Values

We Make a Difference Every Day

Live & Work Sustainably

We take a holistic approach to being good stewards of our natural resources. It starts with a focus on reducing waste (“don’t let good food end up in the trash!”) and it moves on from there to buying local foods, composting, recycling, etc. Not only is reducing waste the right thing but invariably it reduces costs.

Live & Work Sustainably

We take a holistic approach to being good stewards of our natural resources. It starts with a focus on reducing waste (“don’t let good food end up in the trash!”) and it moves on from there to buying local foods, composting, recycling, etc. Not only is reducing waste the right thing but invariably it reduces costs.

 Buy Local,
Grow Local

Buy Local, Grow Local

Buying local is a part of our everyday routine. Our Chefs and Managers are encouraged to build relationships with local purveyors to source the freshest product for our clients.

At most MG accounts, we have some kind of garden – whether container gardens, small planters or larger scale gardens. These can go a long way to educating the community on what’s involved with growing your own food (planning, tending, rotating, etc.).

Waste
Reduction

Waste Reduction

Many of our kitchens, including those in high‐volume, are composting in a variety of ways. At both Sidwell and Norfolk Academy we are composting kitchen scraps as well as postconsumer waste through a scrape system in the dining room. The compost at Norfolk Academy is picked up by “NOPE.” Our efforts to engage our partners in composting is yielding positive results: in 2015‐2016 fiscal year, MG clients composted 101,734 pounds, diverting 50.87 tons of waste from our landfills. MG also promotes recycling in our client dining rooms and will work with the account to continue or start this for as many items possible (goal is the GAPP: glass, aluminum, paper, plastic). We will also donate the fryer grease for use as biofuel through our partnership with Valley Proteins, or another preferred provider.

Raising
Awareness

Awareness

We provide programs and information regarding “how we eat” to focus on individual choices that help reduce waste: “Mindful Eating” which encourages us to take less, as well as “The Color of Your Plate” which focuses on a more plant‐based diet lowering our carbon footprint. Trash Talk is featured every month, which is information geared to raising awareness about our carbon footprint. In addition to encouraging daily use of local products as available, we have made this the focus of two large-scale events annually: Feed the Difference – MG signature event featuring all local meal, often with farmers invited & Earth Week – a full week of menus featuring local ingredients and waste reducing initiatives. We also participate in food rescue programs in DC (through DC Central Kitchen). Leftovers or less desirable whole produce and foods are donated to them and then distributed to those in need.

loving local

We have always favored local providers: better taste and quality, support stays within the community, and carbon footprint. We strive to create an active network of providers in all of our locations.  Our program audits and assessments require ‐‐‐ as a minimum MG standard ‐‐‐ something local every meal, every day, no matter the time of year! Signage and materials in the dining room designate our local and regional ingredients, and the staff is trained to promote these items. Look out for our interactive map coming soon!

loving local

We have always favored local providers: better taste and quality, support stays within the community, and carbon footprint. We strive to create an active network of providers in all of our locations.  Our program audits and assessments require ‐‐‐ as a minimum MG standard ‐‐‐ something local every meal, every day, no matter the time of year! Signage and materials in the dining room designate our local and regional ingredients, and the staff is trained to promote these items. Look out for our interactive map coming soon!

Our Core Values

 Our Core Values are a tremendous part of our culture and create the standard in which we conduct our everyday both professionally and personally.

Our Core Values

 Our Core Values are a tremendous part of our culture and create the standard in which we conduct our everyday both professionally and personally.

Local Partnerships

Building relationships with those who grow & curate our products, helps guarantee you are getting the best!

 

Local Partnerships

Building relationships with those who grow & curate our products, helps guarantee you are getting the best!

Contact Us

4944 Old Boonsboro Rd.
Lynchburg,VA 24503
434.384.3663

Want to talk Business?
partner@merig.com

Human Resources
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Testimonials

Testimonials

The food is just incredible! I really mean it...I hope you know that I am not just saying this. It's so colorful, fresh, and delicious...so special every day!"

Faculty Member 

Just a note to say thank you for all of the delicious food you and your staff serve each day. I never knew kale could taste so good!

Administrator 

Outstanding food, outstanding service, outstanding people. I brag about MG to my peers at other schools, and even to my friends and family!

Administrator 

Thank you so much for all the gluten-free options this year! All of your staff have been so helpful. They make a point to come up to me at meals and let me know what options you have for that meal. Salads are great, but sometimes a warm meal is just what you need!

Faculty Member 

Thanks for all of the good work you and your team did to ensure that last night’s welcome gathering for new faculty went off without a hitch. I’m so grateful for Team MG working so hard to make sure things are done the right way.

Head of School 

It’s an understatement to say we were surprised by the excellent quality of the food. We could not recall having a better tuna dish, even at the four-star resturants we frequent in Raleigh. Duke Integrative is a special place.

Guest 

Many times I find a favorite thing out of the many items served during lunch, and although the featured spinach and fruit salad was visually stunning; the SHOUT OUT winner of the day hands down was the very delicious unassuming Vegetarian Pinto Beans!!! The onions were glistening and the peppers served as a complimentary color to the two different shades of beans...I have one regret and that is I didn’t think to take a picture!

Administrator 

Thank you for making pimento cheese today! It not only is divine, but also hit the spot. I now regret wasting 62.5 years of life on this planet in which I did not eat this heavenly mix. As I explore different recipes in my home kitchen I will try my best to live up to the standard demonstrated by what I had today.

Faculty Member 

Everything was wonderful...as usual! The food was scrumptious...and the weather was gorgeous!

Conference Client 

I would not change a thing! Your staff was not only professional, but warm and caring. They truly set the tone for a memorable night. The food was delicious...our family and friends left with hearts and bellies full!

Catering Client 

I just wanted to thank you so much for all the delicious food at Duke. Your food was such a happy and positive experience and it made the days there so much more enjoyable to eat healthy, but tasty, great food.

Client 

Thanks for the delicious soup and the new harvest salad - and thanks for removing half the calories out of the Farm Basket brownie...haha.

Resident 

THANK YOU for your help today with the open house! Our visiting families raved about the personalized environment. We had a student tell us that Guilford went from his 3rd to 1st choice!

Administrator 

Thank you for all of your hard work on the meals and breaks for the Alumnae Board. The food was outstanding; everyone raved about each meal. Favorites included the grits on Saturday morning and the butternut squash soup on Sunday. YUM!!!

Administrator 

The amazing characteristic is that, on a day by day basis, you give us nutritious, varied, interesting, delicious food...not just something special for company. Please know how much you are appreciated and loved by this community.

Conference Administrator 

Tallman Family Farms, Tower City, PA

Tallman Family Farms, also known as Tallman Potatoes, was founded in 1946, in the beautiful Williams Valley of Pennsylvania, based on a promise between two brothers, Robert and George Tallman.

It was the end of World War II.  Robert had served in the South Pacific while George had remained on the farm. George promised Robert, that upon his safe return, he would have a business up and running for Robert to join. George kept that promise and Tallman Potatoes was born.

Since our founding, Tallman Potatoes has been a family owned and operated farm and potato packing operation, dedicated to providing the Northeast with nutritious potatoes.

George W. Tallman founded Statewide Bag Service in 1976 with his five sons.  In these 40 years, it has grown and continued as a family owned business located in Tower City, PA.  We are proud to serve other farmers and growers by supplying them with the high-quality potato bags and accessories needed to showcase their produce.

Our family owned farms now grow and produce small grains, while our selling of potato packaging materials continues as Statewide Bag Service.

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Tallman Family Farms, Tower City, PA

Tallman Family Farms, also known as Tallman Potatoes, was founded in 1946, in the beautiful Williams Valley of Pennsylvania, based on a promise between two brothers, Robert and George Tallman.

It was the end of World War II.  Robert had served in the South Pacific while George had remained on the farm. George promised Robert, that upon his safe return, he would have a business up and running for Robert to join. George kept that promise and Tallman Potatoes was born.

Since our founding, Tallman Potatoes has been a family owned and operated farm and potato packing operation, dedicated to providing the Northeast with nutritious potatoes.

George W. Tallman founded Statewide Bag Service in 1976 with his five sons.  In these 40 years, it has grown and continued as a family owned business located in Tower City, PA.  We are proud to serve other farmers and growers by supplying them with the high-quality potato bags and accessories needed to showcase their produce.

Our family owned farms now grow and produce small grains, while our selling of potato packaging materials continues as Statewide Bag Service.

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