Community Outreach

We Support the Local Community

Columbia Dining is commited to supporting the community. The department donates about 100 pounds of food each week to surrounding churches.  Surplus food and equipment is sent to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue as well as Broadway Community Service Pantry at Broadway Presbyterian Church, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen located just across Broadway from the University.

Columbia Dining works with the Columbia’s Community Impact Food Pantry. Each Friday, volunteers cook a meal for about 100 homeless and low-income guests. Columbia Dining donates packaged foods so that guests may choose items to take with them.

The department also has an ongoing relationship with Yes Solutions, a local organization dedicated to supporting neighborhood families in need.

Additionally, for each response received in the annual Dining Customer Service Satisfaction Survey, Dining Services makes an equivalent contribution to a local community organization.

Dining also supports our students taking action to benefit the local community, by providing donations for student group fundraisers and special events, such as the Run for Hunger, CCI Hunger Dinner, the Child Rights Conference, Relay for Life, and various student council fundraising events.