Husky Harvest Updates/Wish List

SPRING & SUMMER HOURS

2024 Spring Semester Hours: Open Tues/Thurs from 11am-4pm through May 9th
2024 Summer Hours begin May 16th: Open Thursdays from 11am-4pm through August 22nd


HOW YOU CAN ASSIST THE PANTRY

PANTRY DONATION DRIVE: TOILETRIES

Toilet paper, tissues, deodorant, menstrual care products, razors, soap/shower gel/bodywash,
dental items (toothpaste, floss, toothbrushes), baby diapers and wipes

Clubs, orgs, offices on the Storrs campus are welcome to organize their own collection for the suggested items above. If you have a large number of items, please reach out via the contact form below to coordinate a pick-up with Dining.

Why donation drives? Donation drives allow us to manage the intake of donations for things like expiration dates and food recalls. Visitors to the pantry also let us know what items they are frequently looking for. Donation drives allow us to bring in these requested items that we’re not able to get from food banks/local organizations that supply the pantry.

DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS

Please do not drop off at the pantry. Donation drive items can only be accepted at the following locations.

  • UConn Dining Commissary: 30 Gurleyville Rd, Storrs (M-F; 6am-4pm)
    • UConn Dining Main Office: Towers Residence Halls – Wade Building, 3384 Towers Loop Rd, Storrs
      (M-F; 8am-5pm) – a box is available in the lobby

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

  • Reusable Grocery Bags The pantry is always in need of reusable grocery bags. Please consider donating new or gently used (stain-free) bags during our donation drives.
  • Monetary DonationsIf you would like to support the Storrs Husky Harvest food pantry with a monetary donation, please visit the UConn Foundation page at www.foundation.uconn.edu/fund/uconn-storrs-campus-food-insecurity-fund
  • Volunteers At this time volunteers are not needed. Please consider donating from the wish list above or running your own drive with your club/org/office for the items above.

Questions – please use our contact form at dining.uconn.edu/questions-and-comments

Help spread the word on the Storrs campus: post this flyer for the Spring ’24 semester | Summer ’24

More information on the UConn food pantries can be found at huskyharvest.uconn.edu

Husky Harvest (Storrs) Updates: Follow UConn Dining on Facebook, Instagram, X.

Dining Updates for April 5th-8th

Please refer to this University Announcement regarding facility closures during the Final Four watch parties.

Friday, April 5th:

Due to the Student Union closing early, Union Street Market & the Convenience Store will close at 7:30pm.

Saturday, April 6th:

Due to the Student Union closing early, Union Street Market & the Convenience Store will close at 6pm.

Sunday, April 7th:

  • Guest access in the dining halls is limited to UConn students only. Students must present their UConn ID.

Monday, April 7th:

  • Guest access in the dining halls is limited to UConn students only. Students must present their UConn ID.
  • Mango will close at 6pm; Student Union closing at 6:30pm; Bookworms Cafe closing at 6pm

UConn Bound – What’s Open

Welcome Admitted Students & Families!! If you are looking to dine on campus during
UConn Bound on April 6th or April 13th, please review the locations below that will be open.
If you arrive to campus on the Friday prior, please review our quick links below.

**Please note that the brunch prices on April 6th and 13th apply only to those days.**

Dining Services Quick Links:  Menus | Map of Locations | Hours | Guest Dining Info

 

 

2024 Earth Day Spring Fling & Zero Waste BBQ

Earth Day Spring Fling Schedule

Rain Date April 24th

2024 Zero Waste BBQ Menu

$12.00 Credit Card or 1 Flex Pass
Meal includes your choice of  two entrees, salad on a stick, Fritos Corn Chips & milk.
Meal also includes one small ice cream from the UConn Dairy Bar truck.

Dry Rubbed BBQ Chicken
Sysco Foods-Rocky Hill Connecticut
(Gluten Free)

Hot Dogs
Four Mile River Farm, Old Lyme, CT
(Gluten Free)

Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns
Freihofer’s Bakery, Wilbraham, Massachusetts
Contains-Wheat, Soy and sesame.
(Gluten Free Buns available upon request)

The “Veganator” Burger
Farmhouse Burger Boston, Massachusetts
(Vegan, Gluten Free)-Contains Soy

Beyond Meat Plant Based Italian Sausage Link
(NON-GMO / Vegan / Gluten Free)-Contains Coconut

Caprese Salad on a stick with UConn Balsamic Vinaigrette
Sardilli Produce, Hartford CT / Liuzzi Cheese, Hamden, CT
(Includes Liuzzi Mozzarella, Cucumbers, Basil, and Grape Tomatoes)
Gluten Free-Contains Soy and Dairy

Fritos Corn Chips
Dayville, CT
(Gluten Free/Vegan)

White and Chocolate Milk
Mountain Dairy, Storrs, CT

UConn Dairy Bar Ice Cream Truck
UConn Dairy Bar-Storrs CT



UConn Bakery will also be on Fairfield Way with some free and fun cupcakes!!
(Gluten-free and Vegan available upon request)

 

Donate a Flex Pass at Give-A-Meal on Mar 27

Our Give-A-Meal event will take place at dinner at all eight dining halls on Wednesday, March 27th.

Students with a residential meal plan can donate one flex pass when they swipe in for dinner. All proceeds will go towards the Students First Fund through the Dean of Students Office. The Students First Fund assists students during a time of need (i.e. books; clothing; food).

If you don’t have a residential meal plan but want to help your fellow Huskies this semester, check out how you can support the Husky Harvest food pantry at https://bit.ly/46MFzwu

 

Spring Break Information

As Spring Break approaches please be aware that dining hall hours will be modified on Friday, March 8th, and Sunday, March 17th. Additionally, some retail locations may have modified hours starting March 8th. All meal plans temporarily shut down for break after dinner on March 8th and resume on the 17th. Full details at the link below.

Saturday, March 9th – Saturday, March 16th. If you currently have an Ultimate, Value, or Custom Meal Plan, and you choose to remain on campus during Spring Break, you may sign up in advance for meals at McMahon. There is no cost to these meals. Find additional info and sign up form at the link below.

Full details at dining.uconn.edu/spring-break

Spring Semester Opening Weekend Hours

Dining Halls: First Meals of the Semester

Saturday, January 13th

McMahon open

  • Breakfast: 7am-9:30am
  • Brunch: 10:30am-2:15pm
  • Dinner: 4:15-7:15pm

Northwest, Gelfenbien, and Putnam open

  • Brunch: 10:30am-2:15pm
  • Dinner: 4:15-7:15pm

Sunday, January 14th – All dining halls except Buckley open normal hours. Northwest & McMahon open for Late night – serving until 10pm

Monday, January 15th  (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) – All dining halls open normal hours.


Retail Locations

Please refer to our retail hours site. Many locations are closed for Monday, Jan 15th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Bookworms Cafe in the library will have modified hours for the first few days of the semester. The cafe will be closing at 8pm Tues, Jan 16th-Thursday, Jan 18th. Normal hours begin Jan. 19th.


Change Your Meal Plan

If you need to upgrade or downgrade your meal plan for the spring semester you have until Friday, Feb 2 to do so. Please use our online change plan form.

Change Your Plan

Dining to Host 23rd Annual Culinary Competition

 

The Department of Dining Services will hold its annual Culinary Olympics on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. The event will take place at the Rome Commons Ballroom (Rome Building, South Campus) located on the University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus. This annual event shows off the skills of UConn Dining chefs in an individual recipe competition in the morning and then in a team-based “Chopped” style competition in the afternoon. The event is free and open to the public.

The morning event, Recipe Contest judging, is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:00am on Tuesday. Recipes are prepared on-site by UConn Dining chefs for 12 portions and must fall into one of the following categories:  Appetizer, Entrée, or Dessert. Recipes will then be judged on the following criteria: Creativity of Dish/Cooking Techniques/Use of Ingredients/Taste and Texture.

From 10:30am-1:30 pm the UConn Bakery will have displays of their creative work as well as demos on the art of decorating. Stop by and chat with our professional pastry chefs and bakers.

The afternoon event, “Boiling Point,” is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:30pm. This is our version of the “Chopped” competition that will involve teams of three chefs representing the different dining facilities within the department. Each team will be presented with a mystery box of ingredients, and using miscellaneous items from our pantry, prepare three different tapas (small food or appetizer) on each plate. Teams will have 75 minutes to prepare their dishes for three judges. Teams will then be scored on the following criteria: Creativity of dish / Cooking Techniques / Use of Ingredients / Taste and Textures. Teams are not allowed to bring ingredients or use ingredients that are not supplied by the competition. The setup for Boiling Point allows guests to get up close to the teams to watch as they strategize, prep, and get creative with their mystery ingredients.

An award presentation will immediately follow the Boiling Point competition.

Location Address: Rome Building, 855 Bolton Road, Storrs, CT – easiest access to the event and parking is to enter campus via Bolton Rd

Parking Info: Closest public parking to the event is South Garage park.uconn.edu/visitors/storrs | Campus Map of Parking & Event Location

Pedestrian Path to the Event: After parking at the garage, proceed down Hillside to Bolton and enter into South campus near the Graduate Hotel

Press/Event Contact: Robert Landolphi, Assistant Director Culinary Development-Robert.Landolphi@uconn.edu

More details at: dining.uconn.edu/culinary-olympics