The Loaded Ladle is a non-profit, open cooperative of students and community members dedicated to providing affordable, diverse, fresh, and healthy food to as many people as possible. We aim to tackle the unjust global food system by providing a local alternative. The Loaded Ladle gives students the option to determine what food they eat and how it is produced through participation in our non-hierarchical and consensus-based decision making process. Our core purposes are:
- Creating more options for students by providing an ethical food service as an alternative to the corporate market-based food system on campus.
- Making an inclusive, public forum available for all students to join and participate in through our commitment to a consensus-based and non-oppressive democratic structure.
- Educating the public about food politics on campus and in our community, as well as the broader social and environmental justice issues which surround the production and distribution of food globally.
- Using food to build a greater sense of community by bringing students together and creating relationships with local food producers