Why Eat Local?
Choosing locally-produced food helps to reduce environmental pollution associated with transportation and food waste due to spoilage, while benefitting the surrounding economy and community. Local produce is provided to the dining commons through partnerships with the Student Farm and other local producers.
Penn State Hyper-Local food suppliers include:
The Student Farm - A one acre, student-run farm at Penn State used to create and supply fresh produce at on campus eateries
The Berkey Creamery - Primary provider of dairy products for the University. The Creamery provides items made by the College of Agriculture
Penn State’s Meats Lab - An on-campus meat processing facility that works with research and extension education while also providing Campus Dining with fresh meats
Other Locally-produced Food Options:
18% of all food purchases on campus come from local or PA suppliers. We consistently work with the PA Dept of Ag and local producers to incorporate as many local offerings into our menu as possible.