The UW-Whitewater Dining Services meal plans provide exceptional value for both residential and off campus members of the University community. The UW-W Dining Services meal plan program provides you with a wide variety of fresh meals to choose from all day long, AND they offer the convenience of no clean up or shopping for food.
The cost of your meal plan will vary depending on which plan and level of Dining Dollars you choose. The price you pay for a meal plan (but not Add-on Dining Dollars) is divided into two segments:
The Administrative Fee: This segment of the meal plan cost is used to pay for all the kitchen equipment and services, furniture, maintenance of the building and the kitchen, utilities, cleaning supplies and staff, and all remodeling and repairs. The administrative fee portion of the meal plan is not available for purchasing meals.
The Meal Plan: This segment of the meal plan cost is available for food purchase in campus dining facilities. The university offers four plan choices. Each with its own advantages. It's your choice!
What happens to the meals that are not used at the end of the week?
A student on a weekly meal plan (10, 14, 19, or 24) has the opportunity to use that number of meals each week. The unused meals do not accumulate or roll over and do not figure into a refund.
Can I bring a friend to eat with me?
Yes! If you have meals available, you can bring a non-UW-W guest to eat from dinner on Thursday through Sunday late night. One guest is allowed per meal period. Just tell the cashier you have a guest. Extra guest meals may also be purchased with Dining Dollars, Purple Points, cash, check or credit card. You will save 15% by using Dining Dollars in the Esker Dining Hall, Prairie Street Cafe, Erbert & Gerbert's or Drumlin Hall. You will receive a 10% discount at all other on-campus dining locations. You will save the 5.5% sales tax when using Purple Points.
What are the benefits of signing up for a meal plan?
There are lots of reasons why you should sign up for a meal plan:
What are "Dining Dollars"?
"Dining Dollars" are a small debit card-like account that are a part of your weekly meal plan. You use Dining Dollars to buy extra meals, snacks or food from any of the campus dining halls or dining locations. It's just for purchases in the campus dining halls and dining locations. Dining Dollars are a required part of your weekly meal plan. You start with $50, $75, $100, or $150 for the semester and spend it down to $0. When you use your Dining Dollars, you will receive a 15% discount on items/meals bought in either Esker Hall, the Prairie Street Cafe, Drumlin or Erbert & Gerbert's. You will receive a 10% discount at all other on-campus dining locations.
When you want to use your Dining Dollars, just tell the cashier "Dining Dollars" when handing your HawkCard to them for payment. You can't get cash refunds from this account. To see how to budget your Add-on, Full or Mega Dining Dollar Plan over the semester, go to our Dining Dollars Usage Guide. Meals and food on campus, paid for with Dining Dollars, are not charged the 5.5% sales tax so you save money every time you use your account.
Dining Dollars are accepted at any UW-W Dining Services location (Esker Dining Hall, Prairie Street Market, Drumlin Dining Hall, Erbert & Gerbert's, CAfé, Food for Thought, Deloitte Café, The Kettle, Ike Schaffer Commons, Down Under, Willie's, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Sideline Café).
What happens to my Dining Dollars at the end of a semester?
At the end of the fall semester, any unused Dining Dollars will roll over to your Dining Dollar account for the spring semester and be combined with your spring semester Dining Dollar deposit. Any Dining Dollars remaining on your account at the end of the spring semester will expire. Dining Dollars have to be used during the school year for which they were purchased. Students should carefully consider how much they will use their Dining Dollars over each semester. Generally, lower Dining Dollar amounts are best. You may always purchase more as long as you have a meal plan.
Why is there a difference between the cost of Full or Mega Dining Dollars Meal Plan and the redemption value?
The difference is an overhead charge that is part of all meal plans. This charge covers bonds, utilities, maintenance and custodial services for the Residence Dining Program in Esker Hall and Drumlin Hall. This same overhead charge is built into the 10, 14, 19, and 24 weekly meal plans.
Are there any restrictions on meal plans for Freshmen?
No. All options for meal plans are available for Freshmen.
Can't I just use Purple Points?
According to the policy of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, all freshman and sophomore students are required to reside in University operated Residence Halls during the academic year. As stated in the University Housing contract, "If you are a freshman or sophomore, you also agree to subscribe to one meal plan offered at the University."
Can I change my meal plan if I don't like it?
Yes. Meal plan changes will be accepted during the second and the third weeks of fall semester and the first two weeks of spring semester. Meal plan changes are effective the following Monday. Changes to a meal plan may be made in person at the HawkCard Office (UC 250) or by using our on-line change form. (Use the link to the left.)
How do I get involved with the meal plan program?
You can get involved by becoming active in your Hall Council, Residence Hall Association (RHA) or the University Dining Committee. Residence Dining related topics covered by each of these organizations include program and menu planning and how well students' dining needs are being met. For more information or to become involved, contact us at 262.472.1437 or RHA at 262.472.4903.
Meal plans offer students the option of selecting the number of meals they wish to eat each week or over the course of an entire semester.
Guest Meals are available for students who have signed up for a Weekly Meal Plan and can be used if there is a sufficient weekly meal plan balance. Guest meals are for guests of UW-W students and are available each weekend beginning with dinner on Thursday through the late night meal period on Sundays, except for move-in weekend.
Sack lunches are prepared lunches available for take out from the dining facilities. Students who have work, school, or other University sponsored obligations that conflict with Residence Dining Service hours can contact the dining hall manager to make arrangements. Advance notice is required.
UW-W Dining Services shall make every effort to accommodate a student's special dietary need. In most cases an accommodation can be made. After the student has met with the campus dietitian and it has been determined that UW-W Dining Services is unable to satisfy a student’s special dietary need, the student will be directed to the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD). CSD staff members will determine whether the student shall be released from any existing meal plan contract. Students will be required to provide written evidence from a physician that identifies specific circumstances that require special dietary consideration or exemption.
Students who are ill need not miss a meal. Sick trays are available for students who are ill. Request may be arranged by the student or the student's Resident Assistant. Requests for a period longer then two days must be accompanied by a note from a physician. Contact the dining hall manager to make arrangements. Advance notice is required.
According to policy of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, all freshman and sophomore students are required to reside in University operated Residence Halls including, Cambridge apartments, during the academic year. If students wish to be exempt from the "Residency Requirement," they need to file the Application for Exemption form prior to signing a housing contract.
As stated in the University Housing Contract, "if you are a freshman or sophomore, you also agree to subscribe to one meal plan offered at the University."
If students wish to be exempt from the "Meal Plan Requirement," they need to contact the HawkCard office. The staff there will refer them to the appropriate office to assist them with their request. Exceptions to this policy include:
Exemptions to the mandatory meal plan policy will not be granted for employment reasons, class schedule conflicts, or for financial hardship. Exemptions requested due to medical conditions will be referred to the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD).
Students have the opportunity to choose from 10, 14, 19, or 24 meals per week, plus a choice between $50, $75, $100, or $150 in Add-on Dining Dollars each semester. Add-On Dining Dollars provide extra meals, snacks, or food from any of the campus dining halls or on-campus dining locations.
Weekly Meal Plans allows one meal to be eaten during a breakfast and late night meal period. You may use two meals per lunch and dinner. There are 28 meal periods per week: breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, seven days a week. Breakfast typically is 7:00 am to 11:00 am. Lunch is 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Dinner is 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Late Night is 9:00 pm to 2:00 am.
Final weekly meal plan pricing reflects allowances for partial weeks when fewer meals are offered.
The 24 Meal Plan: $1,270 + Add-on Dining Dollars
Students can eat during 24 of the 28 meals offered each week. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night are served daily. This plan is designed for the student who regularly eats 3-4 meals a day and/or will stay on campus most weekends each semester. This plan offers the lowest average cost per meal.
The 19 Meal Plan: $1,240 + Add-on Dining Dollars
Students can eat during 19 of the 28 meals offered each week. This plan is designed for the student who regularly eats 3 meals a day and/or will stay on campus most of the weekends each semester.
The 14 Meal Plan: $1,210 + Add-on Dining Dollars
Students can eat during 14 of the 28 meals offered each week. This plan is an option for students who don't regularly eat breakfast and stay on campus about half of the weekends each semester. This is the most commonly chosen plan by UW-W students.
The 10 Meal Plan: $1,190 + Add-on Dining Dollars
Students can eat during 10 of the 28 meals offered each week. This plan is designed for students who are light eaters or for those students who go home most weekends.
05/28/2019 – 08/17/2019
|Meal Plan Cost||Dining Dollars (Redemption)|
Choose a meal plan from the rows on the left, then choose an Add-on Dining Dollar amount from one of the columns. The total cost of the meal plan is determined by the combination of prices in the corresponding columns and rows. This gives you more flexibility in creating a plan that fits your individual needs. For example, if you choose 14 meals per week ($1,210) and $75 Dining Dollars ($75), your cost would be $1,285. Final plan pricing reflects allowances for partial weeks when fewer meals are offered.
2019-20 Weekly Meal Plan prices per semester
|DINING DOLLARS (Per Semester)|
|Meals Per Week (cost per semester)||10 Meals ($1,190)||$1,240||$1,265||$1,290||$1,340||$74.38||$7.44|
|14 Meals ($1,210)||$1,260||$1,285||$1,310||$1,360||$75.63||$5.40|
|19 Meals ($1,240)||$1,290||$1,315||$1,340||$1,390||$77.50||$4.08|
|24 Meals ($1,270)||$1,320||$1,345||$1,370||$1,420||$79.38||$3.31|
Dining Dollars are flexible funds that accompany a weekly meal plan or are stand alone plans when a Full or Mega plan is chosen. Students can spend Dining Dollars at any campus dining location. Dining Dollars provide additional flexibility for weekly meal plans. They provide for purchases at any campus dining location, at any time of day, for yourself or an accompanying guest. $50 in Dining Dollars is the same as $50 cash, and you can buy items from any menu or at any market (convenience store). They are accepted at all campus dining locations.
Students have the opportunity to choose from the Full Dining Dollar Plan or the Mega Dining Dollar Plan. With the Full or Mega Dining Dollar plans, students receive discounted prices at campus dining locations or dining halls and do not pay sales tax.
If a Full Dining Dollar plan or Mega Dining Dollar plan runs out before the end of the semester, a student will need to purchase another meal plan at its prorated price.
The Full Dining Dollar Plan per semester: Cost - $1,375, Redemption Value - $935
This plan is designed to offer the average student the equivalent of 6-7 meals per week.
The Mega Dining Dollar Plan per semester: Cost - $2,010, Redemption Value - $1,475
This plan is the same as the Full Dining Dollar Plan, but has $540.00 more spending money during the semester. This plan is designed to offer the students the equivalent of 10-11 meals per week. Students desiring all Dining Dollars may choose one of the following plans:
|Meal Plan||Price Per Semester||Redemption Value Per Semester||Avg. Weekly Redemption|
|Full Dining Dollar Plan||$1,375||$935||$58.44|
|Mega Dining Dollar Plan||$2,010||$1,475||$92.19|
Provided at Esker Hall, Prairie St. Cafe, Drumlin Market, Erbert & Gerbert's and the Schaffer Commons (breakfast only).
|Student Purple Points
(save 5.5% tax)
|Staff Purple Points, Cash, Credit
|Office Hours:||8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Office Location:||University Center 66, lower level|
|Email:||Angela Meldonian, UC Associate Director|
|Managers & Directors:||
Jim Winn, Resident District Manager, 262.472.4987
Aeryn Barry, Director of Retail Operations, 262.472.5718
Michael Rehfeldt, Campus Executive Chef, 262.472.2631
Rachael Omdoll, Registered Dietitian, 262.472.1357
Jessica Richards, Marketing Director, 262.472.4943
Cara Bohmann, Office Manager, 262.472.5094
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