Your meal plan allows you to eat in a Dining Services operated dining hall or retail facility, but NOT ALL Dining Services retail facilities accept the meal plan.

If you choose to use your meal plan in our retail locations, you will be allowed a $7 meal value for breakfast and a $9 meal value for lunch which will consist of a center of the plate item such as a sandwich, a side and a fountain beverage. Most of the items on the menu will fit into this $7/ $9 value, but if you choose an item that requires more than $7/$9, you will be charged the difference in cash, credit or RU Express.

 Retail Locations that accept Meal Swipes

Cabfare

Meal swipes are accepted all day.

Hours:
Weekdays: 7 am–4 pm
Closed on weekends.

Kilmer's Market

Meal swipes are accepted from 11 am–3 pm and again from 5-8 pm.

Hours:
Weekdays: 8 am–9 pm
Closed on weekends.

Sbarro

Meal swipes are accepted all day.

Hours:
Weekdays: 11 am–10 pm
Weekends: 3 pm–10 pm

Rock Cafe

Meal swipes are accepted all day.

Hours:
Monday–Thursday: 8 am–9 pm
Friday: 8 am–8 pm
Weekends: 10 am–4 pm

Cook Cafe

Meal Swipes are accepted all day.

Grill closes two hours before closing.

Hours:
Weekdays:  8 am–10 pm
Weekends: 11 am–6 pm

Douglass Cafe

Meal Swipes are accepted all day.

Hours:
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 am–8 pm
Friday: 7:30 am–8 pm
Weekends: 10 am–4 pm

Harvest IFNH

Meal swipes are accepted all day.

Hours:
Weekdays: 8 am–7 pm
Closed on weekends.

Red Pine Pizza

Meal swipes are accepted all day.

Hours:
Weekdays: 10:30 am–10 pm
Weekends: noon–10 pm

Woodys

Meal swipes are accepted all day except from 11:30 am–1:30 pm.

Hours:
Weekdays: 7:30 am–7:30 pm
Weekends: 10 am–4 pm

Knight Wagon

Meal swipes are accepted all day.

Starbucks Truck

Meal swipes are accepted all day.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Rutgers Dining Services meal plans are designed for “all you care to eat” in the dining halls. We understand that students are very busy and need the flexibility to eat on the run, since sitting in a dining hall requires more time than a quick serve retail location.

Overhead, in the retail locations our costs are much different than in the dining halls. We are required to purchase take out containers, cups, lids, plastic forks, knives, spoons, plastic bags and pay royalties and/or rent.

Here is an example as to how our costs are broken down if you paid $14 for your meal swipe. In the food service industry, expenses are broken down into four parts: 30 percent is the cost of food, 30 percent is the cost of labor, 30 percent is fixed expenses (utilities, rent, etc..) which leaves 10 percent for capital improvement (upgrades, repairs and renovations).

If our plate cost for your meal is $4.20, which includes your center of the plate item, side, beverage, plastic, paper goods and condiments, then we need to allocate $4.20 to Labor and $4.20 to fixed expenses, which would, leave only $1.40 for capital improvements.

Ultimately, the biggest bang for your buck is in the dining hall because of the “all you care to eat option” which we are able to do because of the economy of scale and not having the expenses associated with retail operations.

We do not have enough store room space or refrigerator space to accommodate the amount of product required for “grocery shopping”. Rutgers Dining Services used to allow students to swipe for anything they wanted up to the value of their meal swipe, but this resulted in constant outages, warm beverage items and an overall poor experience for our students.

Currently, Rutgers Dining Services serves over 30,000 meals every day with a large amount of that coming from our retail locations. Our retail units were designed for 25 percent of the volume they are experiencing. We are striving to better serve you on a daily basis and will be opening more retail locations for you to use with your meal plan in the future.