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Ramapo College of New Jersey

Dining Survey

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Name: Jeff Dannhardt

Title: General Manager of Dining Services at Ramapo College of New Jersey

Date survey submitted: 7/14/09

 

1) Total annual food budget: [ 38.8% of total sales]

 

LOCALLY GROWN AND PRODUCED FOOD

Note: For this survey, "Local" is defined as within 150 miles of Ramapo College.

2) Do you have any formal policies pertaining to local purchases?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

Our current contract state that “whenever possible, preference should be given to local products”.

Sodexo has a local purchasing policy for produce. In our contracts, we require produce companies to source fruits

and vegetables from the same state or geographical region.

Additionally, we require all vendors to follow the Sodexo vendor Code of Conduct covering the following areas;

child labor, forced labor, wages and benefits, working hours, health and safety guidelines, freedom of association,

non-discrimination, disciplinary practices/coercion, environmental guidelines, community involvement, ethical

standards, conflicts of interest and communication.

http://www.sodexousa.com/usen/citizenship/diversity/suppliercode/suppliercode.asp

 

Questions 3-5 pertain to locally grown purchases.

3).From how many local farms or growers do you purchase (excluding on-campus farms/gardens)?

[ 0 ] Number from which you purchase directly.

[ 10 ] Number from which you purchase through a distributor (please specify name and location):

The following are local farms which Baldor Produce purchases from:

The Vineland Cooperative Auction - Vineland, NJ which includes: Dalponte Organic, Molinelli Farms, Ordille

Farms, Formisano Farms, Frank Donio Farms, Cresci Farms, Double J. Farms, J.E. Pegrongl Farms, Lombardi

Farms, L. Viereck Farms, Nurge Farms, Russo Farms, Tom Pantano Farms.

Davenport Farms - Kingston, NY

Martens Farms - Port Byron, NY

Lynette & Sons farm - Kent, NY

Mountain Sweet Berry Farms - Rosco, NY

Flying Rabbit Farms – Otego, NY

Berried Treasures - Rosco, NY

Kennedy Farms - Manorville, LI

Eckerton Hill Farms - Lenhartsville, Pa.

Blue Marble Farms - Stone Ridge, NY

Lucky Dog Certified Organic Farms - Hamden, NY

 

4) How much do you spend annually on purchasing food that was grown or raised locally?

[$ ] This is currently not available since we do not track these purchases separately.

Eggs and Dairy

Dairy is contracted by Sodexo with regional dairies and most milk is procured within 150 miles. The exception is

with deficient states where the demand outweighs the production.

 

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):

NY State Apples (in season)

Fingerling Potatoes

NJ Tomatoes

Fossil Farms Farm Raised Emu

Assorted local produce through Baldor Farms

 

6) From how many local processors do you purchase?

[ 1 ] Number from which you purchase directly.

[ 0 ] 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?

Approximately 3.9% of our purchases are on bakery items produced locally.

 

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

goods, yogurt, cheese):

Bread and baked goods.

 

9) Do you purchase milk from a local dairy?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Balford Farms in Bensalem, Pa.

Dairy is contracted by Sodexo with regional dairies and most milk is procured within 150 miles. The exception is

with deficit states where the demand outweighs the production. Regionally contracted dairies are antibiotic and

rBGH/rBST free.

 

10) Do you source any food from an on-campus farm or garden?

[ x] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe source and amount:

 

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:

The college currently does not have any formal policies concerning the purchase of organic and/or sustainably

produced food.

Sodexo has agreements with regional and broad line distributors that provide organic and sustainably produced

foods available to all accounts for purchase. As of July 2009, Sodexo has made the following commitments with an

achievement date of 2015.

-100% of the fish and seafood we serve will be sustainably caught and raised.

-100% of the farm and ranch products we serve will be responsibly grown from local and sustainable producers.

 

13) Do you purchase organically grown or produced food?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please list items: Organic produce for co-sponsored events with the Student Sustainability Coalition.

 

14) How much do you spend annually on organically grown or produced food?

[$ ] This is currently not available since we do not track these purchases separately.

 

15) Do you purchase cage-free eggs and/or confinement-free meat products?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).

[ %] Percentage cage-free eggs. This figure is not tracked separately.

All shell eggs served in the Ramapo College Pavilion dining hall are cage free.

[ %] Percentage confinement-free. Type of meat product:

[ %] Percentage confinement-free. Type of meat product:

Sodexo has agreements with regional and broad line distributors that provide cage free egg and pasture raised

meats. It is up to the account/client if they want to pay for the increased costs and purchase the product .

 

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:

Sodexo has agreements with regional and broad line distributors that provide grass fed products. It is up to the

account/client if they want to pay for the increased costs and purchase the 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:

The USDA specifies and regulates hormone and antibiotic use in the meat industry and Sodexo suppliers are

regulated by the USDA. Additionally, Sodexo has agreements with regional and broad-line distributors that provide

hormone and antibiotic free meats. It is up to the account/client if they want to pay for the increased costs and

purchase the product.

 

18) Do you purchase hormone- and antibiotic-free dairy products?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).

[ %] Percentage hormone- and antibiotic-free. Type of dairy product:

[ %] Percentage hormone- and antibiotic-free. Type of dairy product:

Yes. Regionally contracted dairies provide 100% antibiotic and hormone (rBGH/rBST) free fluid milk.

 

19) Do you purchase seafood that meets Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines or

Marine Stewardship Council standards?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please indicate.

[ %] Percentage purchased that meets guidelines. Please list guidelines used: <-percentage not available.

Sodexo contracts through regional and broad line distributors for seafood that provide seafood certified by the

Marine Stewardship Council and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines as well as the Aquaculture

Certification Council.

 

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:

Sodexo offers vegan entrees on a daily scheduled basis.

 

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

[ x] Some. Please describe:

[ ] All

Resident Dining offers Nescafe (Fair Trade Certified)

Retail offers Seattle’s Best (Organic Fair Trade Certified)

Sodexo Commitment: We will double our purchase of fairly and responsibly traded products every year until 2015.

 

23) Do you purchase other Fair Trade Certified food products?

[ x ] No

[ ] Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).

[ %] Percentage purchased that is Fair Trade Certified. Type of item:

 

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

Description (optional):

Disposable dishware for retail, “grab and go,’ and late night dining.

Reusable dishware for resident dining and catering events.

Sodexo Sustainability Commitment:

We will utilize environmentally responsible equipment, products, packaging and cleaning practices at 100% of our

offices, productions facilities and client’s sites by 2015.

 

25) If you offer disposables, please indicate materials used (check all that apply).

[ x ] Plastic or polystyrene

[ x ] Postconsumer recycled content

[ x ] Biodegradable/compostable

[ ] Other

Description (optional):

Sodexo Sustainability Commitment: We will utilize environmentally responsible equipment, products, packaging

and cleaning practices at 100% of our offices, productions facilities and client’s sites by 2015.

 

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:

Reusable coffee mug program in retail with .89 cent refill for 16 oz. cup.

Reusable bags used in Convenience Store only. No disposable bags offered.

 

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.

Ramapo College of NJ does not currently participate in a composting program. When a composting program

becomes available on campus, Sodexo accounts will provide food products for composting.

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.

Ramapo College of NJ does not currently participate in a composting program. When a composting program

becomes available on campus, Sodexo accounts will provide food products for composting

 

30) Do your dining facilities donate excess food to a food bank, soup kitchen, or shelter, etc.?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe:

Entering seasonal closedowns, any perishable products which cannot be frozen for later use are donated to the

local food bank.

 

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:

Ramapo College of NJ will be Tray Free in all resident dining halls beginning in September 2009.

Sodexo suggests that accounts choose to remove trays from dining halls. Research conducted by Sodexo

accounts demonstrate that removing trays creates a reduction in food waste by one ounce per person saves ¼

gallon of water per tray. There is also saving in natural gas and energy to operate the dish machine to wash trays

as well as fewer chemicals that enter the waste water stream.

 

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):

 

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: One example includes coffee grounds.

 

34) Are recycling receptacles located throughout dining locations?

[ ] No

[ x] Yes. Please describe: Glass, plastic and newspaper receptacles located in retail dining.

 

35) What is the dining services' current waste-diversion rate (the percentage of recyclable waste

diverted from traditional disposal)? [ %]

This number is obtained by contacting the College Facilities Department that handles the recycling/waste diversion.

Unless Sodexo handles the waste removal and recycling, we can not calculate the information.

 

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:

[ ] School operated. Please describe:

[ ] Other. Please describe:

Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com) is a leading integrated facilities management services company in the U.S.,

Canada, and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo serves more than

ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college

campuses, government, and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of

Sodexo Group, and funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.sodexofoundation.org), an

independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $11 million in grants to

fight hunger in America.

 

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

[ x ] Yes. Please describe:

Operations manager and General mgr. work closely with the Student Sustainability Coalition throughout the year.

 

 

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