied by Balfard Farms, a distributor based in the Lehigh Valley.

Natural Chicken Breasts

The grilled chicken breast served at the Grill, Deli, and Classics line is natural, fresh chicken breast.

Using fresh chicken breast not only tastes better, but it removes a lot of the additives coating most frozen chicken.

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