Additional Dining Announcements
Last modified April 23, 2021, 11:08 a.m.
A Look Ahead: Planning to resume normal dining operations in Fall
May 5, 2021
We are currently working toward resuming normal dining operations for the start of the Fall semester and will continue to follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), and University System of Georgia (USG) guidelines to safely adjust operations when appropriate.
*This information below is subject to change based on health and safety guidelines. We will communicate additional updates as they become available. Updates will be posted on our website.
New Customizable Mean Plans:
For the 2021 – 2022 academic year, we are enhancing meal plan options to provide students the ability to customize a meal plan that best meets their specific needs. We are also introducing a new category of meal plan choices for students living on-campus beyond their first year. Click here for more information.
Full Dine-In Service and New Power Bowls at Snelling:
We plan to open Snelling for full dine-in service this Fall. We are also introducing a new Power Bowl concept. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of fresh, delicious ingredients to build your own bowl of nutritious power foods.
Expanding dine-in service capacity and self-serve options:
Dining Commons: When appropriate, based on CDC, GDPH, and USG guidelines, tables and
chairs will be added in dining locations to increase capacity. We are planning for
all the stations in the dining commons to be open, offering even more customizable
and rotating menu options. Team members may continue to serve the food to you at some
stations. When appropriate based on CDC, GDPH, and USG guidelines, these serving lines
will transition to a self-serve option.
We plan to transition back to our standard dishware, glasses, and silverware therefore reducing many of the single-use items such as paper plates, condiment packets, bottled beverages, pre-packaged items, etc. that were introduced due to the pandemic.
Retail Dining: We are also planning for seating areas in retail dining locations such
as Starbucks and Bulldog Café to reopen. Select retail dining locations will continue
to offer mobile ordering.
Quick Markets: As we expand dine-in seating capacity and resume full-service at all our locations including Snelling, we will transition away from the three Quick Markets that were temporarily introduced to provide additional support during the pandemic when capacity had to be reduced. Grab-and-go options remain available in our retail Markets and Campus Market Express locations around campus which accept Paw Points, Bulldog Bucks, and credit/debit.
Bulldawg Box Returns:
Meal plan customers can continue to enjoy to-go options from our dining commons through our Bulldawg Box program. Meal plan customers may register for the reusable, environmentally safe, sustainable to-go container at our One Stop Shop. Containers will be available at the cashiers' stations and exchanged for one new box at each visit.
Gluten-Free Pantry Coming Soon:
Coming this fall, Bolton Dining Commons is introducing a gluten-free pantry that will be stocked with shelf-stable, microwavable items such as soups, pasta, oatmeal, bagels, sandwiches, muffins, and desserts. While we provide gluten-free menu items in all dining commons, the pantry gives an additional option for students with specific dietary needs. To gain access to the pantry, students will need to first meet with the Registered Dietitian to discuss their dietary restrictions.
Mobile Ordering in Select Retail Dining Locations:
As we return to full capacity in the dining commons, we will transition away from the Grubhub menus at O-House and Snelling. In addition to campus restaurant dining rooms being open, Grubhub will remain an option for select campus locations such as Barberitos, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, and more. Retail locations accept Paw Points, Bulldog Bucks, and debit/credit.
New Market and Einstein Bros Bagels Coming Soon:
This fall you will be able to enjoy coffee, grab-and-go sandwiches, grab-and-go salads, snacks, and beverages from this new location located in Scott Hall on the Health Sciences Campus, just below the Niche Dining Commons. This location will accept Paw Points, Bulldog Bucks, and debit/credit.
Your safety, comfort, and overall dining experience remain our top priorities. If you have any questions about dining operations for the upcoming academic year, please reach out to us at One Stop Shop.
April 23, 2021
For the 2021 – 2022 academic year, we are enhancing meal plan options to provide you with the ability to customize a meal plan that best meets your specific needs. We are also introducing a new category of meal plan choices for students living on campus beyond their first year.
The decision to enhance options came from a desire to provide greater flexibility through the customization of meal blocks and Paw Points.
“Evolving to meet the dining needs of our campus community continues to be a priority for Dining Services,” said Bryan Varin, executive director for Dining Services. “Through customer feedback, we have heard that customization is important to our students. We hope that these new meal plan options will provide the personalization and flexibility that students have requested.”
All-Access meal plans, which are available to all students (first-year students living on campus, upper-level students living on campus, and students living off campus) and provide unlimited access to UGA’s five dining commons, will be offered as a 5- or 7-day unlimited plan with the ability to customize a preferred number of Paw Points ranging from 0 – 250 points. A 10% bonus in Paw Points will be awarded with the initial purchase.
Commuter meal plans, which are available to students living off campus and provide a set number of meals, will be offered as a customizable block plan with blocks ranging from 65 – 125 and Paw Points ranging from 200 – 650.
We worked with UGA’s Student Government Association (SGA) to pilot a 180-block plan during the 2020-2021 academic year. Upon evaluation of the pilot program, along with student feedback, this plan will be offered as a customizable block plan with blocks ranging from 140 – 180 and Paw Points ranging from 0 – 300. Students eligible for this plan will include upper-level students living on campus as well as commuter students. A 180-block plan with 300 Paw Points will remain available to all students, including first-year students living on campus.
The UGA meal plan, which remains voluntary for all students regardless of housing status, provides convenience and savings. The All-Access plans are valued at approximately $5.00 - $7.00 per meal, meaning students save approximately $4.50 - $10.50 off the regular entry price for non-meal plan holders. With the Commuter plan valued at $9.40 per meal, students save approximately $2.00 - $6.00 off the regular entry price for non-meal plan holders.
“It has been an honor to be able to not just see this opportunity on campus but also work with Dining Services to bring a solution into fruition,” said SGA member Bryson Henriott. “The pilot 180- block plan we created last year was a huge step forward in ensuring that all students had a flexible and more affordable option. This new customizable meal plan option that we have designed takes this even a step further by allowing students to choose specifically a plan that works best for themselves. I am incredibly thankful for the work that has been accomplished in ensuring that every student is taken care of on this campus.”
Use our new meal plan builder to explore and customize your meal plan options!
*Note: The meal plan builder helps you determine which plan is the best for you. Students will still need to log into their meal plan account to sign up for a plan.