Sustainability & Local Food at Appalachian

Sustain Appalachian logoAppalachian Food Services is self-operated making us “local” in every sense of the word.

We do not contract out our food services but rather are self-operated and employ a local staff to prepare the food that is served on campus. All sales and excess funds benefit the local economy and the university. To further our efforts, we have partnered with the Office of Sustainability to identify future opportunities, fulfill Appalachian's strategic plan and be a leader of sustainable campuses nationally.

We want to:

  • Advocate the concepts of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”
  • Help reduce Appalachian’s environmental impact
  • Build local partnerships and provide a market for local farmers to move their goods
  • Help develop a stronger local economy by using local products in the dining concepts

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Appalachian Food Services takes environmental sustainability seriously and advocates the concepts of "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle." We have partnered with the Office of Sustainability to identify future opportunities, fulfill Appalachian's strategic plan and be a leader of sustainable campuses nationally.

Local Food

We are currently purchasing 20% from local sources and look to increase this percentage in future years. We want to establish lasting and beneficial relationships with local farmers and producers, as well as help develop a stronger local economy by supporting NC businesses.

Local Appetite

Appalachian State Food Services is serving produce grown right here in the high country. High Country farmers and local organizations are collaborating to provide fresh, local food to the campus community. Support this movement by visiting the dining halls and choosing from the local food options. With the support of diners, the amount of local food served in our dining facilities will continue to grow. Keep High Country Grown food at Appalachian by feeding your Local Appetite.

Always Local List

Appalachian Food Services has developed (and will continue to add to) an Always Local list of products served in our dining facilities. These items include: Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee, NC grits, organic tempeh and tofu, fresh chicken, North Fork Farms ground beef and bratwurst, apples, sweet potatoes and more.