Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.64
Liaison Kimberly Post
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2022

STARS v2.2

Saint Joseph's College - ME
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 6.00 Maya Atlas
Program Director, Stone Barn Event Coordinator
Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation
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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):
We have identified our certified/verified vendors and noted them in the provided spreadsheet. Included are IFOAM USDA Organic (mostly through Maine Organic Farmers Association-MOFGA).

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) No No
Convenience stores No No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes Yes

Total annual dining services budget for food and beverage products:
$500,000 - $999,999

A brief description of the institution’s sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:
Pearson’s Cafe has a robust local purchasing program that will continue to opt for local/community based products and to improve our ability to opt for vendors who are certified/verified by recognized standards. All of our meat products are classified within our system of local/community based. Our criteria are stricter than the one listed here. Our purchasing includes but is not limited to; All milk, all beef, some pork, some chicken, grains and oats, coffee, all seafood. We engage multiple small local farms for produce.

Policy to be classed as a “Local: purchase
Owner owned and operated - Must reside locally
Farms not to exceed $5,000,000 in gross annual sales
Meat, poultry and dairy not to exceed $10,000,000
Within 250 miles of Saint Joseph's College
$1,000,000 liability policy
On Site inspection has to be performed
Mission and / or practices must inline with Pearson's Cafe core values

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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