Dining & Meal Plans FAQ

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Updated Auguest 21, 2020

The following is subject to change based on campus population, programing, and State and Local guidelines relating to COVID

Dining Overview

What are my meal plan options with the COVID restrictions?

The COG

Currently, all dining locations, including the main dining hall "The COG," will continue to undergo many updates to ensure the safety and health of our students. For The COG, hours will remain the same or may be extended for normal operation standards. Upon entry, students will swipe their Gonzaga ID card and an attendant will monitor and be available to provide support. Meals will consist of a variety of Grab and Go options, along with limited dine-in seating as allowable by State and local Guidance. To eliminate congestion between floors, The COG will mirror menus on the 1st and 2nd floors, including Grab and Go Pick 3 items along with special dietary consideration items.

Seating will be designed to maintain physical distancing and tabletop signs will be used to show if a table has been cleaned or not. The dining room will ensure sanitizing on constant rotation, use of disposable dishware and flatware for all meals and service attendants may serve hot and fountain beverages to eliminate touchpoints on these high traffic stations.

Other Dining Facilities

Depending on the campus population, Welch Hall dining location may be transitioned into Grab and Go with expanded Pick 3 Offerings including pre-built salads/sandwiches, allowing students another easily accessible location for food to-go. Cataldo Hall, which historically only included the 1887 dining location, may expand to also including The Globe Room. 1887 may exclusively offer the Grab and Go options, along with a rotating hot entrée option, while The Globe Room may offer Simple Servings and Vegan options. Breakfast may also be added to 1887, giving students yet another location for safely accessing morning meals. Due to social distancing needs, Contemplative Café will temporarily close to allow for additional space within the building.

Within Hemmingson Center, students can expect to see social distancing measures and traffic flow requirements at The Marketplace, Starbucks and Wolfgang Puck. The Bulldog restaurant will continue to offer dine-in service, as state and campus regulations allow, at a reduced capacity and with socially distanced seating.

Duff’s Bistro will continue to offer their favorite menu items, with additional grab and go options.

Both cafes, Margie’s in Tilford and Café Lawte in the Law School, may remain open to serve those areas of campus. Expect to see additional sanitizing measures in place as well as social distancing and traffic flow requirements at these locations as well.

In addition, we will be recommending students download the GRUBHUB app for mobile ordering and signage up for the campus portion to see all on-campus locations available for ordering ahead. This option will be available at all retail locations and will further assist in alleviating wait times in line.

Please note that these plans are what Zag Dining is currently planning on for the Fall semester, however with the ever-changing needs of the campus, these plans may change. We will be working diligently with the campus and all state and local regulatory agencies to ensure that our services align with the most updated requirements. We appreciate your patience and understanding through these evolving times and know that we are working to ensure students are not only safe and healthy, but also receiving the high standards of Zag Dining services at the same time.


If you are a 1st or 2nd-year student residing on campus, a resident dining meal plan is still a requirement. The COG and 1887 will allow for limited dine-in and to-go options. Meals in these locations will consist of both hot and simple serving offerings. The student’s favorite “Pick 3” meal is also available and provides a quick, easy way to get food on the run. “Pick 3” offerings take into consideration special dietary needs.

Resident Dining plans are still available to all students, on and off campus, via your student accounts portal. 

Students are also able to purchase Community Meal plans, which are purchased via the ZagDining.com website. 

 

Resident Dining plans include swipes and Bulldog Bucks; the swipes expire at the end of the semester and the Bulldog Bucks roll over to the next semester if any remain.

Community Meal plans include only meal swipes, but these never expire. They are available for you to use until they are gone!

 

The COG, 1887 at Cataldo, The Globe Room, plus additional Pick 3 locations for a quick grab and go option (2nd floor COG, Welch Hall, Duff’s Bistro)

*These locations will vary as needs arise throughout the semester.

 

Bulldog Bucks are a part of all resident dining meal plans and can be used at any of the Zag Dining retail locations on campus. These are also available to use at a number of off-campus locations, which you can find a list of on Gonzaga’s website.

 

You can change your plan through 5 pm of the first week of classes. Otherwise, you are only able to upgrade as the semester continues.

 

Yes, we recommend meeting with our Registered Dietitian to ensure that you are able to navigate the dining services throughout campus. Our Dietitian conducts meetings with students at no costs to help alleviate any concerns and to find the best ways to use each location for your specific needs.

 

For retail outlets, you can order ahead through the GRUBHUB app; you can even use your Bulldog Bucks to pay through the app for even further convenience.

 

At this time, and depending on campus population, both the COG and Cataldo Dining halls will be open for dine-in (seating capacities allowable by State and Local Guidance) and to-go options. The COG will begin with offering 3 full stations (mirrored on each floor), consisting of 2 hot and fresh entrée items and a quick grab and go option. Included in these will be the Simple Servings (allergen-free) and Vegan menus as well. 1887 at Cataldo will serve to-go options along with a rotating daily hot entrée. The Globe Room will offer the Simple Servings station (allergen-free) and Vegan entrée for that location. Additionally, there will be added locations for quick to-go options across campus. Bulldog Bucks, which come with all Resident Dining meal plans, can still be used at Starbucks, Wolfgang Puck, The Bulldog, The Marketplace, Duff’s Bistro and cafes across campus.

Meal plans ensure food security during the semester. With a meal plan, you are well served, and the work is done for you. The dining plan will make available food for you so you can focus on your studies, have quick access to great, wholesome, and well-balanced menus to ensure your day flows smoothly and you can manage your schedule with ease. Having a dining plan also gives you unlimited access to the special events, promotions and offers that are provided through the program.

 

There are a variety of menu items and services available. A menu that rotates over 5 weeks with additional staffing to ensure the safety and well-being of students including sanitation, programming, much planning and daily execution increases the expense of the program. This additional expense is not passed on to students; in fact, we designed a balanced program and look forward to meeting and exceeding your expectations.

 

During this unprecedented time, we are mindful of the many concerns our parents and students have regarding life on campus during this academic year. Months of deliberate and thoughtful planning have gone into creating an environment focused on safety and security of our entire Gonzaga Community. We have made adjustments and decisions in our programs in conjunction with local health professionals and following the guidance set forth by local and state government. With this in mind, we will continue to require our 1st and 2nd year students who reside on campus to hold a resident meal plan. We are confident that our food service programs led by the Sodexo team will provide for safe, healthy and flexible nourishment of our students. These programs will include additional locations for dining as well as eat in and grab and go options that will allow our students to eat in the dining hall or pick up meals and dine in a location of their choice.

Should there be challenges in regards to medical needs that you would like evaluated through our standard meal plan exemption process, if you have not yet done so, please submit a Meal Plan Solutions Exemption Request (myGU login required). If your family’s financial situation has changed, and you would like to submit a financial aid appeal for more funds, please submit a Special Conditions Appeal form to our Financial Aid Office. Meal plan exemption requests will be evaluated based on FAFSA financial information or will be assigned to our Disability Access team who will work with you or your student through the accommodations process. We are doing our best to address the submissions that have been received and thank you for your patience as we complete reviews. We will reach out to you for additional information or determination as soon as your request has been processed.

As we plan for the students return to campus we assure you that we are continuously evaluating the current situation to ensure that we are providing a safe and healthy environment for all of our community members.