Campus Dining


Dining news, upcoming special events and responses to your suggestions

Use our E-Suggestion Box for a response within 7 days or posted on our blog below.


November 13, 2015

"Hi! Will you be restocking the teas? The cinnamon one is my favorite and I miss having it every morning!! :)"


"Hi! I noticed that in the last week or so, the Marketplace has changed what type of tea bags they use - no comment on the tea flavor or anything thus far, but I've noticed that while the tea bags have changed and are now contained in packages that are not compostable, the "garbage" can next to the coffee and tea station still has a green, compost-friendly liner. I feel like this bag is going to be placed in a compost bin even though it contains non-compostable material (i.e. the bags that hold the tea)....

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October 30, 2015

"do you sell any vegan bagels anywhere?"

For strict vegans, the answer, alas, is no. As posted on signs in the Marketplace and Tiger Cooler, while many of the bagel flavors we carry do not contain eggs or dairy products, they do contain a very trace amount (less than 1ppm) of the dough conditioner L-cysteine, which comes from animal sources. A little over a year ago we put pressure on our current sources and also looked for other sources, and were not successful in obtaining an entirely vegan bagel from a supplier that met all our criteria. We're still looking and hoping. 

"Could you please stock the unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of the sweetened?"

We carry both - although the unsweetened may have been out of stock at the time you wrote. If something is not on the shelf, please ask a supervisor or cashier, we'll be happy to check for you!


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October 16, 2015

"does the bulk milk (over by the cereal dispensers) come from cows treated with rBGH, is it organic?"

Our bulk milk comes from Driftwood Dairy in El Monte. The milk comes only from cows not treated with rBST, also known as BGH. It is not organic. We are not able to obtain organic milk in bulk packaging.

Learn about Driftwood Dairy, a family owned business since 1946.

Learn about our other suppliers.


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October 2, 2015

"Which cereals are vegan? Does the Kellogg's granola have milk powder in it?"

For starters, the Kellogg's Lowfat Granola does contain milk powder.

When we received your question we jumped into the research - on our own and also by writing to General Mills and Kellogg's. General Mills has not responded yet. Here's the answere we received from Kellogg's: 

"We do not label the majority of our products vegetarian or vegan because there are varying definitions for these terms. For example, vegetarians may or may not choose to eat seafood, dairy products, or eggs. Vegans do not eat any animal products or by products, including milk, butter, cheese, eggs, and sometimes honey. Therefore, we encourage you to review the ingredient label to determine if the product meets your individual needs....

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September 18, 2015

"LOVE THE BERRY BOWLS!!!!! Thank you!!!!! Their Peanut Butter bowl is VERY WIDELY liked, can we put in a request for those please?"



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September 18, 2015

A good cup of joe is hard to come by—but not at Oxy, where Groundwork Coffee supplies the Marketplace with rich, smooth, organic and fair trade roasts for students to enjoy daily. For nearly 25 years, Groundwork has been a coffee and tea destination in LA, handcrafting drinks from the finest ingredients, as one of the first certified organic and fair trade coffee roasters in Southern California. At Oxy Campus Dining, we were impressed with their efforts to be sustainable—as they put it, "Coffee is one of the Earth's greatest resources. It's the second-most traded commodity....

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September 15, 2015

Occidental ranks #8 for the second year in a row in The Daily Meal's annual study of dining at almost 2,000 4-year colleges around the nation, and received an “A” from peta2’s Vegan Report Card.

On August 25th The Daily Meal released their annual “75 Best Colleges for Food” survey. The study ranked colleges by scoring them on the following criteria: nutrition & sustainability, accessibility & service, education & events, surrounding area food options, and the creativity of the overall dining experience. Oxy’s Own serves up a variety of nutritious meals daily, and there are more organic, locally grown options than ever. Whole fruit available in the Marketplace is now organic, local, or both.  The Campus Dining staff works hard to accommodate dietary preferences, and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are always available and...

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September 2, 2015

"Would it be possible to start offering Justin's Vanilla Almond Butter packets as one of the flavor options in the marketplace? They're delicious! Thank you!

The Justins Vanilla Almond Butter is here! Vote with your dining dollars and keep it on the menu!

"RE: jelly on pb&j containing corn syrup...any chance that could change to a jelly that contains real sugar? i'd gladly pay more for real food!"

And we would love to give you jelly made with cane or beet sugar - but we've checked all our suppliers - even the natural and organic food vendors - and cannot find any jelly made with real sugar available in bulk packaging. We believe the demand is out there, and eventually the supply chain will catch up, so we will keep on the look out. In the meantime, please be advised that our jelly contains corn syrup, not high fructose corn syrup, there is a...

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July 9, 2015

"Hello! I was wondering if it was possible to get tofu back in the sandwich station. I understand that options are limited during the summer, but there are very few options for vegetarians already. Thanks!"

The tofu was absent for a short time while business was slow, but we brought it back quickly ;-)

"The Mongolian Beef at lunch today [6/15] was FANTASTIC!!! I've been telling everyone I see to try it. The caramelized onions really made the dish....

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April 23, 2015


Will you accept 1 out of 3? The Tiger Cooler started stocking Fruit Rollups on April 17 - Enjoy!

"I'm SOOO excited that the marketplace now carries califia farms almond milk!!! Is it possible to get the regular unflavored iced coffee (not salted caramel)? Thanks!"

Our natural foods supplier just started carrying Califia...

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