Earthright, Campus Dining Services’ initiative for sustainable food practices, is dedicated to making good decisions about food on campus. Some of these projects include composting, going trayless to promote less food waste, purchasing local food, and decreasing waste and utilities. Here are a few interesting facts:
- Bradford Farm, one of MU’s research farms, collects 3,000-4,000 pounds of compost each week from Campus Dining Services.
- After Campus Dining Services went trayless in 2011, Mizzou saw a decrease of more than 15,000 pounds of food waste per month.
- In 2015, 24% of food purchases were from local farms and businesses (Missouri and surrounding states).
- Partnering with the Residence Hall Association, they distributed 4,000 reusable mugs to incoming students.
Agricultural Research Centers
The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has 14 sites dedicated to agricultural research, development and demonstration across the state of Missouri. These sites look at varying research related to wildlife management, organic transitioning, cover crops, cattle and dairy management, soil health, agroforestry and biomass production. The sites engage the community with education and extension. For more information about each research facility, visit the CAFNR website.
Tiger Pantry strives to provide food assistance for those in need within the University of Missouri community. The pantry, located on 1400 Rock Quarry Rd. Columbia, MO, serves any MU student, faculty or staff member and is non-discriminatory based on income. To use the pantry, simply bring your Mizzou ID and fill out a request form, either online or once you get there, and then pick up your food at the pantry during the hours of operation! Besides the initial sign-up, clients are completely confidential.
There are a number of ways to get involved with Tiger Pantry, including but not limited to volunteering, hosting a fundraiser/food drive and donating. In addition, Tiger Pantry has partnered with Campus Dining Services to create a Meal Transfer Program, in which students with a meal plan can transfer up to 10 swipes at a time to Tiger Pantry. The meals will then be distributed to student clients of the pantry, who can come into the pantry for swipes just like produce. For more information, visit their website.