Sustainable Food at Macalester
By sourcing and sharing real food—food that is local, organic, humane, or fair trade—Macalester is a leader in supporting ecological, humane, and socially just food systems. Since 2017, the college has also participated in the Farm-to-Fork program, requiring that at least 20% of ingredients come from small farmers, ranchers, and food producers within 150 miles of the kitchen.
MacShare is a student-run cooperative that sells produce and dry bulk goods to the Macalester community at weekly pop-up sales. They purchase produce in bulk from local producers or food hubs and sell everything by the pound, at-price. Any food that remains unsold is purchased by Macalester’s Cafe Mac/Bon Appétit. It’s a convenient and affordable way for students to access fresh produce.
MacCARES/MULCH supports holistic sustainability through local community service and engagement, putting on events, providing connection points for various efforts and people, advocacy, and supporting other organizations. Emphasis is also placed on engaging individuals in sustainable urban agriculture through tending the community garden near the field house. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bon Appétit at Café Mac
Café Mac, Macalester’s main cafeteria, describes their role in sustainable food service “flavorful food that’s healthy and economically viable for all, produced through practices that respect farmers, workers, and animals; nourish the community; and replenish our shared natural resources for future generations.” More information on the Bon Appétit Wellness page.
Since 2021, Macalester has been using Green Ozzi reusable containers for students who would like to take their food to go. Students exchange the container each time they take a new meal.
Food Recovery Network
Volunteers regularly go into the dining hall after dinner to weigh, label, and package extra food. The team is currently working with encampments throughout the Twin Cities to connect with communities accepting food donations.