With us, eating green means more than a big bowl of fresh spinach spring mix. Recycling, local purchasing, composting food waste, and even buying apples grown by students are all ways we’re greener than our lettuce.


Did you know Iowa State has a compost facility south of campus? Pre- and post-consumer food waste from our dining centers and commissary kitchen goes to the compost facility. There, it’s turned back in to a product that’s used on campus in landscaping and construction projects. Those banana peels and chicken wing bones? They’re put to good use.

Giving Back

  • Food at First – We partner with Food at First, a local organization feeding those in need. Products in our retail locations are collected and sent to the organization along with other items like breads, bagels and more!
  • The Shop – We support The Shop, a food pantry for students by students!
  • Student Groups – We support student groups in a variety of ways and also offer free Pepsi products through our beverage program.
  • Bring Your Own Cup – Save 35 cents, and prevent a cup from going in the waste stream. Available at all ISU Dining retail locations.

Local Food and Product Purchasing

Our staff has teamed up with local farmers, growers and producers when feasible to bring you things like 6,000 pounds of green peppers grown right here on campus, local tofu, local chickens, apples grown by ISU alums and so much more.



To feed a campus bigger than the size of most Iowa towns, we order a lot of food. Pallets, cardboard, glass, metal, cans, lightbulbs – if there is an outlet to recycling it, we do.