Thanks to a new collaboration between the University of Virginia Dining Services and Greens to Grounds, local food has never been more accessible to UVA students.

Greens to Grounds (G2G) is a student organization dedicated to promoting consciousness of local food in Charlottesville that has been offering weekly shares of local, seasonal produce since its founding in 2014. UVA Dining Services, meanwhile, is a local behemoth in food provision, acting as the primary food provider to thousands of undergraduate students each day during the academic year.

Previously students had to pay out of pocket for G2G’s goods, which was challenging for many, as a large portion of the student population uses pre-paid meal plans as their primary food source. As of fall 2016, however, students with meal plans will be able to utilize their “Plus Dollars” (a form of meal credit within plans) towards G2G offerings.

Both G2G and UVA Dining are valuable clients to Local Food Hub. G2G aims to make students aware of local food systems, capturing the attention of students at an important moment as they move into adulthood and gain responsibility over their food choices for the first time. UVA Dining, conscious of the greater Albemarle food system, has been purchasing produce from Local Food Hub in recent years, particularly for its Observatory Hill dining facility. This new agreement with Greens to Grounds highlights a landmark moment for UVA Dining as it seeks out more sustainable options for students.

For Greens to Grounds, this is another great leap for the young organization. Last year G2G began a food aid program in conjunction with the UVA Office of the Dean of Students, and this April it hosted its second annual “Produce Party” at the UVA amphitheater, a farmers’ market-inspired event that drew hundreds of students to enjoy local items.

Third-year student and director of Greens to Grounds, Allison Arnold, said in a statement to Local Food Hub that, “G2G is beyond excited to be able to bring responsibly-sourced food to a wider audience in the UVA community. The university is making strides to promote sustainable food systems and we are a link in the growing web dedicated to this effort.”

For more on this story, check out coverage from the Cavalier Daily.

This post is coming to you courtesy of Grant Schwab, LFH’s summer intern in Program Management and Communications. He is a fourth year student at UVA pursuing a Masters in Public Policy; he is also a former director of Greens to Grounds!

Thank you, Local Food Hub supporters!

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