Office of Student Involvement & Leadership

Food at Events


Aramark (UT Dining Services) has first right of refusal for any on-campus catering. Contact them at 419.530.8488 to plan for the event. If a student organization would like to use any other caterer, they must complete a Food Waiver and attach *copies of:

  • Itemized food service quote from each desired vendor
  • Food service licenses for each vendor
  • Liability insurance for each vendor

*Pizza and pre-packaged foods do not require additional documentation.

While food service under $500 is likely to be granted a waiver, a waiver is not guaranteed. If denied, the organization will be required to use Aramark or discontinue food at the event. 

For more information on catering and safe food handling, please review this guide from the Ohio Department of Health.

Bake Sales

If a student organization sells baked goods or any other food item as a fundraiser, all applicable sanitation guidelines and health code regulations must be followed. In addition, the following guidelines must be adhered to:

  • Baked goods must be individually wrapped and labeled. Items such as pies and cakes must be covered with a lid or plastic wrap. Labels must include the following:
    • Common name of the food product
    • Ingredients in descending order by weight
    • Net weight or net volume of the food product
    • The following statement must be in no less than 10-point type “This product is home produced.”
  • No liquid refreshments may be sold, including coffee, tea, etc.
  • No electrical appliances such as warmers may be used.
  • The sale area must be kept in an orderly appearance throughout the sale period and must be restored to its normal appearance immediately following the sale.
  • The sale of any other item other than baked goods requires a food service license from Lucas County and/or the state of Ohio.
Last Updated: 3/8/18