Sodexo, a giant food service company, is increasing its plant-based offerings at hundreds of college campus cafeterias over the next few years, with the goal of reducing their carbon footprint by 34%. They are aiming for 42% of the menus to be plant-based at hundreds of colleges and universities by 2025.
The push to move toward more plant-based menus is being driven by an initiative between Sodexo and its longtime partner Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which has been helping Sodexo to update their menus and animal welfare policies over the past 15 years.
College just got more veg friendly. Aramark, the nation’s largest campus food service company, is increasing its vegetarian and vegan options after a survey it commissioned showed that over a quarter of students said that vegan options were important to them. This is great news for students at local colleges and universities such as the University of Washington
Aramark has over 80 vegan entrees available for incorporation into their residential menus. The line up includes dishes such as Tofu-Potato Hash, Vegan Home Style Pancakes and Spiced Breakfast Quinoa to Southwest Sweet Potato, Butternut & Black Bean Chili, and Chickpea Panchmael. There’s even vegan snickerdoodles for dessert.
About 40% of students say that the ability to customize meals is one of the top five most important attributes at limited service restaurants, so Aramark is planning on setting up veg action stations where students can design their own made-to-order dishes.
Formerly the focus of many a joke and horror story, we’re happy to see the improvements in college dining. We’ll spare the students the usual rant about how boomers used to have to walk five miles in the snow to campus only to get a serving of motor oil and sawdust!