Community Engagement

Supporting Our Penn Community

Community engagement is central to our commitment to improving the well being of our guests, the community and the environment. Penn Dining is committed to collaborative engagement with Penn students, faculty and staff, as well as to the local and regional communities. We actively engage with students to enrich our relationship through charitable efforts that make meaningful contributions to the community's well-being. Penn Dining currently works with:

  • Enterprise Center's Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises to help aspiring chefs access professional equipment, as well as mentors who help them with business plans, distribution outlets, and access to local ingredients so they can take part in the current farm-to-fork trend. Learn more...

Swipe Out Hunger

Swipe Out Hunger is a national hunger relief non-profit that collects unused meal swipes from students to be given to students that are considered food insecure. This program assists students that cannot afford food on a consistent basis. Penn Dining partners with Penn’s campus Swipe Out Hunger chapter to host swipe drives for students to donate their unused swipes. Please see Penn’s Swipe Out Hunger Facebook page or the Swipe Out Hunger website for more information.

Watch Your Waste

Penn Dining hosts interruption tables in dining cafes, such as Houston Market, to help students learn how to properly separate their food waste, recyclables, and trash. Our goal for the event is to decrease waste contamination, which occurs when food waste and trash are thrown into the recycling. If recycling is too contaminated, it will all be placed into the landfill which contributes to increased greenhouse gas emissions. Keep an eye out for our next Watch Your Waste event!

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