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.

Follow Dining on social: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Retail Info & Hours for Fall Semester

Although many of our retail operations have been open during the quarantine period, as of August 31st all of our locations will be open and some will have expanded hours. View all retail location hours here. Make sure to visit Mango (formerly Freshens) in the Rec Center and try out their healthy and fresh menu of sandwiches, salads and smoothies.

Retail changes for the fall include the ability to use points at some additional locations and the use of flex passes at the UC Cafes.

Retail Locations That Accept Points for Fall 2020:

All UC Cafes (Beanery, Bookworms, Up & Atom, Wilbur’s, Chem Cafe)
Mango (formerly Freshens in the Rec Center)
Union Street Market
Earth, Wok & Fire
One Plate, Two Plates
Dairy Bar Too
Bistro on Union Street
Market Cafe

Using Flex Passes at the Cafes for Fall 2020: Flex Passes will be taken in all of our open cafes (Beanery, Bookworms, Up & Atom, Wilbur’s, Chem Cafe) with the exception of Market Cafe, located in the Student Union. 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 cash (credit card or debit card) or points. There is no limit on the number of times you use a Flex Pass during the day.

Locations that Do Not Accept Points:

Dairy Bar
Dairy Bar Truck (not in operation this semester)
Union Central Exchange Convenience Store
Please also note that points are not accepted at Subway and Dunkin Donuts in the Student Union as they are not run by Dining Services.

Transition for Students Dining at North

Beginning Monday, August 24th students from hotspot/travel advisory states that were previously dining at North Dining Hall will now need to get all their to-go meals at Buckley Dining Hall.  Students identified by the University through contact tracing will also need to get all their meals at Buckley. Buckley will be to-go meals for the entire semester. North will open for all other students on August 24th.

Buckley will ONLY be open for those students identified by the University from hotspot states and/or contact tracing. If you live in Buckley or a nearby residence hall and are not in one of these categories, please visit one of our other open dining halls: North, Northwest, Putnam, South, McMahon.

Thank you for your patience.


Buckley Dining Hall Hours

Monday – Friday

  • Breakfast: 7:00am-10:45am
  • Lunch: 11:00am-4:00pm
  • Dinner: 4:15pm-7:15pm


  • Breakfast: 7:00am-9:30am
  • Brunch: 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Dinner: 4:15pm-7:15pm


  • Breakfast: 8:00am-9:30am
  • Brunch: 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Dinner: 4:15pm-7:15pm


Retail Locations Open During Quarantine Period

Retail locations that are open during the quarantine period (Aug 14th-30th) are as follows:

UC Cafes:

Beanery (Benton Museum)
Chem Cafe (Chemistry Building)
Up & Atom (BioPhysics Building)
Wilbur’s (Wilbur Building)

Hours During Quarantine Period: 7:30am-3pm Monday-Friday; Weekends – Closed

Forms of payment at UC Cafes: Cash, credit card, Husky Bucks, points and flex passes. 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 cash (credit card or debit card) or points. There is no limit on the number of times you use a Flex Pass during the day.

Food for Thought Food Truck (located on Mansfied Way near the library)

Hours During Quarantine Period: Monday-Friday 11am-4pm; Weekends: Closed

Forms of payment at Food Truck: Cash, credit card, Husky Bucks, points

Student Union: 

Union Street Market food court
Market Cafe*
Earth, Wok & Fire
One Plate, Two Plates
Bistro On Union Street Call 860-486-5633 for to-go orders
Dairy Bar Too

Hours During Quarantine Period: See hours for all locations here

Forms of payment at Student Union locations: Cash, credit card, Husky Bucks, points
*Flex passes are not accepted at the Market Cafe

Dairy BarClick here for details on ordering online for curbside pick up.