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Food & Nutrition


Urban Food Task Force

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The Urban Food Task Force is a GW initiative that brings together faculty, students, staff and volunteers who share an interest in healthy eating, sustainable food production and food policy. The Task Force works to identify and recommend how the university can:

  • Support scholarship and instruction on sustainable urban food policy and related issues
  • Provide information and training in healthy eating and food preparation
  • Offer healthy and sustainable food choices on campus.

The Task Force supports various programs and events around campus throughout the year. 

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Chef in the Garden

Each summer, members of the GW community can apply for this unique, eight week cooking class with University Chef Rob Donais. You can learn basic kitchen skills, as well as seasonal cooking techniques with fresh ingredients.

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Cooking Videos

Even if you don’t register for the course, you can still learn from Chef Rob through a series of instructional videos. Hungry for oatmeal, soup or salad? You can find these, and more recipes.

Watch to find tips and recipes
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Food Day

Each fall GW hosts Food Day, a week of celebrations and education to help the entire university community better understand nutrition and wellness. Through a series of events, you can learn more about healthy, affordable and sustainable food. 

Campus Activities

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Apple Day

Apple Day is GW’s annual tradition that supports local farmers and celebrates the apple harvest. At various locations across campus, you can pick up free locally grown, sustainable apples with healthy recipes. 

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Campus Dining

GW is partnering with student organizations, the Office of Sustainability, our campus food provider and other interested parties to increase the sustainability of food on campus, through initiatives like Meatless Mondays. 

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Fresh Farms Market

Every Wednesday from April to November, you can stop by Fresh Foods Market right on our Foggy Bottom campus, outside of the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop. Choose from a variety of fresh produce and other products from local farmers.

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Pop-Up Market in Ward 7

A key event during Food Day celebrations, this Pop-Up Market is an opportunity for the GW community to support the larger city we live in. D.C. residents can take home fresh food, learn from University Chef Rob and meet with GW medical staff.