Saint Mary's College and its partner Sodexo are committed towards a more local, healthy and sustainable food system. Below are some ways in which we are shifting the needle.

Food Services

  • Saint Mary's College spends 40 percent of its annual food budget on local items. 
  • The college purchases exclusively hormone- and antibiotic-free milk and fair trade-certified coffee. 
  • All dining facilities compost pre- and postconsumer food waste and have also been trayless since spring 2008.  
  • Not only does Sodexo lean on its sustainable food policies, but it has been a partner for our on-campus Legacy garden, helping educate students and staff on growing your own food. The Legacy Garden produced ~1,321 lbs of produce in the academic year of 2012-2013, and continues to do so.

Fair Trade

As a Fair Trade College, Saint Mary's College is commited towards sourcing coffee, tea, chocolate and other products from growers that ensure fair wages, safe working conditions and that use sustainable practices. Fair Trade directly connects with the fidelity of our educational mission, Catholic principles and LaSallian identity. In 2014-15, Saint Mary's College spent $61,697 on Fair Trade products. 

Throughout the year, the Mission & Ministry Center offer monthly Fair Trade Fridays as well as semi-annual Fair Trade Fesitvals, helping educate our community on Fair Trade principles.