As a division of UHDS, OSU catering also attempts to source its ingredients from local and organic distributors. Catering menus can be customized to include local and organic selections.
OSU Organic Growers Club
Organic Growers Club is an all-volunteer, student-run organic farm uses ~2 acres to provide educational and social opportunities for anyone wanting to learn about agriculture. The group sells fresh produce to support summer interns, education, farm maintenance, and help philanthropic organizations around town.
Composting at OSU
Since 2018, UHDS has utilized a system called LeanPath to measure, analyze, and reduce pre-consumer food waste in dining halls. This has helped UHDS use its resources more efficiently and reduce their environmental impact. Some food waste is unavoidable, including some kitchen scraps and leftovers from the dining centers, all of which is composted. Composting at OSU diverts tons of waste from the landfill and provides a feedstock for the Pacific Region Compost facility, run by Republic Services. Additionally, the OSU Organic Growers Club makes and uses compost at their farm on Highway 34.
Human Services Resource Center
The Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) provides basic needs to students marginalized by inequity, poverty, and oppression, including grocery support, SNAP assistance, textbook and laptop lending, and other services to students in need. Low-income students can get access to fresh produce and other good foods at the HSRC food pantry.