Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

Sustainability

Got Milk? Buckeyes Do.

How much milk does it it take to quench the dairy thirst of Ohio State's Columbus campus? About 13,000 gallons every month. And most of that milk comes from Ohio farmers. Student Life Dining Services is tracing the university's liquid dairy products to find out where it originates before it reaches campus.

After Ohio farmers draw the milk, Dairymens, founded in Cleveland in 1923, pasteurizes and packages it at its Cincinnati plant. Then US Foods' distribution center in Cincinnati transports the milk to campus. 

Because of the complexity of dairy food systmes, tracing the food sourcing is no small endeaver.

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Dining Services Food for Thought:

  • Dining Services goal is to have 100% transparency on our food sources. We want to connect all of our food purchases to its origin. 
  • Dining Services have one of the most comprehensive reusable cup programs in the country. 
  • Our No. 1 purchased disposable container is 100% compostable. 
  • We work directly with our coffee farmers in Central America.