Food Service

Trinity is catered by Chartwells Dining Services. As part of The Compass Group, Chartwells is committed to social responsibility, especially promoting a greener campus. For general information about Chartwells and The Compass Group, click here​.


 Chartwells supports several sustainable purchasing initiatives:

  • Buying Connecticut-grown produce when available through Project Green Thumb.
  • Purchasing exclusively cage-free eggs.
  • Purchasing seafood only in accordance with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines.  


Each year on college campuses, students throw away hundreds of tons of food. This large volume of solid waste only adds to the environmental impact of a community's landfill. Chartwells has committed to several waste reduction strategies. 

  • Monitoring and reporting food waste through Project Clean Plate in an effort to reduce food waste.
  • Recycling all cardboard cartons received at all locations across campus.
  • Recycling metal and plastic materials used in the dining hall kitchens.
  • Monitoring food waste during food production through the Trim Trax program.
  • Eliminating trays in Mather Hall, the main cafeteria on campus, in order to decrease the use of chemicals, electricity and water, as well as food waste. 


From Spring 2009 to 2011, Chartwells partnered with the Knox Park Foundation to provide food waste for compost. In return, Chartwells received top soil and herbs to grow in the dining hall. ​In Spring 2017, Chartwells continued transporting compost to the local site with the help of the Green Campus Club.