Chartwells Higher Education launches Grate-Ful, the largest plant-focused college event in support of Earth Month


Students at 300 colleges and universities across the country will participate in cutting-edge, waste-free and donate initiatives as part of Stop Food Waste Day

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, April 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Chartwells Higher Education (“Chartwells”), a recognized leader in contract foodservice management, today announced “Grate-Ful”, a national event designed to show gratitude to the planet, fighting food waste and advancing sustainability on college campuses. Chartwells’ fourth signature event Joyful campaign, a series of grassroots events that promote togetherness, reconnect students and celebrate campus life, will take place on April 27, 2022.

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The Grate-Ful event will take place simultaneously across all 300 Chartwells campuses on Stop Food Waste Day. The goal is to encourage students and staff to eat from plant-based menus, participate in activities to fight food waste, and prepare donation bags to fight food insecurity.

“Giving back to the communities we help serve and create is vital to us, so during Earth Month we wanted an event that puts our planet first,” said Lisa McEuen, CEO of Chartwells Higher Education. “Celebrating Stop Food Waste Day allows us to incorporate meaningful, waste-free activities for students as well as offer personalized, plant-based menus in all of our dining halls across the country.

In addition to one-day events focusing on Earth Month and sustainability, Chartwells has worked with several of its national supply partners to provide 50,000 “Packed with Purpose” bags. These bags will be donated to local pantries across the country. Students will have the opportunity to prepare hundreds of bags during Grate-Ful as part of the national effort to address food insecurity.

Chartwells also partners with activists and humanitarians, Rob Greenfield, to draw attention to the importance of living a more sustainable life. Greenfield regularly takes on extreme projects to inspire positive change. On April 20, 2022, Greenfield will launch its “Trash Me” campaign. For 30 days, he’ll live like the average American, who generates 4.5 pounds of trash a day, and carry all the trash he picks up. Greenfield will make an appearance at one of the Chartwells campuses and host a panel discussion, which will be broadcast live to students nationwide.

The Chartwells Joy-Ful campaign was created to bring students together in a special, memorable and impactful way after the global pandemic. For more information about Chartwells, the Joy-Ful campaign and the company’s commitment to sustainability, visit

About Chartwells Higher Education Restoration Services
Chartwells is the recognized leader in contract food service management, hospitality and award-winning customer service in more than 300 college and university dining environments at academic institutions across the United States. Chartwells nutritious cuisine not only satisfies the unique appetites, lifestyles and dietary needs of every guest dining on campus, but it also brings people together to promote the high-intensity relationships that will prepare students for the future. For more information, visit,,

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