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Campus Dining Services

Dining Services

10/28/2016 11:55 am

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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, faculty and staff, as all members of the University community are welcome to eat in the Burpee Dining Center or the Den. 

Dining Services provides meals when the University is in session and on a limited basis at other times.  Current meal hours and prices will be posted at the entrance to the cafeteria.    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.

Burpee Dining Center: Hours of Operation

The Burpee Dining Center is located on the second floor of Burpee Student Center.

Burpee Dining Center Hours
Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 9:00 am/11:00 am – 1:30 pm/4:30 pm -7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday:  11:00 am – 1:00 pm/5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Den: Hours of Operation

The Den, located on the first floor of Burpee Student Center, provides another option for eating while on-campus.  Menu items are made-to-order for all members of the Rockford University community.  Snacks and to-go options make this a popular stop for students during the day.

Students with a meal plan may utilize points at any time the Den is open or the meal exchange option during the meal exchange hours.

Den Hours

Monday-Thursday:  7:30 am – 11:00 pm
Friday:  7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday:  11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday:  12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Meal Exchange Hours at The Den
Monday-Thursday:  7:30 am – 10:00 am/1:00 pm – 4:30 pm/7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Friday:  7:30 am – 10:00 am/1:00 pm – 4:30 pm/7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday:  4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday:  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Residence Hall Meal Plans

As part of students’ housing agreements with Rockford University, students are required to subscribe to a meal plan.  This requirement ensures students have access to a reasonably-priced, high-quality, nutritious meal program.  It also helps to ensure that food preparation does not take place in the residence halls, which would present health and safety problems.  The meal plan assists students in managing their time by eliminating the need to shop, prepare, and clean-up after meals, while it also encourages social interaction among all residents.

Meal Plans

Meal Plan A:  19-meal plan (Required of First Year Students in Residence Halls/Option for upper-class students)
This meal plan offers breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays when the University is in session.

Meal Plan B:  15-meal plan
This meal plan, available to upper-class students, allows choice of 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 Plan C:  175 meal- block plan
This meal plan, available to upper-class students, allows choice of 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.

2018-2019 Meal Plan Contract

Meal Plan Exchanges 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.

Department Information

Dining Services (Sodexo)
Burpee Center--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Frank Budig, General Manager


Jennifer Froehlig, Food Operations Manager


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