Dining Services

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Local and Sustainable Sourcing

WSU Dining Services is committed to supporting the Inland Northwest farmers and ranchers, and to work alongside state and regional organizations to help support the local and regional economies. We define foods as “local” when they are raised, grown, harvested, processed or manufactured within 150 miles of WSU Pullman, and "regional" when they are within 350 miles.

Grains and Legumes

Dining Services' commitment to sustainability began nearly 10 years ago when we started our partnership with Shepherd's Grain. Shepherd's Grain supplies all of Dining Services' flour for our baked goods and our recipes. We also use St. Maries Wild Rice, which is produced in St. Maries, Idaho. Finally, we source red and green lentils, barley, dried beans and several varieties of rice from Columbia Bean & Produce located in Moses Lake, WA.

With these ingredients, Dining Services has created several signature recipes including lentil chili, Palouse chocolate lentil cake, lemon garbanzo bean cake, and a wide variety of other cakes, cookies and pies. Even our pizzas are made with sustainable flour and local ingredients.

Fruits and Vegetables

We purchase local ingredients and integrate them into our recipes wherever possible. One of our well-known desserts is a Washington berry cobbler that became a favorite of our customers. We use local strawberries and berries from Walla Walla, Wash. We also purchase produce from the WSU Organic Farm.

Our primary supplier, Charlie’s Produce, is a distributor of regionally grown fruits and vegetables. Produce comes from family farms located in Wapato, Sunnyside, Pasco and Yakima, Wash. We currently have a partnership with LINC Foods, a local farmers cooperative, to receive weekly deliveries of locally sourced produce at Hillside Cafe. 

Proteins and Dairy Products

Ameristar Meats located in Spokane, Wash. processes the majority of the beef for our dining centers. We also serve cage-free eggs from Wilcox Family Farms. We also work with Wilson Banner Ranch for both produce and poultry and Omache Farms for pork products on a seasonal basis. 

WSU Dining is proud to feature Cougar Gold cheese in special recipes. Since the 1930s, Cougar Gold has been a tradition for generations of Cougs. The cheese is made on campus at the WSU Creamery with milk from the WSU dairy herd.

Fair Trade Coffee and Espresso

Our commitment to sustainability is also evident in our purchase of Fair Trade and organic coffee. Local coffee roaster Thomas Hammer supplies drip coffee in the campus dining cafés. We are also partner with Starbucks and Seattle's Best Coffee, who are committed to fair and sustainable practices.