Dining

Image of baker hand cutting dough for made from scratch bakery items. With a variety of locations that include ten cafés, five dining centers, three markets, five fast casual, and two food trucks, ISU Dining provides a variety of quality and sustainable culinary experiences that enhance the educational and cultural aspects of Iowa State University. ISU Dining serves as the main source of nutrition for students living on campus and also provides sustenance for staff, faculty, visitors and those living off-campus.

To meet this ever-growing demand, ISU Dining takes multiple steps to ensure that it leaves a minimal footprint related to the procurement, production and distribution of food. From offering discounts for reusable mugs to providing local non-profits with food donations, ISU Dining does its part to feed our campus and support our community using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible.

In striving to nourish a more inclusive and sustainable future for all Cyclones, ISU Dining continually looks for ways to improve its initiatives. Future goals include growing locally grown and produced food purchases , decreasing waste and sourcing more food from the Horticulture Research Farm. However, to best serve its customers, ISU Dining is always open to feedback from those who use its services — contact dining@iastate.edu to share your voice!


"We take pride in the Farm to ISU project. Not only does it involve our students, it involves our community...We are their kitchen."

-Karen Rodekamp, ISU Dining Assistant Director, Engagement