Community Involvement

BU Dining Services not only focuses on taking care of our guests, we also do our part to contribute to the larger community around us. Besides partnering with organizations outside of the BU community, Dining Services partners with the Community Service Center to conduct fundraising and educational programs as well as working with student groups hosting theme meals and club awareness.


Food For Free rescues fresh food—food that might otherwise go to waste—and distributes it within the local emergency food system where it can reach those in need.
Through a combination of food rescue, farming, andtransportation services, we give food programs year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables, while our delivery program brings food directly to isolated seniors and people with disabilities. Our programs address not only short-term hunger, but obesity, diet-related disease, and other long-term health effects of food insecurity and poor nutrition. In addition, food rescue—also called salvage or gleaning—reduces food waste.  BU Dining is proud to partner with Food For Free and all that they do. You can visit our Food Donation page here.

Every year since 1982, BU has partnered with Oxfam to help fight poverty, hunger, and injustice. We raise contributions through “student fast” programs: BU students volunteer to skip two residence hall meals on designated days, with the cost savings donated to Oxfam. Dining Services works with student groups twice a year to organize sign-up tables in residence dining halls, helping to make these fundraisers a major success.

Bridges from School to Work provides businesses with customized job placement and workforce development solutions, which enhances both productivity and workforce diversification. 

Dining Services works with BU’s vibrant Community Service Center and student groups such as Spoon U., Alianza Latina and BU Tri Delta helping with fundraising and philanthropic activities. We also partner with residence hall associations throughout the year to offer special events and programs for residents. Other student group partnerships include athletics teams and campus Greek organizations.

“Give a year, change the world” is the mantra of City Year corps members. They provide critically needed services to some of city’s most underserved children and youth, calling on the Boston community for help. When they decided to fix up the South End House community center, more than 50 dining employees volunteered to help paint, repair, and organize. Today, kids can attend the center’s educational programs in a brighter, more productive space.