Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Michelle Seppala Gibbs
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Hope College
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.90 / 6.00 Melissa Smith
Director of Dining
Creative Dining
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:

An inventory of food and beverage purchases that qualify as sustainably/ethically produced:
A brief description of the methodology used to conduct the inventory, including the timeframe and how representative samples accounted for seasonal variation (if applicable):
For the period of 2021-2022, 18% of all foods purchased were Local Spend, MBE+WBE, or B-Corp certified.

For the period of 2021-2022, 28.8% of all food purchases were plant-based (27.5%) or third party certified for sustainability (1.2%).

Our primary supplier, GFS, provides us with a procurement summary of all sustainable food and beverage purchases. This report can give us all suppliers and growers that we have purchased from our locations. In addition, all of our purchases from our dairy cooperative, meat market, apple orchard, bagel supplier, sorbet manufacturer and local bakery are considered local.

Website URL where the institution’s validated Real/Good Food Calculator results are publicly posted:

Which of the following food service providers are present on campus and included in the inventory/assessment?:
Present? Included?
Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution No No
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Student-run food/catering services No No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) No No
Convenience stores No No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes Yes

Total annual dining services budget for food and beverage products:
$1 million - $4.9 million

A brief description of the institution’s sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:
Hope College Dining Services is dedicated to providing the best possible dining experience, while also making sustainable choices in the purchasing of their food and beverage products. Hope works with Gordon Food Services to obtain a list of all local manufacturers and growers, and from that list determines where to purchase products. Hope also contracts directly with some local growers, such as for apples, dairy products, and meat products. Hope College Dining Services operates under a trademarked sustainable purchasing platform called FarmStead. FarmStead includes vetted suppliers based upon Creative Dining Services sustainable supplier criteria.

Website URL where information about the food and beverage purchasing program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Excess prepared food in good condition is donated to a local Community Kitchen on a weekly basis. This organization opens their doors to anyone in the community in need of a meal and support.

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