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January 07, 2019

Welcome to Carthage College Dining Services

Coming Fall 2019

April 30, 2019

Dear Students,


I am pleased to share information about important and exciting changes we are making to the dining experience on campus.  


In response to direct feedback from our students and an analysis of foot traffic at all of our dining sites, we are redoubling our efforts to provide the highest quality meals, with the most variety, at the most convenient locations and at the lowest possible cost to students and their families.


Beginning in September 2019, the following changes will take effect:


Increasing Investments in Ingredients

This year, Carthage temporarily invested in the overall quality of the food in the Cafeteria, and we have received excellent feedback. In the coming year, Carthage will make that change permanent by investing 21% more spending on ingredients to continue to improve the overall quality and variety of offerings in The Cafeteria without passing along costs to students and families.


Cafeteria Dining

Our goal is to utilize the dining experience to help build community among first- and second-year students. To this end, we will be adding more seats to The Cafeteria to accommodate increased usage. First and second year students who live on campus will be asked to visit The Cafeteria with more frequency and will be allowed to carry-over unused weekly points to avoid meal plan forfeiture. Freshman will be required to use 66 meal points per week in either The Cafeteria or Lentz Do Lunch. Sophomores who live on campus will be required to use 44 meal points per week in either The Cafeteria or Lentz Do Lunch. There will be no requirements for Juniors or Seniors. Up to 35 unused weekly points above the Minimum Cafeteria Usage will be carried over each week. Unused flex points will continue to be available during the year and will expire at the end of the school year.


New Cafeteria Hours

On a test basis, the hours of The Cafeteria will be extended to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays to accommodate late evening diners.


New Café to Open on the North Side

Lentz Do Lunch, a new grab-and-go kiosk in the lobby of Lentz Hall, will offer a delicious and innovative selection of sandwiches, soups and salads made with locally-sourced ingredients at high-traffic times. Weekdays between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. the kiosk will provide community members with a low-cost, quick and high-quality lunch option on the North side of campus.


Low-Traffic Locations to Close or Reduce Hours

A review of foot traffic across campus revealed very low volume at two venues and during select hours at the beginning and end of the day at other locations. In order to invest in opening a new food location on the North side of campus and in increasing food variety at the locations with the highest volume, we will be closing the two retail outlets with the lowest volume—Freshen and Seattle’s Best—and slightly reducing the hours of other locations.  The new hours will be posted at all food venues.


We hope these changes will help to build a more convenient and enjoyable dining experience for all of our students.




Dale R. McClain

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Choose to Reuse

July 14, 2018

The Choose to Reuse program is designed to help do the right thing for our environment! Students, Faculty and Staff can purchase a reusable container for a one-time fee of $5.00. Once you purchase the container you can continuously use the program for the school year. The first purchased container can be used immediately in The Caf, fill it up with any of your favorite dishes from that day and take it onChoose to Reuse the go! Once you finish your meal, we ask that you rinse out the container and bring it back to The Caf to be washed and sanitized. If you do not want to eat from The Caf that day, you will receive a clip that you will need to bring back to receive a new sanitized container for your meal. Every time you want to use the program, you have to turn in the dirty container or the clip; if you do not have either when you come to The Caf, you cannot get a new container. If you are in a rush or do not feel like dining in The Caf, this is a perfect program to take your food on the go while being environmentally friendly!

Please note that when you fill a container, you may not dine in The Caf for that meal, it must be taken to go.

If you lose your container or clip, you will have to reenter the program by purchasing another container for $5.00.

If you have any questions regarding this program please contact Paulina Vallejo at

Farmer's Fridge

August 21, 2018

Farmer's Fridge is an automated smart Fridge that offers wholesome, delicious salads, bowls, snacks and more. Meals are delivered fresh and unpurchased meals are donated to local food pantries. There are two Farmer's Fridge locations on campus: Clausen Center near Starbucks and in the Campbell Student Union. Enjoy healthy eating 24/7!