Nebraska. Local.

Nebraska. Local.University of Nebraska–Lincoln Sustainable Food Project

Nebraska Local logo on brown background

The Nebraska Local (formerly known as Good. Fresh. Local.) program began in September 2005 and is a very popular local dining program with students and the UNL community. This program defines 'local' as food that comes from Nebraska farmers, producers, and manufacturers.

The Nebraska Local program is built on a foundation that:

  • Serves traditional menu items that promote the value of local food
  • Educates students about sustainable agriculture and the positive impact it has on the environment, local economy, and communities
  • Provides a new distribution opportunity for local farmers and producers in the world of university food service

The Nebraska Local project was created by the following team members:

  • Nebraska Cooperative Development Center
  • Nebraska farmers, producers, and manufacturers
  • The Food Processing Center
  • The Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society
  • University Dining Services
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln students

The Nebraska Local program features special monthly meals at Cather and East Campus Union Dining Centers and incorporates individual Nebraska Local menu items on a daily basis. In addition, the Catering Department offers Nebraska Local menus and a few Nebraska Local items are offered at Abel/Sandoz, Harper, and Selleck Dining Centers.

If you have any questions about the Nebraska Local Project, contact Pam Edwards, Assistant Director – University Dining Services, at 402-472-9045 or

2018–19 Nebraska Local Meal Dates

Cather Dining

Wednesday September 12, 2018 Night at the Movies Dinner
Thursday September 27, 2018 Oktoberfest Lunch
Thursday October 11, 2018 Vegan Paradise Dinner
TBD TBD Thanksgiving Dinner
TBD TBD Holiday Dinner
Wednesday January 16, 2019 Soup Bowl Extravaganza Lunch
Thursday February 7, 2019 Supreme Mole Dinner
Thursday March 14, 2018 Irish Dinner
Wednesday April 17, 2018 BBQ

East Campus Union Café & Grill

Wednesday September 13, 2017 Lunch
Wednesday October 18, 2017 Lunch
Wednesday November 15, 2017 Lunch
Wednesday December 13, 2017 Lunch
Wednesday January 17, 2018 Lunch
Wednesday February 14, 2018 Lunch
Wednesday March 14, 2018 Lunch
Thursday April 19, 2018 Lunch