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Grand Valley State University

Dining Survey

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Name:   Chuck Brown           
Title:
  Senior Food Service Director
Date survey submitted:
  7/18/09

1) Total annual food budget:
[$ 6.5M             ]

LOCALLY GROWN AND PRODUCED FOOD
Note: Geographic location and seasonal availability are taken into account in assessing your response. "Local" is defined as within 150 miles of your campus.
2) Do you have any formal policies pertaining to local purchases?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available:   We exclusively purchase Local produce provided through Sysco when available


Questions 3-5 pertain to locally grown purchases.
3) From how many local forms or growers do you purchase (excluding on-campus farms/gardens)?
[  1   ]  Number from which you purchase directly.
[   19   ]  Number from which you purchase through a distributor. Please specify name and location of distributor: Sysco Grand Rapids

                   Grand Rapids MI


4) How much do you spend annually on purchasing food that was grown or raised locally?
[$      1.3M     ]

5) Please list foods you purchase that are grown or raised locally (e.g., fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, milk, fish, honey, maple syrup; foods that are processed locally should be listed in question 8):  
Milk and Dairy Products, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, meats
Questions 6-8 pertain to locally produced and/or processed items .

6) From how many local processors do you purchase?
[ 5 ]  Number from which you purchase directly.
[   13   ]  Number from which you purchase through a distributor.  Please specify name and location of distributor:

7) How much do you spend annually on purchasing food that was processed locally?
[$     975K      ]

8) Please list items you purchase that are processed locally (e.g., bread, granola, ice cream, baked goods, yogurt, cheese):   

Tortillas, Snack Chips, Cakes, doughnuts, Assorted Baked Goods, Ice Cream, bread, meats

9) Do you purchase milk from a local dairy?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide name of dairy and location:

Country Dairy

New Era, Michigan

10) Do you source any food from an on-campus farm or garden?
[ X ]  No
[   ]  Yes. Please describe source and amount:
We have started a small garden plot as part Grand Valleys Community Garden.  These Items will be used within our operations, but the amount is negligible.  We have about 15 plants


11) Do you participate in a farm-to-school program?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe program:

ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLY PRODUCED FOOD
12) Do you have any formal policies pertaining to the purchase of organic and/or sustainably produced food?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available:
partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s SEAFOOD WATCH® program


13) Do you purchase organically grown or produced food?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please list items:

Grocery items in convenience stores such as Kashi, Clif Bars, Amy’s Organic, Drew’s Dressing, Thai Kitchen

14) How much do you spend annually on organically grown or produced food?
[$       390K    ]

For questions 15-19, please indicate percentage based on annual dollar amount spent.
15) Do you purchase cage-free eggs and/or confinement-free meat products?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).
[   %]  Percentage cage-free eggs
[   %]  Percentage confinement-free. Type of meat product:
[   %]  Percentage confinement-free. Type of meat product:

We are currently assessing availability through Sysco


16) Do you purchase any grass-fed animal products?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).
[   %]  Grass-fed. Type of animal product:
[   %]  Grass-fed. Type of animal product:

17) Do you purchase hormone- and antibiotic-free meat?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).
[   %]  Percentage hormone- and antibiotic-free. Type of meat:
[   %]  Percentage hormone- and antibiotic-free. Type of meat:

18) Do you purchase hormone- and antibiotic-free dairy products?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).
[  100%]  Percentage hormone- and antibiotic-free. Type of dairy product: Fluid Milk
[   %]  Percentage hormone- and antibiotic-free. Type of dairy product:

19) Do you purchase seafood that meets Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines or Marine Stewardship Council standards?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please indicate.
[   100%]  Percentage purchased that meets guidelines. Please list guidelines used: Do not purchase any items from the “Avoid” List supplied by seafood watch.

20) Do you offer specifically labeled vegan entrees on a daily, weekly, or other regularly scheduled basis?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please specify number of options and the frequency with which they are offered: Vegan Entrees are available at our all you care to eat facility

21) Please list and give percentages for any other sustainably produced food items you purchase that are not included above:
 

FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS
22) Do you purchase Fair Trade Certified coffee?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[ X ]  All

23)  Do you purchase other Fair Trade Certified food products?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).
[   %]  Percentage purchased that is Fair Trade Certified. Type of item: Chocolate, dried tropical fruit, ice cream, sugar, and tea

DISHWARE AND ECO-FRIENDLY INCENTIVES
24) Please indicate which of following your university-operated/contracted dining facilities offers.
[  ]  Disposable dishware
[  ]  Only reusable dishware
[ X ]  Reusable and disposable dishware

25) If you offer disposables, please indicate materials used (check all that apply).
[  ]  Plastic or polystyrene
[ X ]  Postconsumer recycled content
[ X ]  Biodegradable/compostable
[  ]  Other
Description (optional):

26) Do your dining facilities offer discounts or cash incentives to individuals using reusable dishware, bringing a bag, or bringing reusable containers?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: Individuals who bring their own reusable beverage containers receive discounts on their beverage purchases.  The University sold reusable containers during the Sustainability Event last fall.
In the fall we will implement a voluntary program for reusable to go containers.

27) Do your dining facilities use any polystyrene products (i.e., Styrofoam)?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

FOOD COMPOSTING AND WASTE DIVERSION
28) Do your dining facilities compost preconsumer food scraps?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please indicate the proportion of dining facilities that run preconsumer compost programs (e.g. two out of five dining facilities) and, if available, the combined annual tonnage composted.
[   %]  Proportion of dining facilities that run preconsumer compost programs.
[      ]  Annual tonnage of preconsumer compost.
We are currently investigating options for composting.  Specifically we are looking at a group called “SPURT”


29) Do your dining facilities compost postconsumer food scraps?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please indicate the proportion of dining facilities that run postconsumer compost programs (e.g. two out of five dining facilities) and, if available, the combined annual tonnage composted.
[   %]  Proportion of dining facilities that run postconsumer compost programs.
[      ]  Annual tonnage of postconsumer compost.
We are currently investigating options for composting.  Specifically we are looking at a group called “SPURT”


30) Do your dining facilities donate excess food to a food bank, soup kitchen, or shelter, etc.?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: During campus close downs all remaining inventory we are unable to use is donated to shelters rather than being discarded

31) Do your dining facilities have a trayless dining program?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Sometimes--on specific days, on certain occasions, or in specific locations. Please describe:
[ X ]  Yes--standard practice. Please describe program including date started and, if available, data on reduced food waste or water consumption:

32) Please tell us about any other steps your dining facilities have taken to reduce waste (e.g., food waste auditing, recycling used cooking oil for biodiesel production): Fryer oil is diverted for various uses

RECYCLING OF TRADITIONAL MATERIALS
33) Please indicate which traditional materials your dining facilities recycle (check all that apply).

[  ]  None
[ X ]  Aluminum
[ X ]  Cardboard
[ X ]  Glass
[ X ]  Paper
[  ]  Plastics (all)
[ X ]  Plastics (some)
[  ]  Other. Please list:

34) Are recycling receptacles located throughout dining locations?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: Recycling locations are available in all campus dining locations where

35) What is the dining services' current waste-diversion rate (the percentage of recyclable waste diverted from traditional disposal)?
[    30   %]

AFFILIATIONS
Questions 36-37 are for informational purposes only; responses will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.
36) Indicate if your dining services are:
[ X ]  Contracted. Please describe: ARAMARK contracts Food Service operations on campus
[  ]  School operated. Please describe:
[  ]  Other. Please describe:

37) Is the dining services director, or another dining services staff person, a member of any campus-wide environmental/sustainability initiatives or committees at your school?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

 

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