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Carolina Food Co.


Sustainability

Sourcing Responsibly

  • Locally Sourced means grown, raised, or caught within 250 miles of the University of South Carolina. We strive to purchase products from local, independently-owned, minority-owned, or women-owned businesses whenever possible. We’ve partnered with Senn Bros. Produce to provide us with the freshest local fruits and vegetables.
  • Local food isn’t just better on your plate, it’s better for the community. Buying local food supports local farmers and keeps their businesses thriving.
  • Carolina Food Co. is committed to offering meat, egg, and dairy products that are from animals raised in a humane environment. This includes working with suppliers that strive for an environment that is consistent with the “five freedoms” of animal welfare. We purchase quality Brasstown Beef from North Carolina and Springer Mountain Farms chicken from Georgia.
  • Our goal is to purchase 100% sustainable seafood by 2018, including fresh, frozen and shelf-stable seafood products for both wild-caught and farm-raised seafood. We only purchase seafood rated Best Choice or Good Alternative by Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

 

Minimizing Waste

Carolina Food Co. models its waste reduction strategy after The Food Recovery Hierarchy developed by the EPA.

Source Reduction

  • Carolina Food Co. eliminates waste by planning meals for a specific number of guests. That keeps us from preparing too much food. If we make too much, we take note for the next time that meal is prepared.

Feed Hungry People

  • If there is excess food prepared, Carolina Food Co. works with a student organization called Food Recovery Network to donate safe food to hunger relief agencies in the community.

Industrial Uses

  • Green Energy Biofuels collects waste oil from our kitchens to convert into biodiesel. Green Energy Biofuels also sponsors student projects and donates to Sustainable Carolina to increase sustainable initiatives here on campus.

Composting

  • Carolina Food Co. works with Atlas Organics to remove any compostable material from kitchens on campus. From leftovers to napkins, all compost is processed and distributed to homes, school gardens, and farms throughout the Southeast.

Landfill

  • Sending waste to a landfill is a last resort. Carolina Food Co. does everything possible to divert waste from a landfill and put it to good use elsewhere. We welcome creative ideas and volunteers to help us in our mission to reduce our environmental impact.