Dining has a process implemented to manage and reduce food waste by managing food purchased and ensuring very little food waste. Through a food tracking program, dining has been able to project an estimate of food needed to purchase. As a result of this process, dining is left with little to no food available for donation. When the campus has a big student event or winter break each year, there is always food left over. Dining Services donates this left over produce, prepared food, eggs, milk, and extra unopened products on shelves are donated to LA Mission and Los Angeles Food Bank.
In December 2014, Dining Services donated over 2,100 lbs of food and 122.5 cases
In September 2014, Dining Services donated over 1,300 lbs 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 lbs. of food left over from the New Student Welcome BBQ that would otherwise be composted. In December 2012, 8,200 pounds of left over produce were donated as part of the Winter Break shut down.