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Frequently Asked Questions

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Ohio University Culinary Services has assembled a list of our most frequently asked questions below.

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Contact us at 740.593.2970 or send an e-mail to dining@ohio.edu.

 

How do the meal plans work?

The meal plan week begins Sunday and ends at midnight on Saturday. Any unused meals left as of midnight on Saturday are lost and are not refundable. Meal plans are priced with the assumption that students will not use all of their meals. Meals are available for use by the cardholder only. Students may increase their meal plan at any time. Meal plans may be decreased up until the beginning of fall semester. Once the school year begins fall semester, students may not decrease their meal plan. All meal plan changes are made online at the Housing Self-Service portal.

When does the meal plan begin?

All meal plans for fall semester begin with lunch on the Thursday before the first day of classes.

All meal plans for spring semester begin with lunch on the Sunday before the first day of classes.

All meal plans for summer semester being with dinner on the Sunday before the first day of classes.

Guest swipe or flex points may be used for guest meals in dining courts. Students and their guest(s) have the option to dine at West 82 Food Court in Baker University Center by using Flex Points, Bobcat Cash, or credit/debit cards.  In order to reduce contact and speed our service, all Culinary Services venues are cashless.

What is the difference between a Flex Meal Plan and a Traditional Meal Plan

Flex Meal Plan meal swipes may be used at Boyd Market, Nelson Market and Jefferson Marketplace in addition to all Dining Courts. Each meal swipe in the markets is worth $6.75 of product. 

Flex points ($225 included with flex meal plan per semester) may be used at campus retail venues.

Traditional meal plans may be used in dining courts and Smooth Moves in Boyd Market.

What is the Destination Dining plan?

Destination Dining offers $450 in Flex Points (valid for the entire academic year and expiring at the end of spring semester) for only $427.  One Flex Point equals $1.00. Flex Points are non-refundable. Students on any other meal plan may add this option to their existing meal plan. 

Can students use their meal plan in Baker University Center?

The Traditional meal plan may not be used in Baker University Center.

Flex points from the following meals may be used in Baker University Center:

  • Flex 14
  • Flex 20
  • Block 15+
  • Block 45+
  • Destination Dining
  • Culinary Passport (faculty/staff)
  • Mini Passport (faculty/staff)
My student has a food allergy or special diet need. How do you accommodate this?

We provide meals for numerous special diets; in fact, Culinary Services utilizes its own gluten-free kitchen area to further assist those on campus with special diet needs. Margaret's, within The District on West Green, specializes in offering menu items for most special dietary needs. If you have questions, contact our registered dietitian, Angie Bohyer, at 740.593.2970, culinarydietitian@ohio.edu She will work with students to make certain that their needs are met.

More information on special diets

Please have your student bring any diet prescription from their physician or dietitian.

My student has class every day from 10am-2pm. How will they get lunch?

Beginning Fall 2022, Culinary Services is offering continuous service Monday - Friday at Nelson Court 11:00 a.m. -  8:30 pm. and The District on West Green 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.! Check out our hours of operation here!

 

Where can I use my meal plan?
Meal Plan Dining Courts Smooth Moves (inside Boyd Market) Brick City Deli inside Jefferson Marketplace Markets Campus Cafes Hungry Cat Food Truck West 82 Food Court Latitude 39
Traditional X X            
Flex X X X X X X X X
               
                 

 

What can students get at Smooth Moves in Boyd Market?

Smooth Moves at Boyd Market provides a fantastic option for students looking to eat a meal on the go. One meal swipe can be used at Smooth Moves to receive a smoothie meal replacement, which includes a smoothie, a baked item and a piece of fruit. One swipe from any Traditional or Flex Meal Plan may be used. 

In addition, each Dining Court offers "to-go" service within their venues. This allows students to fill a box with food of their choice. 

My student has class from 4-8pm. How will they get dinner?

Beginning Fall 2022, Culinary Services is offering continuous service Monday - Friday at Nelson Court 11:00 a.m. -  8:30 pm. and The District on West Green 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.! Check out our hours of operation here!

 

Where can I use my meal plan?
Meal Plan Dining Courts Smooth Moves (inside Boyd Market) Brick City Deli inside Jefferson Marketplace Markets Campus Cafes Hungry Cat Food Truck West 82 Food Court Latitude 39
Traditional X X            
Flex X X X X X X X X
               
                 
What are the 34 meal periods?

Only one meal may be used during any of these time periods if holding the Traditional 10, 14 and 20 meal plans. Flex 14 and Flex 20 meal plans may use more than one meal during any meal period.

  • PERIOD 1: Breakfast: Mon-Fri. (Hot Breakfast) 7:00am - 9:15am or (Cold Breakfast) 9:15am – 10:30am (Only one meal permitted between 7:00am and 10:30am)
  • Cold Breakfast: Saturday 8:30am – 10:00am
  • PERIOD 2: Lunch: Mon-Sat. 11:00am – 1:30pm
  • PERIOD 2: (Sunday Only): Brunch Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • PERIOD 3: Late Lunch: Mon-Sat 1:30pm – 4:00pm (Smooth Moves at Boyd Market)
  • PERIOD 4: Dinner: Sun-Sat 4:00pm – 7:00pm
  • PERIOD 5: Late Dinner: Sun-Thurs 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Nelson Court Sun-Sat 7:00-8:00 pm; Smooth Moves at Boyd Market - Mon-Thu 7:00-11:00 pm)
What are the Block 30, Block 60, Block 90, Block 120, Block 15 Plus, and Block 45 Plus meal plans?

Each of these plans may be viewed here.

What food concepts are available at West 82 (Food Court) at Baker University Center?
  • The College Greens - Salad/Soup Bar and Hot Bar
  • The Brick Oven - East Coast pizza, breadsticks, chicken tenders and fries
  • The Deli - Specialty and make-to-order sandwiches featuring local meats
  • Verde Blanco - Made-to-order Southwest/Mexican burritos, quesadillas, walking tacos and more
  • Western Grill - Classic hot sandwiches and fries
  • Burger Bar - Made-to-order burger options

In addition to West 82 Food Court, students at Baker University Center are invited to visit:

Latitude 39 - Gathering place for snacks, beverages, lunch, dinner and pre-game festivities. Enjoy freshly-made salads, appetizers, burgers, pastas and other unique items you wil not find anywhere else on campus. *FLEX POINTS ACCEPTED HERE*

The Front Room Coffeehouse- Serving Starbucks coffee along with a fine assortment of baked goods.*FLEX POINTS ACCEPTED HERE*

How do I change my meal plan?

Please follow this link for adding or changing your meal plan.

What is Bobcat Cash?

Bobcat Cash is used like a pre-paid debit card. Money that you put on your account can be used at a variety of locations on campus using your University ID. Bobcat Cash is a way for students, faculty and staff to access products and services on campus without carrying cash. Deposit funds to your account and use your University ID in Dining Courts, markets, cafes, vending machines, main laundry centers and Baker University Center. You can add more money to your account as needed.

Unlike cash, Bobcat Cash can only be spent on limited things in limited places on campus -- you'll be better able to see where your money is going. Bobcat Cash cannot be used at off-campus locations and does not allow cash withdraws. Bobcat Cash does carry over semester to semester and year to year.