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Each day too many students miss meals, spending valuable energy worrying about how to feed themselves or their families while facing difficult decisions about spending their limited funds on books or course materials, utilities or groceries.
In support of Oregon State University’s campus-wide efforts, University Housing & Dining Services is committed to addressing food insecurity and providing opportunities for our students to thrive.
During Fall 2019, University Housing & Dining Services launched a meal program called Food for Thought. Using the extra food generated by our campus dining locations, we create pre-packaged, balanced meal options, available for purchase at a reduced price.
These meals are available at no cost to Oregon State students who meet eligibility criteria determined by the Basic Needs Center (BNC) previously called Human Services Resource Center (HSRC).
Food insecurity can affect any student, even students living in campus residence halls, even when they have a dining plan. The Full Plate Fund, a collaboration between University Housing & Dining Services and the Basic Needs Center, helps address this issue.
Students with dining plans can donate dining plan dollars to the Full Plate Fund at any time, and the BNC distributes these donated funds to other residence hall students who are struggling to get enough to eat.
Learn more about the Full Plate Fund.
Oregon State Unversity is one of the few colleges in the country where students can use federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to purchase food staples on campus.
Since 2016, SNAP benefits have been accepted at Cascadia Market, the on-campus grocery store operated by University Housing & Dining Services.
Cascadia Market, located in the International Living-Learning Center, carries a variety of groceries, including fresh produce, fresh dairy products, frozen foods and canned goods.
Learn more about SNAP for students.
Make Cents meals are nutritionally balanced, low-cost meals available at every UHDS dining center. They are designed to give students and dining center guests a nutritious meal option at an economical price.
For the 2022-23 academic year, Make Cents meals will be $5.00 each. Students using a UHDS dining plan receive an additional 20 percent discount on their meals.
In addition to Make Cents meals, dining center guests can find many options for nutritious food that costs less than $5, including salad bars, breakfast items, soup, some sandwiches, and servings of beans, grains, and vegetables.
University Housing & Dining Services collaborates with many campus and community organizations to donate excess food.
University Housing & Dining Services works with several campus partners to raise money for organizations that fight food insecurity.
Students and guests at campus dining centers have several options for receiving discounts and getting the most out of their dining budgets.
University Housing & Dining Services staff members work to educate both students and professional staff members about nutrition and food resources.