Storrs Campus Food Pantry Open for Summer

The Husky Harvest food pantry on the Storrs campus is open this summer from 11am-4pm on Mondays.
Open to anyone with a UConn ID. No appointment is necessary.
Summer holiday closure updates:
-Closed Monday, June 19th – open Wednesday, June 21st
-Closed Monday, July 3rd | Open Wednesday, July 5th

LOCATION: Charter Oak Apartments Community Center
916 Tower Court Road, Storrs, CT 06268

PHONE: 860-486-3918

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UConn Dining Halls Receive Certifications & Awards for Sustainability

All eight of our dining halls have recently achieved the highest level of certification from the Green Restaurant Association (GRA). UConn is the only campus in the United States to have every dining hall become four-star certified.

To achieve certification, UConn Dining had to meet several GRA requirements, including the implementation of sustainable practices in the following areas:

  • Energy Use
  • Water Efficiency
  • Waste Reduction
  • Reusables & Disposables
  • Chemical and Pollution Reduction
  • Food
  • Buildings & Furnishings
  • Education & Transparency

The GRA is a nonprofit organization that works to create an environmentally sustainable restaurant industry by helping restaurants become more environmentally responsible. Their standards reflect over 30 years of research in the field of restaurants and the environment.

The purpose of the GRA standards is to provide a transparent way to measure each restaurant’s environmental accomplishments, while providing a pathway for the next steps they can take to increase their environmental sustainability. Restaurants can earn GreenPoints™ in any of the eight categories below.  To become a Certified Green Restaurant®, enough GreenPoints™ must be earned across the categories.

UConn Dining has implemented several sustainable practices over the years, including trayless dining to reduce food waste and water usage, measuring pre-consumer waste, sending waste to be transformed into biogas and compost, and recycling cooking oil. Dining is also the largest procurer of local produce in Connecticut.

Below are just some of the practices that have been implemented in each category to achieve a four-star rating:

  • Energy Use – All dining rooms now have LED lighting, purchase Energy Star equipment as replacements and have installed strip curtains in all refrigeration and freezers to reduce energy loss.
  • Water Efficiency – Water use is calibrated for the appropriate job including sink aeration, low flow sprayers and dish washers.
  • Waste Reduction – UConn Dining uses china/glass/silver for meal service rather than disposable wares. Bulk packaging is used for over 80% of condiments, salt & pepper, etc.
  • Reusables & Disposables – Disposable products are made with a high content of recyclable materials and are bleach free.
  • Chemical and Pollution Reduction – Green Seal cleaning products are used in all operations. No idling policies are in place for the loading docks and smoking is designated to be at least 25’ away from buildings.
  • Food – UConn Dining serves a high percentage of vegan and vegetarian foods throughout the menu.
  • Buildings & Furnishings – Paints, coatings and building materials in renovations have low VOC, are high in recycled content and the construction debris is recycled.
  • Education & Transparency – The UConn Dining website and every dining hall has information about the Green Restaurant Association and proudly displays the star awards.

In addition, three of UConn’s Dining Halls have recently received awards from the Green Restaurant Association.

  • Putnam Dining Hall – winner of the 2023 Chemical and Pollution Reduction Award for being the Certified Green Restaurant® with the most GreenPoints™ in the Chemicals Category with 60.26 GreenPoints™.
  • Whitney Dining Hall – winner of the 2023 Waste Reduction Award for being the Certified Green Restaurant® with the most GreenPoints™ in the Waste Category with 78.85 GreenPoints™.
  • McMahon Dining – winner of the 2023 Water Conservation Award for being the Certified Green Restaurant® with the most GreenPoints™ in the Water Category with 44.29 GreenPoints™.

UConn Dining has also received recognition for its sustainable practices from other organizations, including the Sustainable Foodservice Leaders Award from the National Association of College and University Food Services and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge Award.

To learn more about more about the GRA points that each dining hall has achieved visit https://dining.uconn.edu/certified-green/

Annual Spring Fling & Zero Waste BBQ to be held April 19th

The annual Earth Day Spring Fling, co-hosted by the UConn Office of Sustainability and UConn Dining Services, will take place Wednesday, April 19th on Fairfield Way from 11am-2pm. The sustainability festival will include vendors, fun activities, and a Zero Waste BBQ catered by Dining Services.

The Zero Waste BBQ from Dining will feature vegan, vegetarian, and sustainable menu items that have been locally sourced. Lunch will cost one flex pass or $12 credit/debit. The meal cost will include a small ice cream from the UConn Dairy Bar truck that will be on site. UConn Bakery will also be on Fairfield Way handing out cupcakes decorated with a BBQ theme (while supplies last).

See below for menu and schedule. Make sure to sign up & sign a waiver for outdoor yoga at sustainability.uconn.edu/earth-day-spring-fling

Easter Weekend Hours


Planning Ahead? Holiday and break hours for the dining halls are posted at the start of every semester on our hours page.


Union Street Market:

  • Friday – Closing at 10pm
  • Saturday – Closing at 9pm
  • Sunday – 1:30-9pm

C-Store – normal hours

  • Friday – 9am-9:30pm
  • Saturday – Noon-9pm
  • Sunday – Noon-9pm


  • Friday – Normal hours 8am-7pm
  • Saturday & Sunday – Closed

Bookworms Cafe

  • Friday – Normal hours 7:30am-3pm
  • Saturday & Sunday – Closed

Market Cafe

  • Friday – Normal hours 7:30am-3pm
  • Saturday – Normal hours 9am-4pm
  • Sunday – Closed

Dairy Bar

  • Friday – 11am-7pm
  • Saturday – 11am-7pm
  • Sunday – Closed


Dining Locations Open During UConn Bound Days

UConn Admissions will have an action-packed program for admitted students and their family members on Saturday, April 1st and Saturday, April 15th.

The following Dining Services locations will be open for visitors. All locations are cashless (except the Dairy Bar). All major debit/credit is accepted.


All dining halls are open except Buckley, click here for a map

Brunch Prices for UConn Bound Days: 

Adult: $10 (plus tax)
Child under 12: $7 (plus tax)


Putnam: 10:30am-2:30pm
South: 10:30am-2:00pm
North & Whitney: 10:30am-2pm
McMahon & Northwest: 10:30am-2:15pm
Gelfenbien: 10:30am-2:30pm


Student Union

Union Street Market: 10:30am-Midnight
Market Cafe:
Earth, Wok & Fire:
Union Exchange Convenience Store (C-Store): 11am-7pm

Other Locations:

Bookworms Cafe (Library): 10am-4pm
Mango (Rec Center): 10am-6pm
Food For the Pack (Food Truck – Fairfield Way): 11:30am-2:30pm
Dairy Bar: 11am-7pm
Dairy Bar Truck (Fairfield Way)  – 11am-3pm

Dining During Passover

PASSOVER 2023 – NOSH Kosher Kitchen in Gelfenbien and Hillel House will be serving Passover meals Wednesday, April 5th to Thursday, April 13th by reservation only.

Any meals at Hillel House will be catered by Nosh Kosher Kitchen. All other meals are prepared by Nosh Kosher Kitchen and served at Gelfenbien Commons.

Meals can be paid for by meal swipes, points, flex passes, check, credit card, or billed to your fee bill.

Each guest must be signed up on a separate form and may be paid for by points, flex passes, check, credit card, or fee bill.

All meal swipes, flex passes and points will be taken off your meal plan when your form is submitted.

Paying by credit card or check must be done at Dining Services, located in Towers/Hamilton building, by April 5th.

There are no refunds for missed meals.
Keep a copy of this form for your own records.

  • April 5th Seder Dinner is at Hillel
  • April 6th breakfast and lunch at Gelfenbien, dinner at Hillel, dinner is 2nd Seder
  • April 7th breakfast and lunch are at Gelfenbien, Shabbat dinner is at Hillel
  • April 8th brunch and dinner at Hillel
  • April 9th brunch and dinner at Gelfenbien
  • April 10th-13th all 3 meals at Gelfenbien

Visit here to sign up for meals.