Ryerson’s contract with Aramark is about to expire. Instead of listening to students, Ryerson seems dead-set on more of the same – a for-profit service provider, high prices, and low quality food.

We have a plan to do things differently. But instead of considering that plan, Ryerson said “NO!”

Help Change Food on Campus:

1.  Sign the Pledge to stop Ryerson from selling-out
     food services.

2.  Suppport The Good Food Co-op – our plan for
     high quality, affordable food now.

Tag @RyeSU in a photo of overpriced cafeteria food on Instagram or Twitter using #wtfryefood and we will enter you in a draw to win an iPad or Microsoft Surface tablet!

The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) and Ryerson Student Centre have proposed a co-operatively owned not-for-profit for the delivery of food services on campus.

The Good Food Co-op would focus exclusively on providing students with great quality food at the lowest possible price.

Ryerson’s decision to go with a for-profit food services provider just doesn’t make sense. Low prices and high quality depend on The Good Food Co-op model. Why? Because for-profit food service corporations buy cheap food and charge high prices, all to inflate their profits.

Research Shows
The Good Food Co-op Model Works

  • Universities that avoided the pitfalls of for-profit
    food service providers did better and...
  • Sold more food
  • Offered more variety
  • Operated more efficiently
  • Maintained lower prices

The Pledge

Food on campus should be locally sourced, accessible to a variety of dietary restrictions, and priced for a students’ budget. For far too long, Ryerson’s food services program has been insufficient in meeting students’ needs.

There is an alternative: The Good Food Co-op.

  • I support The Good Food Co-op – a co-operatively owned, not-for–profit food services alternative that would provide the Ryerson community with high-quality food at affordable prices.
  • I pledge to fight Ryerson’s plan to continue subsidizing the profits of a for-profit food services provider like Aramark, that for over 20 years has been serving students low-quality, high-priced food.
Make your pledge

What Students Are Saying

The prices in the cafeteria are outrageous! We need more affordable options.

The high cost of food in the cafeteria is the reason I don’t eat on campus.

Pizza and wraps just don’t cut it. I would eat more on campus if the quality improved.

The quality of food in the cafeteria is dissappointing. Students deserve better.

We need more fresh food options with vegetables and local ingredients.

I believe the food served in campus cafeterias is affordable.
  • Disagree 63%
  • Agree 20%
  • Don’t Know 17%
I believe the food served in campus cafeterias is high quality.
  • Agree 25%
  • Disagree 48%
  • Don’t Know 27%
I believe there is sufficient variety of food options offered in campus cafeterias.
  • Agree 24%
  • Disagree 59%
  • Don’t Know 17%
Read more of what students are saying

high prices, high profits, bad food

We believe that private for-profit food service corporations like Aramark are not equipped to address students’ concerns with food on campus meaningfully. Their business model makes it impossible to provide good food at affordable prices. How does the for-profit business model champion bad food and high prices?

  • Instead of using their bulk-buying power to get you better prices, for-profit food service corporations like Aramark use their buying power to aggressively negotiate discounts that inflate their profits.

  • Large national food service corporations need large - and environmentally unfriendly - industrial food production.

    For-profit food service corporations like Aramark operate hundreds of food services programs across the country. This means they depend upon the largest food producers around - the ones that use industrial and unsustainable practices.
  • The for-profits are not good managers.

    Those universities that went with not-for-profit alternatives for their food services program had higher food sales and lower food costs. Apparently, the for-profits are better at managing their money than they are at managing either your food or their workers!
  • The for-profits do not understand Ryerson as well as we understand ourselves.

    Students, faculty and staff are best equipped to understanding what Ryerson needs in terms of food on campus. Our food program has suffered because Aramark treats Ryerson just like it does every other of the hundreds of institutions it operates food services at.

ryerson is selling you out


For years, Ryerson has been using your money to pay for Aramark’s profits.

Ryerson is dead-set on signing another 5-10 year contract with a for-profit food services corporation. We think it’s time to substantially improve the quality, variety and affordability of food available on campus. Ryerson believes it can draft a contract that will force a for-profit to act differently. We know this is just not true. The only contract that will get better food at lower prices is one that the University signs to become a part of The Good Food Co-op.


1998 - Ryerson signs a 5-year renewable contract with Aramark
Around 1998 - Ryerson begins spending millions to support Aramark’s profits
2003 - Ryerson renews for another 5-year period with Aramark
2008 - Ryerson renews for another 5-year period with Aramark
2013 - Ryerson commits to selling-out food services and begins to
negotiate another contract with a private, for-profit food services provider

Supporting what works

For better food and lower prices

The Good Food Co-op would use rebates and bulk purchasing power to improve food quality and lower prices, not inflate profits.

For the environment

The Good Food Co-op would work with small and medium sized local producers who prioritize ethical and sustainable forms of food production.

For your body and mind

The Good Food Co-op would provide more nutritious food to better fuel your body and mind.

For better jobs

From those that grow our food to those that prepare and serve it, The Good Food Co-op would provide better working conditions for all.

For your community

The Good Food Co-op would bring students, faculty and staff into a meaningful conversation about food on campus.

For more variety

Without the need for private food services contracts, The Good Food Co-op would provide more variety and better food options.

Get Involved

How you can help get the Good Food Co-op started:

  1. Sign the Pledge

    Show support for The Good Food Co-op and stop Ryerson from selling out food services.
  2. Send us photos of overpriced cafeteria food

    Tag @RyeSU in a photo of overpriced cafeteria food on Instagram or Twitter using #wtfryefood and we will enter you in a draw to win an iPad or Microsoft Surface tablet!
  3. Talk to your friends

    Help spread the word about The Good Food Co-op. Share the pledge for good, affordable food now. There is strength in numbers!
  4. Join the Good Food Coalition

    Contact Andrew McAllister, RSU Vice-President Operations at vp.operations@rsuonline.ca to join the Good Food Coalition and work with other students to help change food on campus.
  5. Support student-run alternatives

    Oakham Cafe and the Ram in the Rye are the only student-owned, student-run and student-focused food alternatives on campus. Continue to support these spaces and the need for better food across the entire campus.