Dining FAQ

The unlimited access meal plan sounds great but what if I miss a meal because of work, class or an extra activity?

Sack lunches/dinners and even sack breakfasts are definitely a solution to your situation! Stop by the Dining Services management office in your residence hall to discuss your schedule with one of the management staff who will arrange the sack meal for you to pick up.

What if I have special dietary needs?

Students living in University Housing with special dietary needs are asked to contact Pam Edwards, Assistant Director of University Dining Services, to discuss plans about how to best meet the students' needs. Please contact Pam at 402.472.9045 or pedwards1@unl.edu.

How can I share my ideas about the menu with Dining Services' staff?

We encourage and appreciate students' menu ideas and have a few ways for you to become involved in that process including:

  • Becoming part of the University Dining Services' Menu Committee which has regularly scheduled meetings. If you cannot attend the meeting(s), share your ideas with one of the management staff members who will present your suggestions at the meeting.
  • Use Dining Services' comment cards which are available at each of the Dining Centers to communicate your ideas and questions. Please include your name and e-mail or phone number so a member of the management staff can obtain additional information if needed.
  • Visit us in person! We always appreciate the opportunity to talk with students about the menu.

Where can I find the menu for the residence hall dining centers?

Menus are posted at menu.unl.edu or you can download our menu app for iPhone or Android.

How can I become more involved in University Dining Services' activities?

A great way is to become a member of one of the University Dining Services' committees. Examples include:

  • The gNc (good Nutrition counts) committee which plans and presents nutrition/wellness programs for the students.
  • The Menu Committee evaluates and plans menus and evaluates new products and recipes.
  • The HACCP Committee establishes and monitors food safety policies and procedures.
  • Dining Center Special Event Teams plan and present special events in each of the dining centers.

In addition, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

When or why would there be a "block" on my NCard with Dining Services?

There are different situations with the unlimited access meal plans that cause a "block" to occur such as:

  • If you've eaten at any of the residence hall dining centers during Dining Services' lunch period/time and you try to eat at the Nebraska Training Table, you will be blocked. Also, if you've eaten at the Nebraska Training Table during their lunch period/time (10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) and then try to eat at any of the residence hall dining centers during the same lunch period/time, you will be blocked.
  • If you've eaten at any of the residence hall dining centers during Dining Services' lunch period/time and you try to eat lunch at the East Campus Corner Deli, you will be blocked. Likewise, if you've eaten at the East Campus Corner Deli during their lunch period/time (1:00–2:30 p.m.) and then try to eat at any of the residence hall dining centers during their lunch period, you will be blocked.
  • If you've eaten at any of the residence hall dining centers during the lunch period/time and you try to eat at Husker Hoagies, Husker Heroes, or Huskers On-The-Go, you will be blocked. Similarly, if you have eaten at Husker Hoagies or Husker Heroes during their lunch period/time (10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) or Huskers On-The-Go during their lunch period/time (10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) and then try to eat at any of the residence hall dining centers during the same lunch period/time, you will be blocked.
  • If you take a sack meal for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, you will be blocked from any of the residence hall dining centers for the meal period that you received the sack meal.
  • If you attend a special meal (Monday – Friday) at any of the residence hall dining centers for which your NCard number has been entered in the ID system, you will be blocked from going to a residence hall dining center during that same meal period.

What if I'm not feeling well and can't get to a dining center for meal(s)?

Let your RA or Wellness Advocate know that you're not feeling well. There's a Sick Meal Tray form available at the 24-hour desk of each residence hall complex that needs to be completed by the person getting a meal for you. The completed form needs to be given to the Dining Center checker who will enter your information so that you can receive a meal in your room. Please remember that the student picking up the meal must bring the ill student's NCard and show it to the checker. If you have any questions about the procedures please feel free to ask a Dining Service management team member.

Can guests join me for meals?

Every student with a 5– or 7–day unlimited access meal plan will be allowed three free guest meals during the first semester and three free guest meals during the second semester. After the three free guest meals are used each semester, guests are welcome to purchase a meal with cash, credit card, or by using their NCard.

How can I change my meal plan?

To change your meal plan, e-mail Housing at housing.unl.edu.