Sustainable Food Systems

Sustainability in our food system starts at production.


Sustainability in our food system starts at production.

Food Production

Volunteers work off their big meal by planting the live apple trees that were on display during the dinner. That's Crofts Hall in the background.

Sustainability in our food system starts at production. You can try your hand at growing your own crops in our campus garden or listen to the buzzing of honey being made in our apiaries! 

Food Consumption

people standing behind a table outdoors.

Consistent access to nutritious food is a necessary part of being a successful, healthy student.  Should you experience an unanticipated hardship, UB Blue Table can help connect you to groceries.


compost illustration.

UB Campus Dining and Shops and 3 Pillars catering compost all kitchen scraps, pre-consumer and catering food waste. UB Campus Dining and Shops has used an Eco-Smart food dehydrator to help manage food waste since 2009.  In 2016, UB began working with a Natural Upcycling which operates an anaerobic digestor. When UB's Eco-Smart machine is at capacity, food waste is now diverted to "feed" an anaerobic digestor. 

Food Recovery Network

student volunteer serves rice.

The UB Chapter of Food Recovery Network is a student-led organization, which receives financial support and mentorship from UB Sustainability. FRN has a strong partnership with UB Campus Dining and Shops and together they work to capture edible food, that would otherwise be composted, and redistribute it to community-based organizations, and Feed More WNY.  

Since, it's inception in 2021 this group has relied on student volunteers to perform food recoveries.  To date UB students have captured over 5 tons of food and provided it to people in need. 

Food Rescue

baked fruit pie.

Did you order too much food for your event? Post it to UB Food Rescue. This group is dedicated to redistributing prepared foods, preventing food waste, and tackling food insecurity at University at Buffalo. Please post and share free food from events and meetings that is available to students, faculty, and staff that find themselves in need of food (leftover or otherwise!).

Please ensure that you fully read and understand the Group Rules before participating in this group's activities. Send the administers a message if you have any questions or concerns.