Sourcing local, sustainable, and community-based food is vital to Colgate University’s sustainability efforts.
Purchasing local, sustainable, and humanely produced food supports responsible farming practices while reducing emissions and environmental impacts. The location of the University in the agricultural region of Central New York provides many great options for finding local suppliers of high-quality foods.
Procuring local food has additional benefits such as supporting rural communities, our local economy, and the University’s neighbors.
Nearly 30 percent of Colgate’s food spend is on local and/or sustainably sourced food, and the University seeks to improve this in the coming years.
Colgate works with several area distributors who specialize in sourcing their products from local farmers and producers. This further supports our local economy while allowing us to purchase a wide variety of fresh and local food items. The University also serves food sourced from: