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Frequently Asked Questions

I lost my card and it's the weekend, can I still eat at the dining locations on campus?

Absolutely! We encourage you to visit Card Services in Green Hall, Room 119 as soon as possible to get your replacement card. In the meantime, please ask a manager at the dining location of your choosing and we can work with you to ensure you are able to dine using your meal plan.

When do I sign up for a dining plan?

All new residential first-year & transfer students sign up for a meal plan during the housing application process. Returning resident students select their meal plans during the room selection process. Commuters may purchase a Block Plan directly from TCNJ Dining, or may choose a Carte Blanche Plan, which are purchased through Residential Education and Housing here.

Can I upgrade or downgrade my dining plan?

Yes, you can upgrade or downgrade your dining plan from semester to semester. Please contact Residence Assignments at 609-771-2301 or visit them online at http://housing.tcnj.edu/ for deadlines.

Can you accommodate special dietary needs?

To set up an appointment to discuss menu selection and other options with our Registered Dietitian, Puneet Sethi, please contact her at 609-771-3426 or send an email to sdhrd@tcnj.edu.

What does Carte Blanche mean?

Students who are on a Carte Blanche plan may enter The Atrium at Eickhoff as many times as they wish during the hours permitted by their meal plan. Every time you enter, you simply present your student ID to get swiped in. No money or points are deducted from your account. If a student takes advantage of Meal Equivalency, access to The Atrium at Eickhoff is no longer unlimited, as access will be prohibited during the Meal Equivalency period. Please see below for Meal Equivalency details.

What is Meal Equivalency?

For added flexibility and variety, Meal Equivalency allows a Carte Blanche meal plan holder to forgo unlimited swipes into The Atrium at Eickhoff during the Meal Equivalency period for $7.76 worth of food at Traditions, the Lions Den, the Library Cafe, the Education Cafe and KinetiCart. If a purchase goes over the Meal Equivalency amount, the balance can be covered by Carte Blanche points, GetIt points, cash or credit card. Using Meal Equivalency at these designated locations will prohibit you from entering The Atrium at Eickhoff during Meal Equivalency period (11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.).

 

At this time, TDubs Dining and Fresh Pride Café do not accept Meal Equivalency.

What do I do if I have a problem or suggestion?

We encourage all customers to immediately ask for a manager or supervisor if there is ever a problem in one of our dining facilities. We realize students have very busy schedules, and if they should not have the time to speak with someone immediately, they can email us at mktgcrd@tcnj.edu, or can text a comment or question to 82257. Simply include "TellTCNJDining" along with your message. Customers are also encouraged to attend our Dining Services Committee meetings held every other week. You can find meeting dates, times and locations here. Students can also use the Feedback form on our website.

I'm a commuter, what are my options?

The Block Plan was developed specifically with commuters, faculty and staff in mind. With the Block Plan, you can purchase a 25 or 50 “block” of meals to enjoy in The Atrium at Eickhoff. Each time you enter, a meal is removed from your block. These block plans can be purchased or added to at any time throughout the semester in our office which may be found in Eickhoff Hall through the Marketplace Convenience Store, or you can download an application from the Plans page and send it in. Commuters can also purchase Carte Blanche plans, giving them unlimited access to The Atrium at Eickhoff from open til close or from 11:00 a.m. til close, Carte Blanche points and Meal Equivalency.

Do meals and/or points carry over each semester?

Meal plan points, and meals for those on a Block Plan, do carry over from the Fall semester to the Spring semester, but do not carry over from Spring to Fall. All points or meals not used by the end of the Spring semester will be forfeited.

Can I take food out of The Atrium at Eickhoff?

The policy for taking food out of The Atrium at Eickhoff is that anything that you are in the process of eating may be removed, for example if you were eating your bagel on your way out to a morning class, you can certainly take it. Because of food safety issues we cannot allow students to take food “to-go”. Students may also take beverages out in the provided Carte Blanche thermal mug that comes free with every Carte Blanche meal plan.

Do you offer vegetarian options?

At each of our dining locations, vegetarians can find many options to suit their dietary needs. In the Atrium at Eickhoff, Veggie Loop is a completely meat-free zone. Also, at 91.3 Wokery, vegetarian students may request that their food be prepared in one of two woks that are dedicated to vegetarian cooking. Tofu is available as a substitute for proteins at most stations in the dining halls as well, in addition to many vegetarian wraps, panini sandwiches, salads and hot items.

I have a specific diet and prefer to purchase my own food, can I be released from my meal plan?

All students living on campus are required to be enrolled in a meal plan. We encourage students who feel as though they are not getting what they need out of the meal plan to contact us at (609) 771-2364, or via email at mktgcrd@tcnj.edu.

I am off-campus for a large part of the day because I am a student teacher, what are my options?

We accommodate for special time restraints that prevent students from being able to dine at any of our locations. TCNJ Dining Services can work with you to have boxed meals ready. Contact the Director of Operations, Steven Reader, at steven.reader@sodexo.com or 609-771-3205, to discuss the various boxed meal options. Carte Blanche meals will use one Eickhoff swipe, and A la Carte meals will follow the rates for the 2016-2017 academic year. Breakfast: $5.61, Lunch: $8.83, Dinner: $9.76.

It is only November and I have run out of all my points, what can I do?

Students who have run out of dining points before the end of the semester can add GetIt points to their card, which can be used at all dining locations on campus. To do this, students should visit Card Services in Green Hall, Room 119, or can add points to their card online at www.tcnj.edu/~sfs/card/index.html.

I am having a problem with my GetIt card, what should I do?

If a student’s card does not work at any dining services location, or says that a privilege is unassigned when the student thinks it should be, they should immediately visit Card Services in Green Hall, Room 119.

I just put money on my card, and now it won't work for purchases? Why?

All deposits made usually take 24 hours to go through the system. Money deposited is not immediately available for purchases. If it has been a few days and the card still does not work, please visit Card Services in Green Hall, Room 119.

Can I send my student a gift?

TCNJ Dining has an easy, thoughtful way to send your student baked treats or a gift basket for any occasion! All baked items are made fresh to order, right here on campus. Order forms can be found on the Gifts page of our website.

Is it easy to eat healthy on campus?

Yes it is! Nutrition information is provided for all menu options at the Atrium at Eickhoff. Our Mindful program helps students make easy, healthy choices by identifying menu options that meet certain nutritional criteria with a Mindful apple icon. For more information visit www.mindful.sodexo.com. We also have a registered dietitian, Puneet Sethi, who can work with you to ensure all of your dietary concerns are addressed or answer any questions about eating healthy on campus.

I am Gluten-Free, what are my dining options?

MyZone in the Atrium at Eickhoff is a designated gluten-free area with prepackaged foods as well as gluten-friendly foods made by our chefs.
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Important Info

Questions?

If you have any questions about meal plan assignments, please contact Residential Education & Housing at 609.771.2301.

Lost or Stolen Meal Cards

Lost or stolen meal cards can be replaced. Should this happen to you, please contact the online card office, Office of Student Accounts, or Campus Police.

Dietary Needs

Do you have particular dietary needs? Please let us know. Our campus dining services program can accommodate your special dietary requirements. For more information, please contact Puneet Sethi, RD, by email at sdhrd@tcnj.edu or by phone at 609-771-3426.

Dining Policies

One of our main goals is to provide a pleasant, clean, comfortable and satisfying dining experience. In order to meet this goal, we ask for your assistance with the following procedures:

  • Please bus your dishes and disposables from your table when you have finished dining
  • Please refrain from taking food, dishes or utensils from the dining area.
  • Remember that meal cards are non-transferable. Meal cards cannot be used by anyone but the purchaser.
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