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Meal Service for exempted students staying on campus during Covid-19 social distancing

  • 1.  Meal Service for exempted students staying on campus during Covid-19 social distancing

    Posted 03-19-2020 10:32
    UT Arlington is moving to online classes through the end of the semester.  This involves closing the residence halls as well.  Apartment and Residence Life has emailed the students living in the halls and asked if there are any that do not have another option.  They are looking at exempting these students to be able to live on campus while we move to online classes.  With this, we will still need to provide food service.  However, our local government has closed all foodservice to pickup/carryout only.  For those universities that are allowing exempted students to stay on campus, are you using an order form for students to request meals and set pickup times?  If you are not using an order form, are you prepackaging foods and opening a dining area for preset pickup times?  Interested in what other universities are doing to provide meals.

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    Stephanie Edgett
    University of Texas at Arlington
    Assistant Director for Contract Management

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  • 2.  RE: Meal Service for exempted students staying on campus during Covid-19 social distancing

    Posted 03-20-2020 09:38

    This is what Sheridan is doing.  We have weekly order forms and students decide which meals they want delivered to the lobby of the residence (we don't have a dining hall).  The menu is set weekly.

    We are just starting it so I don't have any data regarding how well it's going yet.



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    Tracey Ens
    Sheridan College
    AVP, Business Services
    Oakville, Ontario
    Canada
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  • 3.  RE: Meal Service for exempted students staying on campus during Covid-19 social distancing

    Posted 03-20-2020 10:55
    Good morning.

    For those students that have remained on campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University has limited hours for each meal period for students to come to pick their TOGO meals.
    Meals are packaged with a variety of items and beverages. Any special dietary needs are being handled individually. We have not yet moved to an order form but I can see that coming if numbers continue to decline.
    Be safe all.



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    Bob Valenti
    Fairleigh Dickinson University
    Associate VP for Auxiliary Services
    Teaneck NJ
    United States
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  • 4.  RE: Meal Service for exempted students staying on campus during Covid-19 social distancing

    Posted 03-20-2020 18:29

    Stephanie – I would like to know what others are doing.  Starting Monday we will literally have just 30 students that we provided exemptions for remaining on campus. 

     

    There is a skeleton crew working on campus, and probably a few people (50-100) in surrounding off campus residences that may/may not have meal plans.

     

    We have started B, L, D hot fresh meal service (we serve buffet style into to-go containers), for a couple hours each.  This is not sustainable given these low numbers. We served 76 meal total yesterday.

     

    To cut costs, we are looking to possibly only stay open for service for these 30 exempted resident students and no one else.  That way we may be able to handle it as a small catered and/or boxed meal program to their one building.  We are consolidating them down to one next week.

     

    Any feedback on what others are doing would be appreciated.

     

    Bill Moran

    Xavier University

     

     

    Best Regards,

    Bill

     

    Bill Moran

    Senior Director, Auxiliary Services

    moran@xavier.edu

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  • 5.  RE: Meal Service for exempted students staying on campus during Covid-19 social distancing

    Posted 03-23-2020 09:54
    Morning, we have consolidated housing as we only have approx 30 students that we provided exemptions for.  We have created a weekly menu and sent it to these students via email. Selections are limited and are due back to our Dining Services Director so she can work directly with her staff on meal prep. We have closed our Dining Hall, but have deemed this as the pick up location, as we believe students still need to escape the confines of their room and get outside, and meal prep and distribution makes more logistical sense from this location.  We have set meal pick up times for both lunch and dinner, and at the dinner pick up, we give them a breakfast option to take back with them for the next morning.

    We are using our online ordering system for our Convenience Store (C-Store), and students can pick up orders during the same pick up hours for lunch or dinner, or we will deliver to the front door of the residence hall between 10am and 4pm, M - F for the students to meet the delivery personnel.

    Today is the first day of us doing this, so we have limited data to report. Approx 50% of the students submitted their meal requests.

    We are offering meals to these students only.  Not faculty and staff.

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    John Overberger
    Rollins College
    Director of Business Services / Purchasing
    Winter Park, FL
    407-646-2112
    joverberger@rollins.edu John
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  • 6.  RE: Meal Service for exempted students staying on campus during Covid-19 social distancing

    Posted 03-23-2020 10:19
    At Presbyterian College, dining services have been limited to take out.  To meet dietary needs, menu items are limited to options that could accommodate the students and staff remaining on campus.  The hours have been reduced but breakfast, lunch and dinner is still available.

    Be well -

    Jason

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    Jason Koenig
    Presbyterian College
    Director of Auxiliary Services
    Clinton SC
    United States
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  • 7.  RE: Meal Service for exempted students staying on campus during Covid-19 social distancing

    Posted 03-25-2020 10:00
    These are all terrific responses - Thanks all for sharing your perspectives! If you're interested in hearing from other NACAS members or would like to share your own success stories/lessons learned, I encourage you to do so on our upcoming Virtual Roundtable on COVID-19's business impact and how we can continue to support our students. Folks will be sharing their experience around the topic and I think the addition of the above voices would only strengthen that conversation. Let me know if you're having trouble registering, or if you have any other questions!

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    William Hurley
    NACAS
    Professional Development Coordinator
    Charlottesville VA
    United States
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  • 8.  RE: Meal Service for exempted students staying on campus during Covid-19 social distancing

    Posted 03-26-2020 11:35
    We still have or res dining operating with limited hours, campus pushing as many students as possible to move out though we will likely settle on 50-100 exempted and consolidated into a single building. We are serving them and are looking to use grubhub to have them pre-order in a hospital format (no menu, just choose protein and dietary restrictions and pickup time). Students are served in to go containers from the service line, dining room is closed for seating.

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    Aaron Neilson
    Director, Dining Services
    California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

    Pomona CA


    (909) 869-2788
    apneilson@cpp.edu
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