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Food plays an important role in nourishing the students and campus community here at Western Oregon University. Campus Dining is dedicated to excellence and work tirelessly to cultivate a healthy, supportive, inclusive and sustainable dining experience. We strive to serve quality food made fresh from the best local ingredients in our area and with great customer service from our staff. Whether you choose to eat at our main Valsetz dining hall, stop by one of our dining locations in the Werner University Center or grab a coffee at one of our coffee shops, we offer a variety of dining options to suite your taste and fit your needs. 

Which Meal Plan Should I Choose?

Choosing a meal plan can be a difficult decision. At Western Oregon University we offer residents three choices to suit varying nutritional needs and tastes. We understand that it can be challenging to predict how much food you will need each term. Campus Dining has created a meal plan worksheet to help students predict the amount of meals they will eat per week and will automatically calculate the average spending cost per term. Click the meal plan worksheet button to download your copy of the worksheet. It should give you greater insight on which meal plan will best suit your individual needs.

All Campus Dining meal plans are “A la carte” so that residents are able to pay only for what they choose to eat instead of having to pay a set meal price. We provide flexibility so that everyone can select the type of food that suits their budget as well as their appetite. Students in Landers, Barnum, Ackerman, and Heritage must choose a meal plan each term. 

When choosing a meal plan, keep in mind; Fall Term is 12 weeks due to New Student Week and Winter and Spring terms are each 11 weeks. 

Discounts

As part of the meal plan cost, each residential student pays their share of overhead costs up front. Because of this, all residential students with a meal plan can purchase prepared food in Valsetz Dining Hall at the wholesale cost of food items. This works out to be a 40% discount and is applied to all prepared meals purchased in Valsetz. There is not a discount on retail items, and non-residential students, faculty and staff all pay retail prices when dining in Valsetz. 

Overhead Costs Explained

The overhead payment listed in our meal plans is the total of our operational business costs each term for having all our dining locations open throughout the week to serve our students. These funds cover costs such as: Salaries (Staff and student), utlitities, supplies, repairs and capital expenses. 

Manage Your Meal Plan

You have selected your meal plan, now how do you go about managing your account so that it lasts throughout the term? To track your meal plan usage on a daily basis, see a detailed report of what you spent and where you spent it, and much, much more- Use the Meal Plan Tracker. 

Available NOW On Your WOU Portal

Look for the Meal Plan Tracker link – If you don’t see one, you may have to add a channel to your portal NOTE: You must have made a transaction for the MPT to show up in your link.

Additional Information

Changing Meal Plans

Do you have a large balance on your meal plan? Or do you keep running out of money on your card? If so, we recommend adjusting your meal plan. We allow students to adjust their meal plan before the first day of a new term. To change your meal plan visit us in the SOSA office located below Valsetz or email housing@mail.wou.edu and list what meal plan you would like to switch to. 

Adding more Dining Dollars

Students can add a minimum of $20 to their accounts at any campus dining register. We accept debit/credit, cash or check! Our Campus Dining staff makes every effort to educate students in helping them make a proper meal plan selection. We also understand that it is difficult to predict exactly what each individual’s eating habits will be. Some students find they have chosen a plan incompatible with their eating habits or, find themselves running low on dining dollars as the term progresses. If this happens, we want to work with students to accommodate their needs and make it easy for students to add money to their meal pan. 

Meal Plan Carry-Overs/Refunds

Meal plans carry over term to term, until the end of the academic year. This means, at the end of spring term, all dining dollars on the student’s meal plan are forfeit and non-refundable. Additionally, dining dollars are not transferable from one student to another. Students are allowed to apply for a Wolf Bonus Account and petition to get their end of year balance transferred to a Wolf Bonus Account. We recommend that each student monitor their meal plan balance throughout the year. If you have any questions about meal balances at the end of the academic school year you can email us at dining@mail.wou.edu or visit our campus dining office at the South Sister Annex.