UCLA Dining rarely has excess food because a food tracking program is used to calculate the amount of food that should be purchased.

On occasions when there is excess food such as large student events or winter break, Dining Services donates leftover produce, prepared food, eggs, milk, and extra unopened products to LA Mission and Los Angeles Food Bank. Food that is collected throughout the year is donated to the Community Programs Office (CPO) Food Closet. There are also Food Closet donation boxes located at the front desks of residence halls and at Covel Commons to collect non-perishable donations.

In winter 2019, Dining Service partnered with several student organizations to create Bruin Dine, a program that takes leftover food from dining halls and serves it to the community. In winter and spring 2019, 773 pounds of food were recovered from dining halls and served to students and the UCLA community.

In 2017-18, H&HS donated 2,500 pounds of food to the CPO food closet.

In 2016-17, H&HS donated 5,520 pounds of food to the CPO food closet.

In December 2014, Dining Services donated over 2,100 pounds of food and 122.5 cases.

In September 2014, Dining Services donated over 1,300 pounds and more than 2,200 turkey wraps, cookies, and sliders that were left over from the 2014 New Student Welcome BBQ.

In September 2013, Dining Services donated 386 pounds of food left over from the New Student Welcome BBQ that would otherwise be composted. In December 2012, 8,200 pounds of leftover produce were donated as part of the Winter Break shut down.

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