Farm to Campus Fresh

Around campus and inside our kitchens, our chefs are busy incorporating sustainable practices, making socially conscious choices and sourcing local food suppliers.  This continues to be exemplified with our Catering & Event Services team.

We follow these key messages:

  • We support as many as 75 local farmers.
  • We own and operate the Village Bakery, which supplies our cafes and eateries with fresh daily bagels, pastries and treats.
  • We provide plant-based options in all our cafes and eateries.
  • Our Chef’s use fresh local ingredients to create dishes that are prepared from scratch in our kitchens.
  • We support our customer’s health by promoting fresh nutritious foods to the campus community.


IMPACT Coffee logo


On March 9, 2020, UW Food Services started selling IMPACT coffee in various locations, with proceeds from each cup going to University of Waterloo’s HeForShe campaign.

HeForShe is a global effort to engage men and boys in removing the social and cultural barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving their potential, and together positively reshaping society. UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, created the initiative that was launched by UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2014.

University of Waterloo has been an active global leader and supporter of HeForShe since 2015, and as part of our ongoing commitment, we work hard to ensure equity goals are embedded into the daily fabric of our institution. Over the past five years, the University of Waterloo HeForShe campaign has undertaken a number of high-impact initiatives, including:

  • Hosting women-identifying academic leadership events
  • Providing support, referrals and guidance to those impacted by sexual violence
  • Conducting thorough reviews of policies and procedures to develop an equitable recruitment strategy for faculty hiring
  • Designing and conducting equity training, including on unconscious bias, for hiring panels
  • Creating equity allies across campus, which explores how men can be leaders in creating a safer and thriving campus
  • Created HeForShe equity research grants
  • Introduced a successful women-identifying faculty research writing retreat
  • Created sexism response workshops

IMPACT is small-batch roasted at Baden Coffee Company using Peruvian coffee beans sourced through Café Femenino, an ethical sourcing model committed to ending the cycle of poverty impacting women-identified coffee farmers. From farm to your coffee cup, IMPACT is an organic, Fair-Trade certified coffee sourced with a gender-equity framework.

IMPACT coffee features aromatic notes of caramel and freshly baked bread, with subtle hints of granola and dark chocolate in the flavour.  Pleasant acidity and full bodied, from the Northern Highlands of Peru.