This semester, Dining Services has implemented new operating hours. Instead of closing between mealtimes, there will be continuous service throughout the day.
The East College Dining Hall will be open Mondays-Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the Student Center Dining Hall will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This decision was made over the summer break by Dining Services after consulting with Student Services partners and RHA Food committee, analyzing the results of the Student Hours of Operation survey and seeing that continuous service would be the most convenient for students.
“It’s just a great thing to have for students to not have to worry about when they can eat,” said Tiffany Gonzalez, the marketing manager of Aramark.
“It just makes it so much easier to know that it’s going to be open from when it opens at breakfast to when it closes at dinner and you can stop by at any time. It’s a very student-centered approach and that should be our focus in adding more value a meal plan.”
The Campus Master Plan states that a new dining hall is currently in the works, but Dining Services has more plans before it is built.
Carrie Charley, the new director of Auxiliary Services on campus, said, “Dining has made some positive changes this semester that I think students will love and appreciate.”
These changes include new menu items at some of the retail locations at the Student Center, as well as a new sushi chef at Sushic and more gluten free options at the EC diner.
The most notable change is the switch from Tapingo to Grubhub, due to Grubhub’s acquisition of Tapingo. This means, as of Sept. 1, students will only be able to order food through Grubhub.
To make up any inconveniences, Grubhub is waving all service fees for the fall semester. Students can still use dining dollars or credit or debit cards as forms of payment.
“Any changes that are made to our dining services are made to better serve the students,” Gonzalez said.
“We have a number of outlets for feedback including RHA Food Committee, our Voice of the Customer online survey, which can be taken yourdiningvoice.com, FLAVOR Dietary Restriction Committee, social media, a number of surveys throughout the semester, and we are always willing to speak in person.”
Gonzales says the best way to stay up to date with changes made to the dining halls is to follow SFA Dining on social media.
“Our social media channels are a great way to stay up to date with all things SFA Dining,” Gonzales said.
“We are constantly posting everything from hours of operation, to different promotions, new menu items, upcoming dining hall theme nights, nutrition events, and samplings and sales. That is also one of the most convenient ways to communicate any questions or concerns to our team. We also recently sent an email blast to all students and faculty/staff regarding the transition to Grubhub and continuous service in the dining halls and will continue to send emails with any further updates. Our website, sfadining.com, is also a great resource for additional information, especially if you are looking for our daily dining hall menus or if you have any dietary restrictions and need know what items will fit your needs.”