End of Spring Semester and Summer Hours of Operation

Dining Service meal plans for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 academic year (including meal plan swipes and Dining Dollars) expire at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022. This does not mean that all locations close at 9 p.m. View the hours at the link below for various units to see when most dining locations will close for the spring 2022 semester.

Summer meal plans are effective from Sunday, May 15 thru Thursday, August 11, 2022.

View a list of hours on the summer hours webpage.

Nebraska farm land

Nebraska. Local.

Nebraska corn field

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 university 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 – Dining Services, at 402-472-9045 or pedwards1@unl.edu.

Our Current Producers

Plum Creek Farms
Chickens on the Plum Creek Farms

Located in Burchard, NE

Established in 2003

Owned by Logan and Olivia Barr

Provide first class chicken, eggs, and grass-fed beef to local consumers.

Plum Creek Farms
Raikes Beef Co.
Cattle on the Raikes Beef Co. farm

Located in Ashland, NE

Run by Justin Raikes

Expect to be fully certified organic by 2026.

Raikes Beef Co.
Pekarek's Produce
Vegetables and fruits from Pekarek's Produce

Located in Dwight, NE

Run by Ryan and Katie Pekarek

Produce fresh fruits and vegetables and offer a weekly subscription program to get vegetables.

Pekarek's Produce
Rotella's Italian Bakery
Bread from Rotella's Italian Bakery

Nearest location in La Vista, NE

Offer over 400 varieties of bread including sliced bread, hoagies, rolls, and buns.

Mission: “To masterfully blend old world skill and experience with modern efficiencies to provide the very best quality breads and rolls.”

Rotella's Italian Bakery
Lone Tree Foods
Produce from Lone Tree Foods

Located in Lincoln, NE

Established in 2014

Founded by Justin Jones and Mark Roh

Work with over 50 local producers to distribute fresh foods, offering pickup and delivery options.

Lone Tree Foods
Abie Vegetable
Tomatoes from Abie Vegetable

Located in Abie, NE

Dedicated to providing fresh, local, sustainable food to the community.

Abie Vegetable
Robinette Farms
Hand holding a rash

Located in Martell, NE

Run by Alex McKiernan and Chloe Diegel

Goal: “produce high quality organic greens and micro greens for busy families trying to get quick, healthy meals on the table each day."

Provide a local food subscription by distributing food from over 20 local producers.

Robinette Farms
Hiland Dairy
Hiland Dairy milk on a table

Offer dairy products including butter, cheese, milk, ice cream, juice, yogurt, and many more.

Hiland Dairy
EBee's Honey
A bowl of honey

Located in Scottsbluff, NE

Offer, and produce, honey products.

EBee's Honey
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Nebraska. Local. definition of local map
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln defines “local” as within a 250-mile radius of Lincoln, Nebraska, and anywhere in the state.

Preference will be given to food that comes from Nebraska farmers, producers and manufacturers.