Dining Services makes switch to cage-free eggs

January 3, 2007

The Evergreen State College will use exclusively cage-free eggs at its campus dining facilities, a move that The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) praised as an important step for animal welfare.Evergreen's Dining Services has chosen to completely eliminate the use of eggs from caged birds from its dining facilities, including The Greenery , The Market , The Corner Store and Seminar II Café. The college uses more than 2,000 pounds of liquid cage-free eggs and almost 10,000 shelled cage-free eggs per year.

Aramark's Craig Ward, director of Dining Services says "Evergreen's dining services goal is to support the mission of the college while promoting the well-being and social responsibility of our campus community. We continually strive to meet the needs of our socially-conscious student body by providing organic, pesticide-free, and local foods. Making the change to cage-free eggs aligns with the goals of our entire campus community and is just one of many steps we have taken towards realizing a more sustainable dining services operation. Aramark Corp. is the provider of campus food service. The Evergreen State College joins Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle University and Whitman College in enacting a policy to eliminate or greatly reduce the use of eggs from caged hens. Across the country, more than 100 colleges and universities have done the same, including University of Wisconsin-Madison, Berkeley, Stanford, Princeton and Yale.

"The Evergreen State College has taken a positive step for animal welfare by ending its use of eggs from caged birds," commented Paul Shapiro, Factory Farming Campaign director for The HSUS. Several major grocery chains have also implemented similar policies.