Breakfast to Dog Biscuits: UWS Uses Leftovers for Dog Treats to Reduce Waste

Taylor Holt
Updated: February 28, 2019 10:45 PM

Noon on a weekday at UWS can only mean one thing, lunchtime. Everyday, Chartwells feeds a full house of students and staff.


"We try to estimate and forecast how many meals we need to prepare for each meal service," said Sous Chef Sandy Thompson.

However, they are still left with what to do with the pounds of food leftover. Well recently, Thompson got an idea.

"I just stumbled on this Waste Not Wag Alot program," Thompson said. "And I just thought this would be great."

The idea was to use their leftovers to make dog treats. Thompson runs the Waste Management Program, so reducing waste is the goal.

"This leftover food is what we call 'back of the house' leftovers so it's not coming from anyone's plate," said Thompson.

The ingredients they use for the treats vary, but what's great is it's all freshly-made.

"I've got my little white buckets in the freezer that I store the ingrdients in, and when I get to three or four then it's time to make the treats," Thompson added.

There are some core ingredients they use like oatmeal and turkey bacon. Thompson made a batch Thursday for this story.

"I've got some leftover oatmeal. I've got some leftover porridge. I've got some beef and potato hash, and the gold is, turkey bacon," said Thompson.

Thompson says she has two dogs she adopted and they love the treats.

One batch is usually baked for a half-hour and makes about 300 treats. 

The treats go to a great cause too.

"We tried them on our dogs and our dogs went nuts over them," said Sheila Keup, Director with the Humane Society of Douglas County.

They were first donated to them back in December.

"It was a nice surprise," said Keup. "We get some dogs in that are really nervous, and just that smell of people food that these treats have,, makes the dogs very interested."

Thompson says she plans to get more creative now that she has seen how popular they are.

"Maybe I will make them like Biscotti," she said.

But, for now, it's just serving up sides to the pups in need and beyond.

"It helps the dogs. It helps the Humane Society. It helpes reduce waste and obviously, this resonates with people because they love their dogs," said Thompson.

The dog treats are currently being sold at the University. They are $4.00 a bag. Thompson says they should stay in the freezer or fridge and should last a couple months.


Taylor Holt

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