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What is UFoods?

UFoods (University Food Systems) was a USDA-funded research and outreach project of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS, and the NC 10% Campaign to research and develop new market opportunities for small and mid-scale local farmers by building collaborative supply chain links from farms to university campuses. This project was funded 2016-2018.

The UFoods project partnered with six publicly-funded North Carolina universities that host the NC 10% Campaign's Local Food Ambassador Program.

  • Elizabeth City State University

  • Fayetteville State University

  • North Carolina A & T State University

  • North Carolina Central University

  • University of North Carolina Pembroke

  • Winston-Salem State University


Project Contact:

Robyn Stout

NC 10% Campaign

Center for Environmental Farming Systems

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

North Carolina State University

Project Collaborators

Rebecca Dunning

Research Assistant Professor 

Social and Economic Research and Evaluation

Center for Environmental Farming Systems 

North Carolina State University

Jewel Jones

Public Communications Coordinator

NC 10% Campaign/UFoods

North Carolina State University

Lauren Davis

Associate Professor

Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering

North Carolina A&T State University

Josie Walker

Farmer Research and Outreach Coordinator

NC 10% Campaign/UFoods

North Carolina A&T State University




The How it Works Handbook: A Guide to University Food Systems & Local Food Programs,  is designed to showcase some of the local food initiatives of our UFoods partner schools, while also explaining the structure of the university dining system, steps for successful programs, and various pathways through which locally-grown food can reach campus community members. How It Works Handbook can be found here.


UFoods worked with campus teams and NC Cooperative Extension to create Campus Local Food Guides for each of our six partner universities. The guides provide a detailed map of local food eateries and projects within walking distance of campus as well as a listing of nearby restaurants, grocers, farmers, community gardens, related community organizations, student club/program information, and student advisory board contacts. Campus Local Food Guides can be found here.


Look for local food providers on our UFoods Campus Communities Farmer Map, by location and alumni status. Farm contact & products are also included.

UFoods Farm Partners Map can be found here.


Start the local food conversation at your university by encouraging locally-grown/caught foods at catered events on campus or by taking a field trip to a nearby agritourism farm. These flyers list local farmers that can supply products for catered events or offer group tours. Post these flyers or share with University Catering Services, classes, and clubs.

Find UFoods Catering/Agritourism list here


NC 10% Campaign and UFoods teamed up with GeoCore Films to produce a series of dorm cooking videos based on Local Food Spotlight seasonal recipes created by the UFoods project. The goal was to work with students to create engagement tools useful in campus-based local food programming and also to train students in video planning and production. Students were featured in the videos cooking healthy, local foods in a dorm room setting using minimal supplies. Geocore trained students in concept development, script creation, and visual/graphic/prop production. Access & Share the videos from here.

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Support for the UFoods project has been provided by:

This project is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative competitive grant no. 2016-68006-24740 of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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