Local and Sustainable Purchasing

 UDS seeks to provide the campus community with food options that are that perfect balance of maximum quality and minimum cost. Through growing partnerships such as with Reinhart Foods, Fifth Season Cooperative, and even Menomonie-area farmers, we strive to increase our offering of local and sustainable options. 

 Local Purchasing

  • Our direct farmer-to-university relationship with Gary Buckley of Menomonie provides delicious sweet corn every year for our Great American Cookout. This fall, that was enough to serve 1,386 meals!
  • UW-Stout subscribes to the AASHE definition of local foods:
    "grown and processed within 250 miles of our institution, or third-party certified (USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade, etc)". 

    UDS is proud to purchase from the following local companies:
    • Local Company LogosBakers Quality Pizza Crust
    • Barilla America, Inc
    • Best Maid Cookie Company
    • EllsWorth Co-op Creamery
    • Foremost Farms USA
    • Gold'N Plump Fresh
    • Kemps
    • Lakeside Foods
    • Organic Valley Co-op
    • Riverside Foods
    • Sculpture Ice
    • Silver Springs Garden, Inc
    • Westby Co-op Creamery

 Map of Local Food Sources

Map of 250-Mile Radius From Menomonie

Reinhart Foods and Fifth Season Cooperative

 Although sourcing within 250 miles for the quantities needed by University Dining Services is not possible for all food items, we are excited that many of our products do come to us from adjacent states. See these maps of Minnesota and Wisconsin (courtesy of Reinhart Foods) for all of our potential manufacturers. 

Fifth Season CoopThrough our primary distributor, Reinhart Foods

(La Crosse, WI), we have a growing partnership 
with Fifth Season Cooperative. Fifth Season is 
based out of Viroqua, WI and is an outstanding 
resource for high-quality, sustainable food 
options. As the front page of their website states:

"The Fifth Season Cooperative is a multi-stakeholder cooperative made up of producers, food processors, distributors, and buyers from the Driftless Region... Our goal is to build a robust regional food system that supports a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities."

 Organic and Fair Trade

UDS is always searching for responsible food options when they are in season and cost-effective. Here are a few examples of organic and fair-trade options that we offer:     

USDA Certified Organic
            •     Seattle's Best Coffee
            •     Sunrich Naturals organic soy milk
            •     Spring mix lettuce

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University Dining Service
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Ann Thies, Dining Director
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