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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.

What meal plans do you offer?

Culinary Services offers Traditional and Flex Meal Plans. Nearly 55% of our students choose a Flex Meal Plan. The Flex 20 and Flex 14 Meal Plans offer $225 in Flex Points per semester, in addition to 20 or 14 meals per week that can be used in any Dining Court, Smooth Moves at Boyd Market or campus markets. Meals are worth $6.75 in the markets. Flex points are accepted at West 82 Food Court, The Front Room Coffeehouse, Latitude 39, Cafe BiblioTech, South Side Espresso Bar, ARC Cafe, Cafe at Factory St.Smooth Moves, and all Dining Courts. Flex Points are not accepted within any Campus Market, in vending machines or laundry centers. All Flex Points will expire on the last day of the school year. Additional Flex Points may be purchased via the Destination Dining Plan. Flex Points are non-refundable. The Traditional Meal Plan offers 20 or 14 weekly meals that may be used in any of our Dining Courts or Smooth Moves at Boyd Market. The Traditional 20 comes with 10 guest meals per semester; the Traditional 14 comes with seven guest meals per semester.

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 website and clicking on the "Housing Self-Service" link.

When does the meal plan begin?

All meal plans for the academic year begin with lunch on the Thursday before the first day of classes. Parents are welcome to have a meal with their student. Parents and students 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 Plans may be used at Boyd Market, Nelson Market and Jefferson Marketplace in addition to all Dining Courts. Each meal is worth $6.75 of product in the Campus Markets. Additionally, Flex Meal Plans provide $225 Flex Points per semester and may be used at West 82 Food Court, Latitude 39, The Front Room Coffeehouse, ARC Café, Southside Espresso Bar, Cafe at Factory St., and Café BiblioTech. Students with Flex Meal Plans may bring guests with them to any Dining Court as well.

What is the Destination Dining plan?

The Destination Dining Plan offers $450 in Flex Points for the price of $427 and is open to any student who is already on a meal plan or students who have met the residence requirement and/or been exempted from their housing and dining contracts. Flex Points on the Destination Dining plan are valid for the entire school year. The Destination Dining Plan is accepted at West 82, Front Room, Latitude 39, Café BiblioTech, ARC Café, South Side Espresso Bar, Cafe at Factory St., all Dining Courts, and Smooth Moves at Boyd Market. It will not be accepted at any Campus Market, in vending machines or laundry centers. Flex Points are non-refundable.

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. To watch a short video and get complete information click here.

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?

Students have the option to see a manager in any Dining Court and sign up for a sack meal, which can be picked up in the morning before their first class. Also, Smooth Moves at Boyd Market offers a smoothie meal replacement.

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?

Students have the option to see a manager in any Dining Court and sign up for a sack meal, which can be picked up at any time during the day. Also, Smooth Moves at Boyd Market offers a smoothie meal replacement until 9:00 p.m. 

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?

Block 30- Open to all students who have met the residence requirement or students exempted from their housing and dining contracts living off campus. The block plan is any 30 meals that may be used in any of our Dining Courts or Smooth Moves. The 30 meals are valid from the first day of the semester and expire on the last day of the semester. Students and staff members may bring guests and will be charged one meal swipe per guest.

Block 60- Open to all students who have met the residence requirement or students exempted from their housing and dining contracts living off campus. The block plan is any 60 meals that may be used in any of our Dining Courts or Smooth Moves. The 60 meals are valid from the first day of the semester and expire on the last day of the semester. Students and staff members may bring guests and will be charged one meal swipe per guest.

Block 90- Open to all students who have met the residence requirement or students exempted from their housing and dining contracts living off campus. The block plan is any 90 meals that may be used in any of our Dining Courts or Smooth Moves. The 90 meals are valid from the first day of the semester and expire on the last day of the semester. Students and staff members may bring guests and will be charged one meal swipe per guest.

Block 120- Open to all students who have met the residence requirement or students exempted from their housing and dining contracts living off campus. The block plan is any 120 meals that may be used in any of our Dining Courts or Smooth Moves. The 120 meals are valid from the first day of the semester and expire on the last day of the semester. Students and staff members may bring guests and will be charged one meal swipe per guest.

Block 15 Plus- Open to all students who have met the residence requirement or students exempted from their housing and dining contracts living off campus. This meal plan offers 15 meals per semester in any Dining Court or Smooth Moves, plus $150 in Flex Points. The 15 meals are valid from the first day of the semester and expire on the last day of the semester. Students and staff members may bring guests and will be charged one meal swipe per guest. Flex points are good for the entire academic year. Flex points are accepted at West 82, Latitude 39, The Front Room Coffeehouse, Cafe BiblioTech, ARC Café, Southside Espresso Bar, Cafe at Factory St., all Dining Courts, and Smooth Moves. Flex points will not be accepted within the Campus Markets, vending machines or laundry centers. One Flex point equals $1.00.

Block 45 Plus- Students who have met the residence requirement or students exempted from their housing and dining contracts living off campus may purchase a Block 45 Plus meal plan. The Block 45 Plus meal plan is any 45 meals that may be used in any of our Dining Courts and Smooth Moves (meals may not be used in the markets) plus $150 Flex Points. The 45 meals are valid from the first day of the semester and expire on the last day of the semester. Students and staff members may bring guests and will be charged one meal swipe per guest. Flex points are accepted at West 82, Latitude 39, The Front Room Coffeehouse, Cafe BiblioTech, ARC Café, Southside Espresso Bar, Cafe at Factory St., all Dining Courts and Smooth Moves. Flex points will not be accepted within the Campus Markets, vending machines or laundry centers. One Flex point equals $1.00.

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?
  1. Visit www.ohio.edu/housing
  2. Click on "Housing Self-Service"
  3. Enter your OHIO ID and password
  4. Select the "New Student or Returning Student Contract" for the appropriate quarter. Please Note: you will only need to complete one contract per academic year as meal plans will carry over from semester to semester.
  5. Select your desired meal plan.
  6. Your meal plan total will be added to your University bill.

*Meal plan upgrades are available at any time; however, Meal plan downgrades must be completed before the beginning of the academic year.

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.