Our dining program supports the College's commitment to sustainability by sourcing locally produced foods, reducing waste, and conserving resources.
With the opening of the new Dining Center in October 2022, we will operate in a space built with the latest in sustainable technologies, that will be powered by all-electric energy from renewable resources. The Dining Center will be part of the new Dining and Community Commons, which you can learn more about here.
As part of a campus-wide initiative, waste, both from our campus kitchens and post-consumer sources are part of the College’s composting program. Additionally, our dining locations all offer compostable to-go packaging. We work with Kitchen Harvest, a local, family-owned business run by a passionate husband and wife team who "enjoy making good dirt". The compost is processed and used at a family farm located in Middletown, PA. Through this program, we divert 75 pounds of compostable material a day on average. Some further steps that we've taken to reduce waste.
- We no longer offer plastic water bottles with our Grab-n-Go program, our catering, or at our retail locations. Instead, we encouraging our diners to bring their own drinking vessels and fill them from a dispenser. Community members may also purchase cans of aluminum water that can be recycled. This practice, along with the dispensers of fruit infused water available for most catered events, has helped us to divert an average of 960 plastic bottles a week from landfills.
- We recycle our used vegetable oil with Restaurant Technologies Incorporated, a system that dramatically reduces the oil and related packaging sent to landfills by recycling used oil into biodiesel or animal feed in an efficient and scalable manner.
- We provide compostable to-go containers at the dining hall and compostable to-go coffee cups and utensils at all of our campus venues.
- We have been piloting a reusable takeout container program that will help reduce the use of single-use containers on campus.
A visit to our campus dining facilities will put you in contact with a variety of locally produced delicacies. Whether it is a cage-free egg from Sandy Ridge Farm, bread from Le Bus Bakery, a fresh apple from Beechwood Orchards or a cold glass of milk from Wawa Dairy, you will taste the difference.
In addition to buying directly from local food producers, our Dining team is proud to work with a number of local, privately owned and operated food distributors. Each of these companies feature locally produced items, provide employment to area residents, and support their communities. For example our main grocery supplier, Feesers Food Distributors, is based in Harrisburg, PA and in turn provides us with many local brands. Explore this page for more information on each of our local food service providers
- American Beauty Fish & Produce
Phone number: 610-431-1477
American Beauty Fish and Produce has been Swarthmore’s main produce purveyor for the past five years. American Beauty is based locally in West Chester, PA, and sources many of its products from the Weaverland Auction in Lancaster County during the peak growing season in PA. They also source vegetables from farms further afield, around the country and internationally as well, through the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market.
- BK Specialty Foods Distributor
Phone number: 1-800-354-9445
Based in Swedesboro NJ, BK Specialty Foods is a family owned business that provides a variety of fresh, dry and frozen food products from all over the world to colleges, hotels, retail markets, restaurants and corporate food service in the Mid-Atlantic.
- Common Market Local Foods
The Common Market is a food distribution center located in North Philadelphia with the aim of connecting local farmers with institutions such as restaurants, schools and hospitals in the Philadelphia area, and distributing products from local farmers to these institutions. The Common Market provides only local and seasonally available products, and has worked closely with Swarthmore Dining services in past years to provide locally sourced products to supplement our menu on the Harvest Dinner night, as well as at the Community Gathering in the fall.
- Esposito Inc. Meats
Esposito Meats is based in Philadelphia’s Italian Market, and is a family owned meat distributor. As a PA preferred company, they work with local PA farmers to provide fresh and local products. They also provide beef, pork, veal, lamb and poultry from PA, Australia and New Zealand.
- Feeser’s Food Distributors
Phone number: 1-800-326-2828
Feeser’s Inc. is a family owned and operated local food distribution company that is based in Harrisburg PA. Operating from 275,000 square ft. of warehouse facilities, Feeser’s “offers a wide variety of nationally branded grocery, frozen and refrigerated items to their customers.” Feeser’s “is dedicated to developing and growing our business in a manner that has minimal impact on the environment.” To learn more about how Feeser’s has worked to reduce its environmental impact visit www.feesers.com/content/green-initiative.
- Neshaminy Valley Natural Foods
Please contact the dining services team for more information.
- Petro’s Bread Distributors
Phone number: 215 625-9272
Petro’s Bread Distributors is owned and operated by the Trantas family, based in Philadelphia, and “has proudly served the tri-state area since 1985.” Petro’s Distributes bread from a wide variety of local and regional bakeries, and they have a wide reach, providing baked goods for smaller vendors as well as large universities and hospitals. For a more complete list of the suppliers that they distribute for visit their website.
- Philadelphia Bakery Merchants
Phone number: 610-449-5763
The Philadelphia Bakery Merchants is a family owned and operated company, self-described as a “wholesale distributor for the 10 best bakeries in the Philadelphia Metro area.” They reliably distribute bread from renown local bakeries such as Baker Street Bread, LeBus Bakery, and Aversa’s Bakery to their customers. For a fuller list of providers that they distributor for, visit their website.
Local Brands We Obtain from Feeser's Food Distributors
- Abuelita Mexican Foods
Abuelita Mexican Foods is based in Manassas, VA.
- Atlantic Blueberry Co
Atlantic Blueberry Co. is based inHammonton, NJ.
- ASK Foods Inc.
Phone number: 717-838-6356
ASK Foods Inc., Palmyra, PA
- Bachman Company
Phone number: 717-637-6644
Bachman Company is based in Reading, PA
- Berks Company Inc.
Berks Company Inc. is based in Reading, PA.
- B&G Foods
Phone number: 800-811-8975
B&G Foods is based in Parsippany, NJ.
- Caesar’s Pasta Products
Caesar’s Pasta Products is based in Blackwood, NJ
- Chianti Cheeses
Phone number: 609-894-0900
Chianti Cheeses is based in Pemberton, NJ
- Deb-El Foods
Deb-El Foods is based in Elizabeth, NJ.
- Devault Meats
Phone number: 800-HAM-BURG
Devault Meats, Devault, PA
- Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods
Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods is based in Elmwood, NJ.
Phone number: 877-877-6032
Furmano’s is based in Northumberland, PA.
- Good Food Inc.,
Good Food Inc. is based in Honey Brook, PA.
- Giorgio Mushrooms
Phone number: 610-926-2139
Giorgio Mushrooms is based in Temple, PA.
- Great Lakes Cheese
Great Lakes Cheese is based in Hiram, OH.
- Hadley Farms Bakery
Phone number: 800-346-3494 or 301-824-2558
Hadley Farms Bakery is based in Smithsburg, MD.
- Hanover Foods
Phone number: 717-632-6000
Hanover Foods is based in Hanover, PA.
- H.B. Hunter Co
H.B. Hunter Co. is based in Norfolk, VA.
- Herr’s Foods
Phone number: 610-932-9330
Herr’s Foods, Nottingham, PA
- H.J. Heinz Company
Phone number (HQ): 800-255-5750
H.J. Heinz Company is based in Pittsburgh, PA.
- Hope’s Cookies
Phone number: 888-266-5439
Hope’s Cookies, Rosemont, PA
- Joy Cone Co.
Phone number: 724-962-5747
Joy Cone Co. is based in Hermitage, PA.
- Joyva Tahini
Phone number: 718-497-0170
Joyva Tahini, New York, NY
- Kargher Corporation
Phone number: 215-822-1186
Kargher Corporation, Hatfield, PA
- Keystone Food Products
Keystone Food Products is based in Easton, PA.
- Knouse Foods Co-Op Inc.
Phone number: 610-258-0888
Knouse Foods Co-Op Inc. is based in Peach Glen, PA.
- Kunzler Meats
Kunzler Meats is based in Lancaster, PA.
- LaMonica Fine Foods
Phone number: 856-825-8111
LaMonica Fine Foods, Millville, NJ.
- McCormick & Co. Inc.
Phone number: 410-527-6189
McCormick & Co. Inc. is based in Hunt Valley, MD.
- Montena Taranto Foods
Montena Taranto Foods is based in Ridgefield, NJ.
- Mrs. T’s Pierogies
Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Shenandoah, PA.
- O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative
Phone number: 585-343-0536
O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative is based in Batavia, NY.
- RC Fine Foods
RC Fine Foods is based in Belle Meade, NJ.
- Rosina Foods
Rosina Foods is based in Buffalo, NY
- Upstate Niagara Cooperative
Phone number: 716-892-3156
Upstate Niagara Cooperative is based in Buffalo, NY
- Utz Quality Foods
Phone number: 717-637-6644
Utz Quality Foods is based in Hanover, PA.
Local Brands We Purchase From Directly
- Beechwood Orchards
Beechwood Orchards is based in Biglerville, PA.
- Fresh Tofu Inc.
Fresh Tofu Inc. is based in Allentown, PA
- Kyj’s Bakery
Phone number: 610-494-9400
Kyj’s Bakery is based in Chester, PA
- Original Bagel
Phone number: 610-353-9600
Original Bagel is based in Broomall, PA
- Sandy Ridge Farm
Phone number: 215-340-1042
Sandy Ridge Farm is based in Elizabethtown, PA
- Wawa Dairy
Phone number: 800-444-9292
Wawa Dairy is one of the region's most well known and popular food service providers. Wawa Dairy is based in Wawa, PA.
Local Brands We Obtain from our Bread Distributors
- AVERSA'S Bakery
- Baker Street
Baker Street is based in Philadelphia, PA.
- Conshohocken Bakery
Conshohocken Bakery is based in Conshohocken, PA.
- Kontos Foods Inc.
Kontos Foods Inc. is based in Paterson, NJ.
- Le Bus Bakery
Phone number: (610) 337-1444
Le Bus Bakery is based in Philadelphia, PA.
- Soumaya & Sons Bakery
Soumaya & Sons Bakery is based in Whitehall, PA.