Why do I need a meal plan?
Our north campus residence halls are not equipped for our students to be cooking meals. As a large residential university, it is our responsibility to provide meals for the 7000+ students on campus. In order to provide the meal plan program for resident students, we must utilize a structured meal plan. We have adopted the format we presently use in order to meet the changing schedules and specific major requirements students take on as they progress through their college years.
Do any meals carry over to the next week if I don’t use them all?
No, they do not. We operate on a meals-per-week program so that you know every week throughout the semester how many meals you have available to you. Some schools offer a set number of meals for the semester, and it is the student’s responsibility to keep track of how many they are using so that they don’t run out before the end of the semester. Keeping track of 7 meals each week is much easier in the long run than keeping track of 122 during the course of the 16 week semester.
What if I have class during a meal period? Do I have to miss a meal?
We offer a take out program. You can get a reusable to-go container from the checker and take out anything we’re serving to eat later at your convenience. Or, you can make arrangements ahead of time for us to prepare a bagged meal for you to pick up at a specific time. These consist of a sandwich of your choice, bagged snacks, fruit and dessert.
If I miss a meal, can my friend use it?
No, the meal plans are designed for the enrolled student only. We provide guest meals with all our meal plans that can be used for a visitor to join you in the dining center. But your meals-per-week are strictly for your use.
Can I give an unused meal to a guest?
Our meal plans are exempt from NYS sales tax. One of the requirements for our meal plans to be classified as exempt from NYS sales tax is that the meals can only be used by the individual with the meal plan. If we allowed meals to be shared with others the meal plans would be subject to NYS sales tax which would increase the overall price of the meal plans that we currently offer.
Why can’t I use a meal at a cafe?
Campus cafés are not designed to handle the volume of students that our dining centers can accommodate. They are provided as a grab-and-go spot where our customers can pick up something to go or to have a quick bite with a friend.
What is SUpercard FOOD?
SUpercard FOOD is a declining balance account that is designed to supplement our meal plan program. It allows students to make a la carte purchases in our cafés, convenience stores, food courts and other locations.
Can I add more SUpercard FOOD if I run out?
Yes, you can add in $25 increments through your MySlice account.
Where can I use SUpercard FOOD?
All SU Food Services locations accept SUpercard FOOD funds including the dining centers, student centers, food courts, campus cafés, convenience stores (Food Works, FW II, South Campus Express and West Campus Express), Goldstein Alumni & Faculty Center, the Inn Complete, campus vending machines and Dome Concessions.
Do you recycle?
Yes! We recycle a wide variety of things including plastic, paper, glass, metal, used cooking oil, toner cartridges, batteries and we reclaim water for rinsing dishes prior to the wash cycle.Link to our sustainability page.
What do you do to be more sustainable?
- SUFS considers sustainability in all aspects of dining from planning a new facility, to buying compostable products, and composting. Some of the things we do to be more sustainable include:
- Incorporating energy efficient models whenever we purchase new equipment.
- Composting pre and post-consumer waste.
- Using low-flow sprayers to save water.
- Recycling in all of our units and offices in conjunction with Onondaga County policies.
- Buying local products whenever possible.
Do you buy local?
Yes, we buy as many local products as we can. We define local producers by looking at what they offer, where they get it from and customer request. For instance, not only is Byrne Dairy located in Syracuse, they use local dairy farms as their suppliers for milk products. The Upstate Farms yogurt served in SU’s Dining Centers is manufactured in Upstate New York. The milk used to make the yogurt comes from local dairies. By buying this local product, Food Services is supporting local farmers and saving fuel that would be used in the supply chain of a national brand product.
Where does the food that SUFS serves come from?
We purchase from approved, reputable sources using a sealed bid process. Whether you get a sandwich in a café or make one yourself in a dining center, you get the same high quality ingredients. We offer brand names like you will find at home including Kraft, Tyson, Nabisco, Uncle Ben’s, Pillsbury, Dole, Kashi, Nestle, Skippy, Special K, General Mills, Land O Lakes, Campbell’s, Keebler, Heinz, Betty Crocker and more.
Do I have to eat all my meals per week at one specific dining center?
You can eat at any of our north campus dining centers. In fact, we encourage you to try different dining centers because they all have their own unique personalities
Do each of the dining centers serve different foods?
All of the dining centers have the same food. All the dining centers work off the seasonal menus that are posted on our website Click on our Daily Menu and Nutrition link for more information about menus.
How can I increase my meal plan?
Any time you feel that you are not getting enough meals per week, you can move to a larger meal plan. Simply contact the Housing, Meal Plan and ID Card Office in 206 Steele Hall and tell them you need to increase your meal plan.The phone number for the Housing, Meal Plan, and ID Card office is: 315-443-2721.
What kind of meal plan should I have if I am a commuter student?
It depends on your individual schedule. If you want one meal every day while you are on campus, then a 5 or 7 plan would be sufficient. Many off campus and commuter students choose to have a SUpercard Food plan, which can be used in both our campus cafés and in our all-you-care-to-eat dining centers. It all depends on how you anticipate your semester going.
What day of the week does the meal plan start?
Meal plans start/renew every Thursday morning with breakfast and count down through dinner on Wednesday nights.