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Eating Local

Local Food Initiatives

The University affirmed its commitment to sustainable and local food by partnering with Bon Appétit Management Company to deliver Penn’s Dining program. Bon Appétit and Penn Dining are committed a sustainable future for food service by providing flavorful food that’s healthy and economically viable for all, produced through practices that respect farmers, workers, and animals; nourish the community; and replenish our shared natural resources for future generations.

Learn more about Penn and Bon Appétit's sustainable dining efforts at the Penn Dining website.

Learning about Sustainable Food Practices

Each year Penn Dining and Bon Appetit host various events to educate members of the Penn Community on food-related issues, from sustainability to social justice.

  • Food Week – Held each October, food week features a variety of activities which highlight various issues around sustainable food. Topics include farm worker rights, local farming, nutrition, food waste management and events include seminars and workshops, lectures, community service activities and farm and kitchen tours.
  • Eat Local Challenge - The Eat Local Challenge highlights the dining cafe chefs’ creativity, educates guests about eating locally and seasonally, and supports and publicizes great local farmers. All ingredients for selected stations come from local farmers and artisans within 150 miles of Penn the only exception is salt!
  • Low Carbon Diet Day - This event is designed to teach the Penn community about low-impact eating. Typically, on Low Carbon Diet Day, guests can enjoy a delicious meal by swapping beef and dairy for equally flavorful but planet-friendlier options such as chicken, pork, and vegetable-based proteins.

University Square Farmers Market

Since 2004, the University Square Farmers’ Market has been held at the corner of 36th and Walnut Streets. The Market is open Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May through November. The Farmers’ Market offers neighbors and members of the Penn community an opportunity to buy fresh, delicious food from local farmers as well as allowing students to make purchases using their dining plans. 






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Sustainable Food Programs

Interested in eating locally and sustainably? Penn Students, Staff and Faculty can participate in a variety of Farm Share and Community-Supported Agriculture programs.

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The Penn Community Garden is a raised-bed organic garden located between Rodin College House and 40th Street field.

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