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Being a conscious consumer can help one watch the waist and waste. The University of Iowa community strives to be good stewards - locally and globally. This means being aware of the environmental, economic and social implications surrounding our food choices and daily decision making.

Food Pantry at Iowa

The Food Pantry is a free service available for all students, staff, and faculty. Available items may include fresh produce, protein, beans, pasta, canned fruits/vegetables, soup, breakfast items, snacks, and toiletries. Learn more here.

University Housing and Dining

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University Dining offers a great variety of nutritious choices for you to choose from, and is committed to providing sustainable products and services that protect our natural resources. When possible, they purchase locally grown and sustainable foods from our vendors. Learn more about UI Dining's sustainability efforts.

IMU River Room Cafe

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The Iowa Memorial Union dining services has made a special commitment to including local foods in dining and catering and takes these sustainable actions:

  • Exclusively offers Fair Trade coffee.
  • Offers compostable take-out containers and utensils.
  • Catering service donates leftover food to Table to Table, a local food recovery organization.
  • Offers composting.

Nutrition & U Choose


While you dine on campus, we encourage you to make the healthiest choices possible. We want you to know which foods are healthier, so we mark these choices with the UChoose apple icon to denote that item as a healthier choice. The UChoose program can be found around campus at various Campus Cafes, at the Hospitals & Clinics, and in residential dining halls. Learn more.

Vegetarian & Vegan Menu Options

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All dining facilities on campus offer vegetarian and vegan menu options. View today's menu options for:

Hawkeye Meal Share

Hawkeye Meal Share is an initiative that gives students the opportunity to donate their unused guest meal swipes online to any undergraduate, graduate, or professional student in need at the University of Iowa. Students experiencing food insecurity will be able to receive meals by contacting Student Care & Assistance in the Office of the Dean of Students. This practice eliminates wasted resources and helps promote social equity. Learn more here.