Toreros Against Hunger

The goal of Toreros Against Hunger at University of San Diego is to serve as emergency food relief for University of San Diego students experiencing food insecurity while actively decreasing the amount of food going to waste on campus.


Food insecurity broadly defined is “the state of being without reliable access to sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.” Indicators of food insecurity include skipping meals and/or cutting the size of meals due to lack of financial resources, experiencing hunger but not eating and/or the inability to afford balanced meals.

Torero Food Recovery Program


This program is intended to support USD students who are experiencing food insecurity while also reducing waste by making food left over from Hospitality Services catered events available for pickup. 

How it Works

  • Register online to receive text alerts. Or, register by texting the word torero to 1 (662) 200-4303.*

  • You will receive a text alert when food is available.  The message will include a brief description of the food. 

  • Bring your own clean (free of contaminants) individual-sized reusable container with lid and utensil(s). 

    • It is very important that all outside containers/utensils brought in are clean to prevent contamination and illness. To support the university's sustainability efforts, a reusable container is acceptable - not a disposable to-go box.

  • Check-in at Hospitality Services, University Center 280.

    • Bring your valid USD ID card each and every time.

  • Participants must agree to and sign the USD Waiver and Food Safety Guidelines document to participate. You may sign the waiver at check-in.

  • To ensure food safety, food availability will be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes from the time the alert is sent. 

  • Food is available on a first-come/first-served basis.

  • Program is free for all, currently enrolled, University of San Diego students.

For additional questions, please contact Carol Norman, Director of Hospitality.

*Standard text messaging rates apply. Opt out by replying "stop" to any Torero Food Recovery text message.


Food Waste


USD Hospitality and Dining Services are committed to effective solutions to decrease food waste. Learn more about our sustainability efforts on the USD Dining website.

  • Our menus are thoughtfully planned to cross-utilize ingredients in recipes. We do "just in time" food purchasing based on strategic menu forecasting and customer counts.

  • Unprocessed leftover food is minimal. When available, it is offered as a donation to San Diego Rescue Mission.

  • Leftover food from university hosted catered events is made available to students via the Torero Food Recovery program (see above for details).

    • Non-USD clients may opt-in to allow food from their catered events to also be made available via this program.

  • USD Dining units are 100% tray-free. This greatly reduces the amount of food waste and saves tremendous resources, such as water, dish soap and electricity. 

  • We urge all catering clients to order appropriate quantities of food for their events.

  • USD was the first college campus to install a Biohitech Digester (2009).

    • Food scraps from University Center and Student Life Pavilion dining and catering units and kitchen are processed via the digester. (Located in Pavilion Dining inside of the LEED certified Student Life Pavilion).

    • This innovative machine eliminates the need for composting. A highly-refined formula of microorganisms and water break down all food scraps into liquid. Food wastes are entirely eliminated in approximately 24 hours, allowing the effluent to return to the ecosystem as gray water. 

Food Pantry

The food pantry (providing food and select clothing and supplies) is open to USD students experiencing food insecurity. The pantry is located in University Center room 116. For information on how to access to the pantry, visit the food pantry web page.


The USD Food Pantry is supported by Associated Students, USD Parents Association, the Torero Renaissance Scholars Program and through community donations.