Café Fast is a student-initiated program providing a fundraising mechanism for converting the value of forfeited dining hall meals into donations to charitable food-related organizations or causes. Past recipients of this program have been Oxfam, the Northfield Community Action Center Food Shelf, and CROP Walk among others. Students pledge to give up a meal on the specified day and a portion of the meal’s value is given to the charity by Dining Services.

Interested groups are invited to apply to the Carleton Student Association for this privilege. Café Fasts are limited to three per term and CSA awards them on a first come, first served basis to student groups on behalf of qualified charitable organizations. Specific procedures can be found on the CSA website.