What's a Meal Plan?

A meal plan is a group of meals purchased in advance (through your eSIS account). A plan covers a semester and meals are discounted from the walk-in price. To use a meal, simply wave your Falcon ID card in front of the prox-card reader at the entrance to Riverside Commons. You also have the option to "transfer" a meal to one of the other restaurants in the University Center. If you've got Dining Dollars on your account, you can use those if the cost of your transfer meal is more than the cash equivalency for that particular restaurant.

Important Dates


Spring 2024 Semester First Meal: Jan. 20 (Brunch)
Deadline to Change Spring 2024 Meal Plans: Jan. 26
Spring Break 2024 (No Meals): March 16-23
Spring 2024 Meal Plan Ends (After Dinner): May 9


Living off campus?


Choose Your Spring 2024 Meal Plan

Any student who lives in a residence hall (other than South Fork Suites) must select a meal plan per the Housing/Dining Contract. A meal plan is optional for all other students. 

Meal plan prices are subject to change until they have been approved by the UW System Board of Regents in early July. If you're required to participate in a meal plan and don't select one, you'll automatically be assigned the 14 Weekly Plan. Meal plan prices are per semester.

  • Unlimited dine-in access to Riverside Commons during normal business hours
  • $80 in Dining Dollars to use at any food venue 
  • Five meals per week may be used as transfer meals instead of eating in Riverside Commons
  • Five flex/block meals free each semester with ability to add more
  • Restrictions: If a transfer meal is used, no access is allowed into Riverside Commons until the next meal period. NO Freddy 2GO option.

Fall 2023-Spring 2024 pricing: $1,620 per semester (Prices are estimates until approved by the UW System Board of Regents)

  • 19 meals every week of semester (*Use up to four meals a day)
  • $65 in Dining Dollars to use at any food venue
  • All meals may be used as transfer meals
  • Five flex/block meals free each semester, can be used at any time of day
  • Option to purchase addition flex/block meals in groups of 10 or 25 flex/block meals
  • Freddy 2Go option at Riverside Commons
  • Restrictions: One meal per each meal period (breakfast/lunch/dinner/late night)
  • Unused meals do not roll over to the next week

Fall 2023-Spring 2024 pricing: $1,425 per semester (Prices are estimates until approved by the UW System Board of Regents)

  • 14 meals every week of semester (*use up to four meals per day)
  • $65 in Dining Dollars to use at any food venue
  • All meals may be used as transfer meals
  • Five flex/block meals free each semester, can be used any time of day
  • Option to purchase additional flex/block meals in groups of 10 or 25 flex/block meals
  • Freddy 2Go option at Riverside Commons
  • Restrictions: One meal per each meal period (breakfast/lunch/dinner/late night)
  • Unused meals do not roll over to the next week

Fall 2023-Spring 2024 pricing: $1,390 per semester (Prices are estimates until approved by the UW System Board of Regents)

  • 120 meals for the entire semester (average 8 meals/week)
  • $105 in Dining Dollars to use at any food venue
  • Able to convert up to 30 meals into Dining Dollars during weeks two and three of each semester
  • Option to purchase additional flex/block meals in groups of 10 or 25 flex/block meals
  • Freddy 2Go option at Riverside Commons
  • Meals may be used for guests to dine with you
  • Eat any time of day, no need to consider meal period (ex: two lunches)
  • Unused meals do not roll over to the next semester

Fall 2023-Spring 2024 pricing: $1,400 per semester (Prices are estimates until approved by the UW System Board of Regents)

Please note, you may select the 60 block plan if one of the following requirements is met:

  • You live in a residence hall and have completed 60 or more credits (this is strictly enforced!)
  • You live in South Fork Suites
  • You live off-campus


Plan details (This meal plan is NOT available to students living on campus who have completed less than 60 credits.):

  • 60 meals for the entire semester (averages four meals/week)
  • All meals may be used as transfer meals
  • Able to convert up to 30 meals into Dining Dollars during weeks two and three of each semester. Does not initially include any Dining Dollars.
  • Option to purchase additional flex/block meals in groups of 10 or 25 flex/block meals
  • Freddy 2Go option at Riverside Commons
  • Meals may be used for guests to dine with you
  • Eat any time of day, no need to consider meal period (ex: two lunches)
  • Unused meals do not roll over to the next semester

Fall 2023-Spring 2024 pricing: $500 per semester (Prices are estimates until approved by the UW System Board of Regents)

If you like the convenience of eating multiple meals during a meal period or if you're a block plan student who is running low on meals, you can purchase additional meals to be used during the same semester. Block meals don’t carry forward to the next semester and are only available for use in the semester they were purchased. Prices for block meal add ons are:
 

  • 10 block/flex meal add-on: $85 (Fall 2023-Spring 2024)
  • 25 block/flex meal add-on: $210 (Fall 2023-Spring 2024)

2024-2025 Meal Plans

  • Unlimited dine-in access to Riverside Commons during normal business hours
  • $100 in Dining Dollars to use at any food venue 
  • Five meals per week may be used as transfer meals instead of eating in Riverside Commons
  • Five flex/block meals free each semester with ability to add more
  • Restrictions: If a transfer meal is used, no access is allowed into Riverside Commons until the next meal period. NO Freddy 2GO option.

Fall 2024-Spring 2025 pricing: $1,715 per semester (Prices are estimates until approved by the UW System Board of Regents)

  • 21 meals every week of semester (*Use up to four meals a day)
  • $100 in Dining Dollars to use at any food venue
  • All meals may be used as transfer meals
  • Five flex/block meals free each semester, can be used at any time of day
  • Option to purchase additional flex/block meals in groups of 10 or 25 flex/block meals
  • Freddy 2Go option at Riverside Commons
  • Restrictions: One meal per each meal period (breakfast/lunch/dinner/late night)
  • Unused meals do not roll over to the next week

Fall 2024-Spring 2025 pricing: $1,515 per semester (Prices are estimates until approved by the UW System Board of Regents)

  • 14 meals every week of semester (*use up to four meals per day)
  • $100 in Dining Dollars to use at any food venue
  • All meals may be used as transfer meals
  • Five flex/block meals free each semester, can be used any time of day
  • Option to purchase additional flex/block meals in groups of 10 or 25 flex/block meals
  • Freddy 2Go option at Riverside Commons
  • Restrictions: One meal per each meal period (breakfast/lunch/dinner/late night)
  • Unused meals do not roll over to the next week

Fall 2024-Spring 2025 pricing: $1,475 per semester (Prices are estimates until approved by the UW System Board of Regents)

  • 75 meals for the entire semester (average 5 meals/week)
  • $375 in Dining Dollars to use at any food venue
  • All meals may be used as transfer meals
  • Option to purchase additional flex/block meals in groups of 10 or 25 flex/block meals
  • Freddy 2Go option at Riverside Commons
  • Meals may be used for guests to dine with you
  • Eat any time of day, no need to consider meal period (ex: two lunches)
  • Unused meals do not roll over to the next semester

Fall 2024-Spring 2025 pricing: $1,485 per semester (Prices are estimates until approved by the UW System Board of Regents)

Please note, you may select the 45 block plan if one of the following requirements is met:

  • You live in a residence hall and have completed 60 or more credits (this is strictly enforced!)
  • You live in South Fork Suites
  • You live off-campus


Plan details (This meal plan is NOT available to students living on campus who have completed less than 60 credits.):

  • 45 meals for the entire semester (averages three meals/week)
  • $100 in dining dollars per semester
  • All meals may be used as transfer meals
  • Option to purchase additional flex/block meals in groups of 10 or 25 flex/block meals
  • Freddy 2Go option at Riverside Commons
  • Meals may be used for guests to dine with you
  • Eat any time of day, no need to consider meal period (ex: two lunches)
  • Unused meals do not roll over to the next semester

Fall 2024-Spring 2025 pricing: $530 per semester (Prices are estimates until approved by the UW System Board of Regents)

If you like the convenience of eating multiple meals during a meal period or if you're a block plan student who is running low on meals, you can purchase additional meals to be used during the same semester. Block meals don’t carry forward to the next semester and are only available for use in the semester they were purchased. Prices for block meal add ons are:
 

  • 10 block/flex meal add-on: $115 (Fall 2024-Spring 2025)
  • 25 block/flex meal add-on: $235 (Fall 2024-Spring 2025)

Using Your Meal Plan

Your meal plan is automatically attached to your Falcon ID card. Each time you eat, simply scan your ID card at the cashier station and a meal is deducted from your meal balance. At a transfer meal location, you’ll swipe your card once for a meal. If what you ordered is more than the transfer dollar allowance, you can scan your ID card again and use Dining Dollars for the balance. 


 

Transfer meals allow meal plan participants to use a meal from their meal plan in retail dining areas outside of Riverside Commons. A cash equivalency for the meal is applied to the purchase made and if the meal cost exceeds the cash equivalency, the balance can be paid with cash, card or Dining Dollars. All meal plans allow for meals to be used at transfer locations instead of eating in Riverside Commons.

Cash Equivalency Value is:
$6.00    Lunch/Brunch
$6.50    Dinner
$6.00    Late Night

Dining Dollars are like a debit account on your student Falcon ID card. Dining Dollars can be used to purchase food and beverage items at any UWRF dining location and are exempt from sales tax. They can't be purchased independently, taken as cash, transferred to others or refunded.

Dining Dollars remaining at the end of fall semester may rollover to spring semester only if the student has an active spring semester meal plan. If you're not required to be on a meal plan and you cancel any portion of the spring semester meal plan, the unused fall Dining Dollars will not be refunded. All Dining Dollars must be used by the end of the spring semester, they don't carry over to the next academic year.

The 120 and 60 Block plan participants may convert between one and 30 meals into Dining Dollars (limited to the remaining balance on their account) at a rate of $6 per meal (maximum of $180 in Dining Dollars). Once meals are converted to Dining Dollars, they may not be converted back to meals. Dining Dollars cannot be refunded should the meal plan be canceled for any reason.

Block meals can be converted to Dining Dollars during designated time periods only (typically weeks 2-4 of a semester). Unused fall semester Dining Dollars roll over to the spring semester (only if you have a meal plan during the spring semester). Unused spring semester Dining Dollars do not roll over and are not refunded.

Meal Plan FAQs

If you're on the 14 or 19 Weekly Plan, you can use one meal (either a meal in Riverside Commons or other transfer locations) during each meal period. There are 26 meal periods per week. If you're on the weekly plan, you have from Sunday morning to Saturday evening to use up your meal swipes (either 14 or 19, depending on your plan) but you can only use one swipe during each of the meal periods. 

Monday-Friday meal periods: Four meal periods - breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night
Saturday-Sunday meal periods: Three meal periods - brunch/lunch, dinner and late-night

If you're a block meal plan holder, you can use multiple meals at one time if you want.

You can view your usage and balances for meals and Dining Dollars through GET

The 14 and 19 Weekly Plans come with five "free" flex/block meals. These meals can be used if you want to bring a guest with you to dine on campus - just tell the cashier you want to use your flex/block meal for your guest.

If you're on a 14 or 19 Weekly Plan, you may also the flex/block meals if you want to eat twice during a specific meal period. For example, you eat lunch at 1:00 p.m. and then want to grab another meal at 2:30 p.m. to bring back to your room for later. Those meals are during the same meal period so you can use a flex/block meal for the second meal. If you're on a weekly plan, you can purchase additional flex/block meals in packages of 10 or 25 meals.

Block plans already allow the use of multiple meals in any meal period so they don't come with flex/block meals. However, if you're a block plan participant and you're running low on meals toward the end of the semester, you can purchase flex/block meals to add to your account.

All unused flex/block meals expire at the end of the semester they were purchased. 

Want to purchase a flex/block meal package of 10 meals ($85) or 25 meals ($210)? Simply email dining@uwrf.edu.

Dining Dollars aren't something you can "add" money to. Block plan holders have a short period of time at the beginning of each semester where they can "convert" meals into Dining Dollars (see the block conversion process details). All other meal plan holders have a set amount of Dining Dollars placed on their accounts by the UWRF Dining office and aren't able to add more funds to the Dining Dollar balance from their personal funds. Most students who run low on Dining Dollars use either cash, card or phone pay options. All food locations accept cash, credit card and phone pay options. 

If you're living on or off-campus and are on a meal plan but aren't feeling well, we can help! 

  1. Talk to your roommate or a friend about helping to get your meals and deliver them to you.
  2. Fill out the request form at least one hour before pickup If insufficient time is provided, meal will not be ready for pickup: Self-Quarantine Meal Form
  3. On the form, you'll have three options to choose from for your meal(s):
    1. Regular Meal: Your designated friend will go through Riverside Commons like normal but with a to-go container given to them at the cashier station. View the current menu at and let your friend know what to pick up for you. One meal will be deducted from your meal plan.
    2. Liquids Only*: Includes six soup broth packets, six Saltine cracker packages, three slices of white bread (plastic wrapped), three hot tea bags, three applesauce cups, three Jell-O cups, ginger ale (12 fl. oz.), three water bottles, sugar and salt packets, utensils and drink cups. Three meals will be deducted from your meal plan. Maximum use is three consecutive days. Note: due to supply chain challenges, these items may be substituted. 
      *Meal contents are examples only, actual content may vary.  
    3. Liquids and Solids*: Includes one instant oatmeal, two soup packages, one Rice-a-Roni cup, one mashed potato cup, four Saltine cracker packages, three hot tea bags, two applesauce cups, ginger ale (12 fl. oz.), three whole fruit, one pudding container, four packages of peanut butter, two packages of jelly, three slices of wheat bread (plastic wrapped), three sugar packets, utensils, drink cups and three water bottles. Three meals will be deducted from your meal plan. Maximum use is three consecutive days. Note: due to supply chain challenges, these items may be substituted.
      *Meal contents are examples only, actual content may vary.  

      If you select the Regular Meal option, you must fill out the form for each meal period, otherwise your friend won't be able to get a meal for you. If you select the liquids only or liquids and solids options, you only have to fill out the form once each day.
       
  4. Have your designated friend visit the Riverside Commons cashier station and give them your name. If you've filled out the form, the cashier will know your friend is coming. Depending on the meal option you've selected, your friend will either be given a to-go container (regular meal) or a prepackaged bag (liquids only or liquids and solids options).

    If your friend is getting a meal for themselves too, they'll follow the standard process.
     

Important things to note: 
You can't use a transfer meal for this program. If you use this process for more than two consecutive days, Student Health and Counseling will be notified. Remember to fill out the form at least one hour before your designated friend plans to pick up your meal(s). It's important that we have time to prepare! 

 

We contract with Chartwells, a professional food service company, to provide dining services on campus. Click here to check out daily menu options and nutrition information.

We take nutrition and allergy needs seriously. A registered dietitian is available to meet with students to discuss their personal nutrition goals and dietary needs. Our entire dining staff is trained on food safety to make sure we handle food properly and prevent cross-contact.

Allergen Friendly Station: We have an allergen friendly station called "Delicious Without" filled with options that do not contain gluten or the top nine allergens. The food at this station is stored, prepared and served separately to avoid cross-contact with allergen containing foods. 

Avoiding Gluten: Located in Riverside Commons, the Avoiding Gluten station has a cooler full of items made without gluten-containing ingredients such as buns, bread and bagels. Other options are available throughout our dining locations. 

Vegan/Vegetarian (Rooted): The "Rooted" station in Riverside Commons offers a specially designed vegan and vegetarian meal that incorporates special protein requirements as well as offering flavorful and fresh ingredients. 

Signs showing nutrition information may be found near the food areas in many venues but if you have any questions, just ask a food service employee! Questions? Email us at dining@uwrf.edu.

Yes! All meal plans allow for meals (All Access has a five meal limit each week) to be used at a transfer location instead of eating in Riverside Commons. Meal transfers are available for lunch/brunch, dinner and late-night meal periods at multiple locations in the University Center. Visit When and Where to Eat for a complete list of business hours. 

Weekly plans only allow one meal to be used during each meal period so if you eat in Riverside Commons during a specific meal period, you'll have to wait until the next meal period to use a transfer meal. If you've got Flex/Block meals, you may use those to dine a second time during the same meal period.

In addition to using a transfer meal for lunch and dinner at the multiple transfer meal locations in the UC, there is also a late-night transfer available from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Instead of eating inside Riverside Commons, we offer Freddy 2GO containers for you to use. This non-disposable option helps all of us to reduce our impact on the environment!

When you arrive at Riverside Commons, you can ask the cashier to sign out a Freddy 2GO to you. They'll have you scan your ID card for the container check-out and then scan it again to charge a meal to your meal plan. Place your selected food items inside the container to take it to go! 

You'll be given a clean and sanitized Freddy 2GO container each time you request one. Return your container the next time you visit Riverside Commons by placing the used container in the receptacle near the cashier station. If you forget to return your Freddy 2GO container, a $10 non-returned container fee will be charged to your eSIS account at the end of the semester.

Use the UWRF GET app to view your Freddy 2GO balance. If you have a container available to check out, it will indicate a balance of one. You can't check out a container if the balance is zero.

Research shows the connection between student success and access to quality nutrition. As a result, the UW System Board of Regents requires a base meal plan for students residing in a traditional residence hall. The default meal plan for students that haven't already earned at least 60 undergraduate credits is the 14 Weekly Plan, which allows for 14 meals during a seven day period.

Students living in a traditional residence hall don't have their own kitchens where they can safely store and prepare food.  While there is one kitchen in the lower level of traditional residence halls, access to space is limited.  

Numerous studies have documented the relationship between increased meal frequency and higher academic achievement. The UW System Board of Regents requires all students living in a traditional residence hall to have a minimum mandatory meal plan contract. This means we can't cancel your meal plan if you still have a residence hall contract. 

Note: Only students living in South Fork Suites are exempt from the mandatory meal plan contract. 

Cash prices (tax included) valid 6/1/2023 through 5/31/2024:

Breakfast: $8.24
Lunch/Brunch: $10.13
Dinner: $11.13

Dining

170 University Center
410 S. 3rd. St.
River Falls, WI 54022

dining@uwrf.edu

715-425-4403