Our focus on sustainable nutrition is a new area to be explored with attention put towards locally-sourced, eco-friendly and organic food products.
Our expectations to go further and greener include these sustainable nutrition goals from our Sustainability Plan (PDF):
- Implement a food labeling initiative to further dining transparency and healthy eating.
- Engage the Hunter 68th Street campus as a greenmarket host.
- Pilot an expanded grab-and-go produce market within the Hunter West Cafeteria.
- Offer at least two seasonal menu items within the Hunter food cafeteria (later stages transition seasonal menu items to also be organic).
- Pilot a bulk distribution service for dried bulk snacks/goods (i.e. trail mix, granola, nuts, etc.) in the Hunter West Cafeteria.
- Have 20% of produce (food and beverage) offerings in the Hunter food cafeteria and faculty dining room sourced locally by the year 2028.
- Secure the provision of local food sourcing, organics and recycled material content adopted into food service contract stipulations for the Hunter food cafeteria.
Hunter is partnered with GrowNYC to serve as a distribution point within the GrowNYC Fresh Food Box access network. Fresh Food Box is a food access retail program operated by GrowNYC.
As a distribution host, Hunter students are more readily able to take advantage and participate in the program initiative to buy healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables grown primarily by regional farmers at well below traditional retail prices.
Vouchers are also made available for students who face financial constraints and cannot afford to cover the costs of the Fresh Food Box.