8 August 2014 by Rachel Joseph
The results are in! Cornell Dining has earned a grade of “A” on peta2’s Vegan Report Card for its vegan offerings on campus, with an overall 88% student satisfaction rate.
Being vegan-friendly means, according to peta2, that the university “offers at least one vegan entrée at every meal, offers nondairy milk, labels vegan entrees, labels vegan desserts, includes a vegan member on its student advisory board, promotes vegan options, partners with students to distribute vegan food, and participates in Meatless Mondays,” among others. Cornell University operates over 30 on-campus eateries- including all-you-care-to-eat dining halls, cafes, coffee houses, food courts, and convenience stores- that are dedicated to serving a variety of dishes and maintaining student satisfaction.
Cornell University recently climbed to third place in the Best Campus Food category of Princeton Review’s annual college rankings. Additionally, in 2012, Cornell was named the second most vegan-friendly university by PETA’s Most Vegan-Friendly College and University Contest.
In an effort to increase awareness about special diets and dietary restrictions, including the increasingly common vegan diet, the senior management team of Cornell Dining as well as students participated in the “5 Day Challenge” earlier this March. Each team was required to follow a certain diet: vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, dairy-and gluten-free, or kosher.