Staying current is more important than ever in the fast-changing world of collegiate dining. The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) is your ally in this pursuit, providing the programs and resources you need to excel in today’s dynamic dining environment. From benchmarking and best practices to educational programming and professional networking, NACUFS is the association to help you bring excellence in collegiate dining to your campus.

Our Mission

To support and promote excellence in collegiate dining.

Our Vision

To be the professional resource for collegiate leaders elevating dining, transforming the campus community experience.

Our Members

NACUFS institutional members include private colleges, large public universities, two-year colleges and four-year universities. Our members are self-operated, contract managed or a hybrid of both and located in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and beyond. Our industry members represent a broad spectrum of regional, national and international companies from food and equipment manufacturers, equipment to brokers and foodservice-related companies. For additional information on membership, click here.

Our History

In 1958, NACUFS was founded by a group of college and university foodservice professionals from across the United States. The brainchild of Richard Lichtenfelt, then director of dormitory food services at Central Michigan University, NACUFS became the first association solely focused on foodservice in colleges and universities.

Our Bylaws

NACUFS governing principles are contained within the association's bylaws.

Our Strategic Priorities

As a trade association dedicated to supporting and promoting excellence in collegiate dining, NACUFS will pursue four priority strategic initiatives to best place NACUFS as a highly valuable resource to position college and university foodservice professionals to deliver distinctive campus dining experiences, cultures, and strategic value.



The NACUFS Foundation Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship provides merit scholarships to students at member institutions who are committed to pursuing careers in accredited programs in the foodservice profession or related areas.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy

At NACUFS, we are committed to celebrating individual differences, practicing inclusion, and treating people with fairness and dignity. We will endeavor to work with people and organizations who share our core values.