Author: Desroches, Rebecca

Dairy Bar Reopening for Curbside Service on June 24th

We are excited to announce that Dairy Bar will be reopening on Wednesday, June 24th for limited curbside service through online ordering. We ask that you please review all our ordering guidelines below so that we are able to keep our staff and customers healthy and safe as we adjust to this new service. These guidelines will also be available on the Dairy Bar ordering site when it launches.

Our limited service will include scooping small, medium, and pint cups (no toppings) and selling half gallons. At this time we are not able to serve walk-up customers. The Dairy Bar building will be closed to the public. Outdoor seating and public restrooms will not be available.

A link to our online ordering will be live on June 24th at

Days We Will Be Open –  Wednesday-Sunday
Place Online Orders between 8am-4:30pm for same-day pick-up (orders placed after 4:30pm will not be prepared that day)
Curbside Pick-Up – 12pm-6:30pm (ends at 6:30pm sharp)
Advanced Orders – Customers are welcome to place an order early for pick-up on a different day that we are open. Upon check out, there is a box for you to tell us your approximate date of pick-up.

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and July 3rd-7th, 2020.

How to order: We can only accept orders and payments through our online form. We are not able to take payments or orders onsite, through email or through phone calls. Once your order is placed, please allow up to 2 hours for it to be fulfilled. Once your order is ready you’ll receive a call from our staff (860 area code) to let you know your order is ready. Please wait for this phone call or voicemail before coming to the Dairy Bar.

When you arrive: We ask that customers wear masks and stay in their vehicles. Parking spots for pick-up will have a designated sign with a number. Please park in any of these available spots. If a spot is not available, please wait your turn. When you are in a designated spot, please call 860-486-1021 and let the staff know the name that the order is under and what parking spot you are in. We ask that you please leave the designated parking spot once you receive your order so that we may serve additional customers. Thank you for your patience with this process.

Payment will be taken once you complete your online order, not upon pick-up.

UConn IDs & Tax: Unfortunately at this time we are not able to validate UConn IDs through the online ordering system to remove tax.

If you have issues during the ordering process or questions, please email Staff will be monitoring this email address during our hours of operation.

As we work through this new service model we may make adjustments to our hours/days, menu offerings and ordering process. We will keep you informed along the way and thank you in advance for your patience.

Summer Meal Plan Information

May term begins Monday, May 11th and meals require purchasing a meal plan.

Students living in traditional housing are required to have a meal plan.

Students living in apartments are not required to have a meal plan. Meal plans for students living in apartments are optional.

Community meal plans will not be accepted until restrictions are lifted.

Meals will continue to be limited to take out and social distancing measures will be in place.

Summer meal plans can be purchased when registering for housing. All others please call 860.486.3128 and leave a message with a call back number:

Summer housing info from Res Life (,

There will only be two plans offered this summer. They include 3 meals/ day ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) and are limited to one meal per meal period, no flex and no points.  They are:

–          7-day plan (Sunday thru Saturday)

–          5-day plan (Monday thru Friday – NO Weekend meals)

South will continue to be the only dining unit open. On Sunday, May 31st, meals will transition to McMahon dining hall. McMahon will be the only dining hall open from May 31st until the end of the summer. McMahon will not be open on Saturday, July 4th.

Breakfast: 7:30am-9:30am

Lunch 11:30am-2:15pm

Dinner 4:15pm-7:15pm

Virtual Give-A-Meal April 20th-24th

The Dean of Students Office and Dining Services would like you to participate in a virtual Husky Swipes event. The UConn Swipes Program aims to provide students who are food insecure, and/or who are experiencing an emergency situation, access to healthy and well-balanced meals in our campus dining halls.

As in the past, while students were on campus, Dining would work collaboratively with the Dean of Students Office and other Departments within Student Affairs to encourage students to donate one swipe from their meal plan so that funds would be available for those that are facing food insecurity.  We now encourage you to take this opportunity virtually so we can continue with this important cause.

Students with a traditional dining plan interested in helping another student fight hunger insecurity can do so at the virtual Give A Meal event:

  • WHEN: Monday, April 20, 2020 through Friday, April 24, 2020.
  • WHAT YOU DO: Log into your account at the One Card website.
  • Select Donations on the left-hand side
  • All proceeds will go to the UConn Swipes initiative.
  • Since its inception, the UConn Swipes initiative has donated $9,815!

If you need additional information regarding this initiative and how to apply you may find it on the Dean’s website at

Thank you in advance for your donation which will help a fellow Husky in the future.


Maureen Armstrong
Associate Dean of Students/Director, Dean of Students Office

Dennis Pierce
Executive Director, Dining Services



Spring Valley Farm Summer Housing App

Spring Valley Student Farm (SVSF) sprouted in spring 2010 from a project planted by Residential Life. Since that time SVSF has blossomed into a year-round community for eleven student farmers living in two UConn houses 4.5 miles off-campus. The student farmers learn about sustainable community living, organic food growing methods and the business aspects of how food is harvested, processed and presented to the UConn dining community. As stewards and ambassadors of the farm, the student farmers support Spring Valley Student Farm as an educational destination where everyone may come together to learn and grow.

Spring Valley Student Farm exists as a collaborative venture between Dining Services, Residential Life, EcoHouse Learning Community and First-Year Programs, the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, and the Office of Environmental Policy.

 Students who live at SVSF are expected to volunteer 10 hours per week of labor to qualify for a significantly discounted room rental rate.

Click below for the Summer 2020 Housing App. Apply today – only a few spots are available.

The deadline to apply is March 24th, 2020.

Hours of Operation: March 22 until Further Notice


With the announcement of classes moving online for the rest of the semester due to COVID-19, Dining has made the following adjustments to our hours of operation and locations. We will share information as it becomes available and/or may change. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Residential Dining

Sunday, March 22nd until further notice.

South Dining Hall will be open with a limited menu for students that have been approved to reside on campus.
  • Meals will be take-out only due to recommendations from the Center for Disease Control. Take-out containers will be provided at South. Please do not bring your own containers or drink bottles. Please review our guidelines for take-out food.
  • All meal plans have been shut off. Meals are being offered for only those students who have been approved to reside on campus.
  • Students temporarily on campus for moving out will not have access to the dining hall.
  • Summer Meal Plan information
Breakfast 7:00am – 9:30am
Lunch 11:30am – 2:15pm
Dinner 4:15pm – 7:15pm

Retail Locations & Hours
  • Beginning March 14th – Freshens closed until further notice.
  • Beginning March 22nd – All Dining Services locations in the Student Union are closed until further notice.
  • Beginning March 22nd – – All campus cafes will be closed until further notice.
  • Beginning March 19th – Dairy Bar/Dairy Bar truck/Food Truck closed until further notice.