Students at dinner


Rockford University Campus Dining Services

Rockford University, in cooperation with Rockford Dining Services, provides healthy meals for members of the Rockford University community. Join fellow students and members of the faculty and staff in the main cafeteria in the Burpee Center for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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As part of students’ housing agreements with Rockford University, students are required to subscribe to a meal plan. First-year students are automatically assigned the 19-meal plan for the academic year. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may choose the 15- or 10-meal plans. This requirement:

Ensures students have access to a reasonably-priced, high-quality, nutritious meal program.
Helps to ensure that food preparation does not take place in the residence halls, which would present health and safety problems.
Assists students in managing their time by eliminating the need to shop, prepare, and clean-up after meals.
Encourages social interaction among all residents.

Rockford Dining Services provides meals when the University is in session and on a limited basis at other times. All members of the University community are welcome to eat in the cafeteria in Burpee Center. Current meal hours and prices will be posted at the entrance to the cafeteria. Residence hall students are required to participate in a meal plan. A valid student ID card MUST be shown to enter the cafeteria. Commuter students and guests may purchase individual meals using cash, debit cards, or credit cards.

Meal Plans

The 19-meal plan offers breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays when the University is in session.

Upper-class students who opt for the 10- or 15-meal plans may choose their contracted number of meals from any of the meal times offered during the week (i.e., students are limited in number of meals served each week, not particular meals).

Meal cards will not permit access into the cafeteria once the number of meals contracted has been reached that week.

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Looking for a different fare? Use your points or transfer a meal in the Lion’s Den. Menu items are made-to-order for all members of the Rockford University community Monday–Thursday from 8:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Snacks and to-go options make this a popular stop for Rockford University students during their day.

Requests for Meal Plan Changes and Exemptions

Requests for meal plan changes must be submitted no later than seven days after the beginning of each semester. Residents who experience unexpected circumstances after the first week of the semester may petition for an exemption or to have their meal plan altered. Only serious medical conditions and other circumstances which cannot be resolved after consulting with the Director of Rockford Dining Services will be considered as appropriate reasons for meal plan changes or exemptions.

Residential students with schedule conflicts that prevent them from eating in the cafeteria may contact the Food Service Office to arrange for box lunches. Students who are sick may arrange for a sick tray through the Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling, and Disability Services or, if the Lang Center is closed, through the Office of Residence Life or their Resident Assistant.

Special Dietary Needs

If you have medical condition that requires a special diet, you are strongly encouraged to meet with the Food Service Director to review any special needs. Please provide your doctor’s guidelines, in writing, so we can work together to meet your needs.

Rockford Dining Services also caters special events on campus as requested.
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Department Information

Dining Services (Sodexo)
Burpee Center--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-226-3393
Dan Papuga, General Manager