Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 64.57
Liaison Sherri Mason
Submission Date June 14, 2023

STARS v2.2

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.03 / 6.00 Kyle Coverdale
Housing & Food Service
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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):
Using the metrics from Menus of Change used average inventory on hand for plant-based foods and divided out from total inventory.

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 Yes Yes
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor No No
Student-run food/catering services No No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) Yes Yes
Convenience stores Yes Yes
Vending services Yes Yes
Concessions No No

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:
All products meeting our PA/Green standards are purchased on a competitive bid basis and, in addition to meeting our standards, are also our best pricing alternatives. We currently allow for a small cost premium for PA produce items on the UP campus, in order to encourage our produce suppliers to source PA grown products. We continue to put great efforts into increasing the number of PA vendors we purchase from directly, as well as the amount that we purchase from them. In 2016 we also established a hyper-local standard that includes product from the county in which the campus resides and surrounding counties. Since its establishment in 2016, some hyper-local produce has been purchased from the Penn State Student Farm. Although there is no specific policy that requires these purchases, Housing & Food Service's head chef actively encourages the managing chefs to buy from the student farm, especially when it has surpluses.

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:

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