Our Initiatives

Your Sodexo Campus Dining Team is dedicated to sustainability. We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here at Franklin & Marshall College. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to F&M.

Composting

We are proud to compost daily at the Restaurants at Ben Franklin (RBF). Beginning in January 2014, we partnered with Franklin & Marshall College, their facilities team and Terra-Gro, Inc. Graywood Farms Facility. Since this initiative began, over 230 tons of waste has been composted! Thanks to the support and cooperation of the entire Franklin & Marshall community and our dining staff, we have been able to take steps to take our sustainability efforts to a new level.

Composted materials from The Restaurants at Ben Franklin were used on our own Sponaugle-Williamson Field, Full Circle Garden and F&M Community Garden! Flavors at LS&P and Steinman's Center were all added to the program in 2016-2017. Blue Line was added to the program in 2017- 2018.

Check out how our video on composting in the Dining Hall works:

Trayless

We are a trayless campus at Franklin & Marshall. Customers without trays typically waste less food and beverages. It is also a healthier approach to eating, as we all know that at times our eyes are bigger than our stomach. Trayless dining also reduces the amount of water and detergents needed to wash trays - and saves energy too!

Meatless Monday

Our Meatless Monday feature highlights a vegan entree at one of our food stations for lunch and dinner. In addition to the entree being vegan, Meatless Monday allows us to highlight the local farms we work with by sharing with the students those farms that we received the ingredients from for that Monday's highlighted entree.

Vegan Report Card

More than 1,400 universities across the U.S. were surveyed in 2017 for peta2's Vegan Report Card. Seventy percent of them now offer at least one vegan option on their dining hall menu, and 19 percent now have all-vegan dining stations—by comparison with just 9 percent in 2016. Franklin & Marshall's dining services was proud to have received a B grading in 2017. Improvements made during the 2017-2018 school year saw the addition of more vegan options to the dining hall and retail menus. Summer 2018 saw renovations in the dining hall and the introduction of an all-vegan station that dining services had been working on throughout the spring semester. These improvements and renovations increased Franklin & Marshall's dining services rating to an A+!

Rainforest Alliance Certified Ellis Coffee

We are proud to be serving Ellis Coffee in all of our locations. Ellis coffees have been family roasted since our beginning in 1854 as a shop on Philadelphia’s waterfront. For generations, our coffees have been served in fine hotels and restaurants. Ellis is Rainforest Alliance Certified.

The Rainforest Alliance works with coffee farmers to improve their livelihoods and the health and well-being of their communities. Coffee farms or groups of smallholder farmers that earn the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal are audited annually against a rigorous standard with detailed environmental, social and economic criteria. These criteria are designed to protect biodiversity, deliver financial benefits to farmers, and foster a culture of respect for workers and local communities. 

Rainforest Alliance certification also promotes decent living and working conditions for workers, gender equity and access to education for children in farm communities.

Full Circle Garden

Our Full Circle Garden was built in April 2015. The garden uses compost collected from our Dining Hall. A variety of herbs and vegetables were planted including cilantro, tomatoes, radishes, beets, basil, cucumbers, green beans, rosemary, chives, sage, oregano, dill, parsley, chervil, thyme and peppers. The herbs and vegetables will be harvested and used for consumption in the Dining Hall. The garden will be maintained by Sodexo employees as well as student interns.

Organics (KIVO)

Our KIVO (Kosher, International, Vegan, Organic) Restaurant offers Dairy and Meat Features to students with special nutritional needs Sunday thru Friday. KIVO is certified by Star-K with a Full Time Mashgiach on site.

Local Suppliers

The majority of our produce is purchased locally. In addition, our other local partners include Hershey’s Chocolate in Hershey, PA, Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, Kegel's Produce, Lancaster Food Company and Harrisburg Dairies in Harrisburg, PA.

Green Seal Chemicals

Over Winter Break 2007-2008, we converted the dish machine chemicals in all locations over to Eco Labs Geo System line which has a green seal rating.

Biodegradable plates and utensils

All locations use spudware utensils (80 % potato starch and 20% soy). You will find a combination of paper, bagasse (Sugar resin pulp) and PLA (Ceraplast corn bi-product) in all locations for our plates, containers, cups, lids and straws.