About The Loaded Ladle

The Loaded Ladle provides accessible, sustainable, locally-sourced free food on the campus of Dalhousie University. Our collective of students and workers manages this alternative food service. We offer events and activities which critically examine barriers to food sovereignty, food security, and food justice.

More on our servings at the Dal SUB, how to volunteer, and our governance structure.

More on our programming, workshops, and to request a solidarity serving at your event.

Food Justice in Action

Our Vision:

The Loaded Ladle imagines a food system based on care and solidarity, which opposes injustice.

Our Mission:

  • Direct action to provide student-run food services at Dalhousie University and the larger community as an alternative to exploitative capitalist food services;
  • Education, action and solidarity about food security, food justice and food sovereignty.

Our Values:

  • We are explicitly anti-capitalist, anti-oppression, anti-racism;
  • We engage meaningful participation by diverse groups of people;
  • We practice and promote care, solidarity and community;
  • We practice open non-hierarchical decision-making.


The philosophy behind a student-run food service and the educational programming the Loaded Ladle provides are rooted in the following perspectives:

Food Sovereignty emerged from La Via Campesina, a global peasant movement, as the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, as well as the right to define their own food and agricultural systems.

Food Security is when all people at all times can get the food they need to be healthy and active. This includes being able to afford healthy food that is within easy reach.

Food Justice acknowledges that our food system is not neutral; we do not have a level playing field. The rules, who gets to set the rules, and the functioning of our food systems contain oppressive and colonizing forces that create and sustain inequities.

More About Us…

The links below lead to additional detail about our structure, governance, and organizational activities:

Information Brochures:

Topical Links:

Office/Snail Mail: B24-6136 University Ave., K’jipuktuk (Halifax, NS) B3H 4J2