Educational & Community Outreach

Dining Services operates not only to provide food for the campus community but also to provide academic resources and opportunities to student, faculty and the greater Carlisle community. Here are several recent projects Dining Services has played a role in:

Dining Services Sustainability Intern:
In conjunction with the Center for Sustainability Education, we employ an intern on a semester-by-semester basis to help guide our environmental and sustainable plans. Recent projects completed by interns include videos about our composting program and research into local purchasing.

Energy Challenge:
On an annual basis, Dining Services participates in the Center for Sustainability Education's Energy Challenge. Students are challenged to reduce their energy consumption on campus as Dickinson continues to work towards carbon neutrality by 2020. To kickoff the event, Dining Services agrees to dim lighting in the Dining Hall for "Dining In The Dark" to help create awareness.

In-Kind Donations:
Dickinson Dining Services routinely donates goods and services to campus and community organizations. We have partnered with organizations to support campus-wide events like Winterfest, children's center events pancake breakfast and chicken BBQ, Exam Treats, Orientation (Red and White Toast) and Red and White Day.

Additionally, we provide an annual donation of flex points, up to a specified amount, to charity.

We have an ongoing partnership with the local Salvation Army and donate product as often as we can when available.
We also have donated to community groups including, but not limited to the Empty Bowls Project, Central Pa. Hospice Tree of Light, the United Way, Trinity United Methodist Church Stop Hunger Now event, Big Spring High School Post Graduation and the Carlisle Rotary Club.

For more information on this, please contact our office at (717) 245-1318.

Student Staff Management:
Dining Services annually hires a staff of student supervisors to oversee aspects of our operations. These students learn management, communication and teamwork skills in a real-life setting. Students wishing to work in Dining Services may contact our management staff at