Gelfenbien Commons to Open Grab & Go Window

On Wednesday, September 23, Gelfenbien Commons (Towers) will open their grab and go window for to-go meals.

During the week, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be available, and on the weekends the grab and go will be open for lunch and dinner.

The only hot food items will be pizza. Any items that need to be heated will have microwaveable instructions.

Students with residential meal plans can swipe for two main choices from the menu at each meal, per visit. A choice of beverage is also included with the meal.

Gelfenbien will not have seating/dine-in available.

Students in quarantine will have to continue to get their meals from Buckley.

Reminder: Bring your blue bag with you! If you are on a residential meal plan and have yet to pick up a blue reusable bag to take with you to the dining halls, Gelfenbien will have a limited supply on hand to distribute.


Monday – Friday

Breakfast 7-10am
Lunch 12 noon-3pm
Dinner 4-7pm

Saturday & Sunday

Lunch 12 noon-3p
Dinner 4-7pm

Choice of one beverage will include: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Cherry Coke, Orange Soda, Barq’s Root Beer, Powerade Fruit Punch, Powerade Mountain Blast, Orange Juice, Water, Coffee.

Daily menu offerings can be viewed below or view the menu and nutrition details via the dining website or myUConn app.

Menu for Weeks 1 & 3

Menu for Weeks 2 & 4

Dining Retail Locations: Hours Update & Closures

After a careful business review, Dining Services has determined that it will be temporarily closing Chem Café and Wilbur’s Café and the Bistro (within the Student Union) effective this Friday, September 18. Chem Cafe & Wilbur’s will be open til 3pm on Friday and Bistro until 6pm.

Earth, Wok and Fire and One Plate, Two Plate within the Student Union will have adjusted schedules of operation, beginning the weekend of September 26th, when they will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Student Union Food Court will continue to be open on weekends to meet the campus’s dining needs. All of these changes have been initiated because of the lack of business in these areas.

Any student employees impacted by these changes will be offered a transition to other areas of Dining Services.

Dining Halls to Distribute Reusable Bags for To-Go Food

Beginning Friday, September 11th, Dining Services will begin to distribute blue reusable bags in the dining halls for students to use for to-go food.

The bag is super lightweight and can be easily folded up into the inner pouch to save space which makes for easy portability.

Each student will receive one bag and it will be noted on their OneCard when they receive their bag.

If students forget their bag they will be able to request a recyclable/eco-friendly plastic bag at the dining hall.

For more information on this, check out the article featured in the Daily Campus.

Dining Services Labor Day Hours

Dining Halls will be operating on their normal schedule for Monday, September 7th.

Retail – What’s open on September 7th?

Market Café (Student Union) 10am-9pm
Union Street Market (Student Union food court) 11am-9pm
Mango (Rec Center) – Normal hours 7:30am – 7:30pm (Smoothies only from 7:30am – 10:00am)
Dairy BarDairy Bar is normally closed on Mondays but will be open on Labor Day for online orders with curbside pick up.

All other retail locations throughout the campus will be closed. Bookworms Café will be also be closed on Sunday, September 6th.

Mango Opens in the Rec Center

Stop by and check out Mango in the Rec Center. We created our own menu of fresh smoothies, grain bowls, salads, wraps, and grilled gooeys!! Choose something from the menu or you can build-your-own bowls, salads and wraps. Mango accepts meal plan points. View the menu at

Mango Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 7:30am – 7:30pm
SMOOTHIES ONLY 7:30am – 10:00am
**CLOSED 1PM – 3PM (Rec Ctr cleaning)**

Friday: 7:30am – 1:00pm
SMOOTHIES ONLY 7:30am – 10:00am

Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 3:00 – 7:30pm

Letter from the Director Fall 2020

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”
– Doug Larson


One of the many pleasures that makes me proud of being a member of the Department of Dining Services is how we have prepared to meet the dining expectations of the University of Connecticut’s community during this time of constant challenges. Our utmost goal is to provide dining opportunities in our residential and retail operations with minimal risk. Our employees have been trained and are prepared to offer a variety of menu options in a safe fashion while maintaining high levels of sanitation. They are eager to continue to bring you a variety of choices that will keep you sustained knowing how important it is to consume healthy options in order to achieve academic success.

It is imperative this semester that you learn how to navigate the services we are providing. We were not able to open Gelfenbien Dining since the current configuration of the servery is not conducive to COVID-19 requirements. We have made several changes this semester that will help you have additional options as part of your meal plan. Let me begin by stating that the six-foot distancing rule will have a significant impact on how quickly you are able to gain entrance to a dining facility. Once you have entered the dining unit we estimate it will take you six minutes to select from the varied options that our employees will offer you, before exiting the building. But once again, there might be periods of time that you will have to wait in line before entering the facility with sometimes a fifteen to twenty-minute wait so please plan accordingly. On rainy days dress for the weather and maybe even pack an umbrella.

Another way to avoid the lines in the resident facilities is to utilize our retail operations. Your meal plans during this time of restricted dining will allow you to use your points at One Plate Two Plate and at Earth, Wok and Fire. Points can also be used at our Food For Thought food truck. Flex passes are also a topic that comes up frequently. You will also notice that we no longer will operate our Grab& Go’s. That is because the physical locations are not conducive to meeting the COVID- physical requirements. As we make changes to our flex passes we still offer the use of the flex pass for guests but your guests must only be UConn students. Flex passes can no longer be used for external guests and that would include family members. Since Grab and Go’s will not be an available option we have arranged for the cafes to take flex passes with a spending power of $7.00. If your purchase exceeds that then you can pay off the balance with points or a debit/credit card or Husky Bucks.

Your social responsibility is important to make this semester a success. We hope that our efforts of providing you with a variety of nutritious meals will help you to be successful in your academic life and your campus experience this semester. As we are often making changes to our operations I would suggest that you visit our web site often and follow our social media platforms to keep up with what is going on at Dining Services.

We always welcome your feedback and ideas. Feel free to contact us via our website and let us know how we are doing. I also ask this semester that you take the time and show your appreciation to our employees for their hard work as they make all aspects of Dining Services possible. They are deserving of a kind word as you show your appreciation for their services.

Enjoy your semester, no one before you has experienced anything like this before. As pioneers in this new frontier, strive to make your experience this semester at the University of Connecticut, the best yet.

Eat well, enjoy life and pursue your dreams.

C. Dennis Pierce

Executive Director of Dining Services



Dining Details for Fall Semester

Welcome new and returning students, faculty and staff! We hope you have a great semester. Please review our Dining Services updates for the Fall semester.

When visiting our retail locations or dining halls, please be advised of our dining guidelines for the Fall semester.

Dining tents across campus will be able to accommodate a total of 1200 and will be set up throughout the day on Tuesday, September 1st. Please be mindful of the amount of time you spend in the tent so that others may also use this seating option. Tents are located at North, South, Student Union, and Founder’s Green (located between the Austin Bldg and Beach Hall on the East part of campus. Tent hours will be posted at the tents and are as follows: Monday-Friday 7am-9pm, weekends 10:30am-8:30pm.

Dining Halls – North, Northwest, South & McMahon are open for dine-in and take-out. Please be advised that during the first two weeks of every semester lines can form. Please plan accordingly for time and weather. Check out our menus before you arrive on the myUConn app or at All of our retail locations throughout campus are open as alternative dining options.

  • Buckley: Currently only open for take-out to students identified by the University via contact tracing.
  • Putnam: Currently only open for take-out to students from the Garrigus Suites.

Dining Hall & Retail Hours: View on the myUConn app or on our website

New this Semester:

  • Flex passes can be used at the UC Cafes (Beanery, Bookworms, Chem Cafe, Wilburs, Up & Atom). The meal equivalency of a Flex Pass is $7.00 and can only be used once in a transaction. If you go over you will need to pay with points, debit/credit card, or points. There is no limit on the number of times you can use a Flex Pass during the day.
  • Also new this semester are additional retail locations that you can use your points at. Retail locations that accept points include: all UC Cafes (Beanery, Bookworms, Chem Cafe, Wilburs, Up & Atom), Union Street Market food court, Mango (Rec Center), Market Café, Earth, Wok, & Fire, One Plate, Two Plates, Bistro on Union Street, Food for Thought Food Truck (Fairfield Way), and Dairy Bar Too. Points cannot be used at: Dairy Bar, Dairy Bar truck, or C-Store.
  • Mango in the Rec Center – Over the summer Mango replaced Freshens. Come check out the menu we created of fresh smoothies, grain bowls, salads, wraps, and grilled gooeys!! Choose something from the menu or you can build-your-own bowls, salads and wraps.
  • Bistro On Union Street is open for call ahead take-out. Call them at 860-486-5633 and also ask about their daily blackboard specials. View their menu at

Adjust Meal Plan – If you need to downgrade your Fall semester meal plan, you need to do so by Friday, September 4th. Upgrades can be made at any point during the semester. Use our online change plan form.

Stay Up to Date with Dining: We will be constantly sharing updates on our Fall Semester/COVID page and through our social media accounts.

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