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Local Foods

Every day Cornell Dining is helping to build a more sustainable food system, locally, regionally, and within New York State. Through our Local Food Growers Initiative, we purchase approximately 26% of our total food from regionally grown, raised, and processed sources.

To help our customers make better informed decisions, we've defined terms to help track where our food comes from and where it is processed:

Local = Within 100 miles of Cornell
Regional = Between 100 and 250 miles from Cornell

Cornell Dining partners closely with the local farming community to purchase fresh seasonal produce and dairy products, grains, beans, meat, poultry, baked goods, maple syrup, honey, sauces, and spreads. We source food from more than 25 regional growers through our supplier, Maines Express, and also purchase regularly from Cornell Orchards, Cornell Dairy, Cayuga Pure Organics, Ithaca Bakery, and Ithaca Tofu.

Cornell Dining features ground beef from local providers in the Ivy Room, one of our most active retail locations.

Cornell Dining celebrates our local/regional foods and New York farmers and merchants at our annual Fall Harvest Dinner, hosted each September.  Please join us!

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