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Bruin Dine


Bruin Dine serves the dual function of reducing UCLA’s food waste and feeding the hungry, bridging the gap between food waste and food insecurity. The program began as a collaborative effort among Swipe Out Hunger, Bruin Shelter, and the Hunger Project in fall 2017. In fall 2019, Bruin Dine officially became its own organization after much hard work and advocacy by student leaders.

College is complicated. Having so many commitments and responsibilities can lead to students struggling to afford reliable and nutritious food. Compounding that is food's environmental footprint from leftovers commmonly discarded at dumps. I come from a line of Midwestern farmers, so I know food production is tough work and many hours of strenuous labor are needed. All of these problems came together with one solution: Bruin Dine.

Rosemary Wallace, Bruin Dine Co-Founder and Swipes '20 Alumna

Team members cooperate with UCLA Dining and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) to collect leftover food from all four UCLA dining halls — Covel, De Neve, BPlate, and Feast. Distribution occurs on a regular basis, most recently Tuesday nights 10-11 PM at Student Activities Center Conference Room 1. However, the program seeks to expand operation to all weeknights in the future.

Like its parent organizations, Bruin Dine is heavily involved in awareness campaigns, fundraising, educational webinars, and building a strong network of student advocates.

2022 Recap

Served ~128 students weekly

~55 full trays of food weekly

Almost no food waste!

Last updated on September 20, 2022.