GW strives to provide sustainable, local food options for the campus community. At GW, learning is not limited to the classroom. We take full advantage of all that our city has to offer, including D.C.’s vibrant food scene. Our dining experience gives students access to food and groceries from more than 80 GW Dining Partners located both on- and off-campus, with our off-campus dining partners concentrated in our nearby Foggy Bottom/West End neighborhoods for quick and easy convenience to campus. Designed to fit the busy lifestyle of GW students, GW dining supports myriad dietary preferences by providing healthy foods and convenience.
GroW Community Garden
The GroW Community Garden is a block-length plot of land (located on H Street between 23rd and 24th Streets). It is supported by the George Washington University, and maintained by two student managers (employed by the University) as well as a strong volunteer base. Interested in volunteering? Email [email protected] to sign up to volunteer.
All of the produce is grown to support the work of Miriam's Kitchen: a nonprofit organization that aims to end chronic homelessness in Washington D.C. Miriam's incorporates fresh, local produce into the meals they serve to their guests Monday through Friday every week of the year. GroW produce goes right into the kitchens of folks who are housed through Miriam's Permanent Supportive Housing program, which transitions around 135 individuals experiencing homelessness into housing while continuing to provide supportive services.
In addition to supporting Miriam's, the GroW Community Garden functions as a tool to educate and build community at GW, largely
through its affiliated student organization: The GroW Community. The GroW Community offers students and community members a space to engage with sustainable agricultural practices, consider issues of food access and food sovereignty in Washington D.C., and cultivate community around food.
The GroW Community also facilitates a CSA program that connects students with local farmers and producers to purchase Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm shares of fresh, local produce and other food items using GWorld.
As part of GroW’s mission to educate the GW community about local food and food security, a mural at the garden celebrates local food heroes who have been critical in promoting food sovereignty in DC.
Take a Food-Related Course
Explore the environmental, social, and economic impacts of food with Spanish-American chef, restaurateur, and World Central Kitchen founder, José Andrés, in SUST 3003 World On A Plate. World On A Plate is led by José Andrés and Tara Scully, Director of the Sustainability Minor and Assistant Professor of Biology. This course features service learning experiences and a wide range of guest speakers. For more information about this course offering, email [email protected].