Cultivating a sustainable food system

The impact of food consumption is relevant to all aspects of campus sustainability, from human health and wellbeing, to greenhouse gas emissions, preservation of natural resources, and the generation of waste. As a result, our campus food system must carefully consider issues relating to our food's nutritional value, transportation, packaging, and waste disposal— weighing how best to meet the nutritional needs of IUPUI students, faculty and staff while balancing the social, economic, and environmental costs associated with food procurement.

Every day spent in the garden is a course on patience, community reliance, and ingenuity.

Nick Schwaberow, Urban Garden Manager

IUPUI Fresh Produce Market

The Fresh Produce Market is a monthly pop-up produce stand taking place the third Thursday of every month from 10am - 2pm at the IUPUI Campus Center. There, you can find and purchase a variety of organic herbs, fruits, vegetables, and other food items sourced locally or from the IUPUI Urban Gardens.

The Fresh Produce Market is hosted by IUPUI Food Services, Healthy IU, and IUPUI Sustainability.  Learn more about the Fresh Produce Market. 

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The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI

The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI (CKIUPUI) is a student-powered food rescue and hunger relief initiative and a model of social, economic, and environmental entrepreneurship where students address social challenges with sustainable solutions. 

CKIUPUI rescues food from going to waste, transforms it into healthy meals, and serves to those experiencing food insecurity on campus and in the community. CKIUPUI employs a lean operating model of utilizing rescued food, existing university kitchen space, and volunteers to prepare and serve meals. 

Learn more about the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI. 

Paws' Pantry

We know it's tough to be in a financial pinch and wondering how you're going to meet basic needs. Paws' Pantry is here to reduce your worries by providing food assistance to all IUPUI students, faculty, and staff.

Paws' Pantry student chairs and volunteers work to educate the campus community on issues of hunger while advocating for those who experience food insecurity. The pantry provides non-perishables, fresh produce, fresh bread, frozen meals, household items, and hygiene products. 

To learn more about Paws' Services, visit the Office of Student Advocacy and Support in Campus Center room 270, online, or on social media - @iupuipaws.


Sustainable Catering

IUPUI Food Services offers many sustainable catering options, including vegetarian and vegan options, local and seasonal produce, cruelty-free animal products, and zero waste catered meals. Download the Green Catering Guide below to help guide your conversations with IUPUI Food Services.  

IUPUI Sustainability

IUPUI Sustainability
Lockefield Village, Room 4408
980 Indiana Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202