In a strategic move to achieve their Real Food Challenge commitment by 2020, the University of California, Santa Cruz Dining Services (UCSC Dining) has partnered with the Pacific Cookie Company to bring local and sustainable cookies to the campus.
Pacific Cookie Company cookies have long been a favorite of Santa Cruz locals who frequent their downtown bakery, as well as cookie lovers nationwide who receive beautifully packaged cookies delivered right to their door. Now, the Banana Slugs at UCSC can enjoy these famous cookies at the dining halls, cafes, and coffee bars operated by UCSC Dining.
Josh Martin, UCSC Dining’s Executive Chef, shared, “We’re excited to welcome Pacific Cookie and we thank the Pearson family (owner/operators of Pacific Cookie Company) for their generous efforts in forming this partnership. We’re pleased to bring a Real Food-qualifying cookie to campus and get closer to achieving our Real Food Challenge goals.”
In 2012, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal signed the Real Food Challenge, committing to meet or exceed 40% Real Food purchases by UCSC Dining by the year 2020. The Real Food Challenge states that Real Food is “produced in a fair, humane, and sustainable manner,” and includes foods that are produced by local farmers, growers, and manufacturers within a 250-mile radius. Pacific Cookie Company cookies are made with locally-sourced, sustainably-farmed Giusto's Flour, and qualify as a step in the right direction for UCSC Dining.