Sustainability is central to UNC Asheville's food philosophy. Here are some of the ways that Dining Services has made sustainability a main focus:


Rosetta's is a local restaurant that has opened up a smaller version of itself on UNCA's campus to foster the support of Asheville's economy as well as healthy eating through providing local, vegetarian, and vegan options.

ASAP Get Local Campaign

Dining Services has have signed onto ASAP's Get Local Campaign in order to buy more local, seasonal products and feature at least one local product per month in the dining hall.

Food Connection

Brown Dining Hall has partnered with Food Connection in order to recover unused food and then donate it to local food banks. During the school year, UNC Asheville donates roughly 500 pounds a week. Read more about about dining services working with students and our surrounding community by clicking here.

North Asheville Tailgate Market

Every Saturday, from April through November, the North Asheville Tailgate Market is hosted on university property which allows on-campus students easy access to healthy and local food purchasing opportunities.

Food Day Cook-a-Thon

What is Food Day? Every October 24, thousands of events take place to bring Americans together to celebrate real, just, and sustainable foods. This year’s focus, Toward a Greener Diet, is encouraging each of us to adopt healthier, sustainable, more humane food practices. For more information about Food Day nationwide, click here.

UNC Asheville’s Department of Health and Wellness, Dining Services, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Food Connection are raising awareness about Food Day by partnering to host a cook-a-thon in the Sherrill Center Teaching Kitchen. Students, faculty, and staff will get together to cook 500 servings of a healthy plant-based meal that will be donated to Food not Bombs, ABCCM, and In Real Life at Asheville Middle School. The purpose of this meal is to teach simple food preparation to college students, to celebrate our partnership with Food Connection, and to feed those in need.

Our goal is to prepare 500 meals in 10 hours with 50 volunteers. You can help!

If you are interested in helping us cook, please sign up on this Google doc Volunteer sign-up form for a volunteer time. If you would like to donate food, see the suggested donations list below and donate at one of our barrel locations.

Suggested Donations: Please unopened packages only
Canned beans of all varieties- #10 cans or smaller
Dry beans
Dry quinoa, dried barley
Canned corn
Canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, or paste
Cornmeal (self-rising or regular)
Flour-(All-purpose or unbleached)
Dried oats--rolled or quick
Sugar--white or brown
Sweet Potatoes
Winter Squash
Cooking oils
Canned green chilis
Vinegar- apple cider or rice vinegar

Donation Barrel Locations:
Highsmith University Union- 2nd floor guest services desk
Sherrill Center- North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness Entrance foyer closest to the parking deck

If you have any questions, please email Laura Sexton (lsexton@unca.edu) or Amy Lanou (alanou@unca.edu).

All the best, Amy and Laura

Amy Joy Lanou
Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Wellness

AsheFILL it Up!

UNC Asheville is helping reduce waste and local non-profits in our area and you can help too! Each time you fill your reusable cup and your bar code is scanned you will receive 15¢ off your purchase of a hot or cold beverage and UNC Asheville donates 15¢ of that purchase is donated to Food Connection, a local non-profit that partners with local restaurants in our area to distribute surplus food to people in need.

But wait! There's more! Each time you scan your cup on campus you collect 20 points! When you reach 1000 points you get a free beverage. Additionally, every time you use the app your name is entered into a random contest! 

It's a win-win deal! So stop by any retail location on campus for your sticker to use on your reuasble cup, mug or glass and start making a difference right away! You can even scan your barcode when you refill it will water at any water station right here on campus.                                                                                                           

If you don't have a smart phone or if any issues arise please contact Laura Sexton via email @ lsexton@unca.edu and she will help you track your progress. All other questions, please contact the Student Environmental Center for more information: sec@unca.edu.