Nebraska. Local.

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 local menu items on a daily basis. In addition, the University Catering offers Nebraska Local menus and a few 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
Thursday November 8, 2018 Thanksgiving Dinner
Wednesday December 5, 2018 Holiday Dinner
Wednesday January 16, 2019 Soup Bowl Extravaganza Lunch
Thursday February 7, 2019 Supreme Mole Dinner
Thursday March 14, 2019 Irish Dinner
Wednesday April 17, 2019 Best Breakfast Ever

East Campus Union Café & Grill

Wednesday September 19, 2018 Taste of Italy Dinner
Wednesday October 17, 2018 Grill Sensations Dinner
Wednesday November 14, 2018 Comfort Food Dinner
Wednesday December 5, 2018 Holiday Dinner
Wednesday January 23, 2019 TBD
Wednesday February 13, 2019 TBD
Wednesday March 13, 2019 Early St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
Wednesday April 17, 2019 Taste of South Carolina Dinner