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Seeds of Change   

Healthier for You and the Planet

What is "Seeds of Change"?


Seeds of Change is our name for series of initiatives designed to improve the way we serve the UCR campus. The goal is a healthy, well-balanced diet - consisting of options from all food groups - in right-sized portions, with an emphasis on those derived from plants.

Our focus is on fresh produce, lean protein, whole grains and heart-healthy unsaturated oils, while limiting consumption of highly processed foods, refined grains, sugar, sodium/salt and saturated fat.


Healthier for You and the Planet


Part of our goal is to provide our students with a more healthful college experience, to encourage self- and environmental respect, and promote change that is sustainable throughout adulthood.

From the menus we plan to the ingredients we source, we are working to change how UC Riverside eats.


Current Events go here in this section.


Our Initiatives


Think Produce First

Following new nutritional guidelines, we urge our guests to fill half their plate with produce, and now serve plant-based dishes in all our restaurants at every meal - including seasonal fruits, colorful vegetables and green salads.

Whole, Intact Grains

As an alternative to white flour and refined grains, we offer slow-metabolizing whole and intact grains wherever possible: in breads, cooked grains and side dishes. Oats, quinoa, brown rice and other intact grains are now standard ingredients in many dishes.

Choose Healthier Oils

We've substituted plant oils and other ingredients that contain unsaturated "good fats" for saturated fats and hydrogenated vegetable oils. We use high-flavor fats, such as butter, in limited applications.


Fresh & Local Ingredients

We are increasingly sourcing our fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy from local sources (those within 250 miles). Not only does this insure our ingredients are fresher, but reduced transportation needs lowers our carbon footprint and reduces truck exhaust.

Reduce Sugary Beverages

Added sugar in soft drinks and fruit juices is seen as a principal contributor to type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions. Accordingly, we offer a wide range of healthier options, including spa waters, unsweetened teas, vitamin-enhanced waters and sugar-free soft drinks.

Better "Blended" Burgers

Blending protein-rich mushrooms with beef to make hamburgers has multiple nutritional and environmental benefits, plus a surprising side effect: juicier, tastier burgers. We currently serve these burgers in our residential restaurants, with plans to roll out to retail venues, as well.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

UCR Dining, Hospitality & Retail Services
3637 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite F-101
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: 951-827-3456
Email: diningservices@ucr.edu

Student Employment Office
3637 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite J-115
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: 951-827-6123