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College students to obtain each day $50 Meal Cash credit score from Aug. 24 to 29 following eating service shortages – The Vanderbilt Hustler

The $ 50 Summer / Vacation Plan credit will expire at the end of each day. Students also receive a one-time credit of $ 15 in their meal money fund that does not expire.

During lunch at the E. Bronson Ingram Dining Hall, the students stood in a row toward Kirkland Hall. Image taken on Aug. 21, 2020. (Courtesy photo by Jason Hwong).

To compensate for the dinner shortage, Campus Dining announced on August 23 that students would receive a $ 50 daily credit from August 24-29, which expires at the end of each day. In addition, they will receive a one-time rollover credit for meal money of $ 15. Dining room dispensers will continue to be available and meal credit can be redeemed at any Taste of Nashville partner restaurant or Grubhub location.

“We’ve heard your feedback and are aware of the unacceptably long lines and product shortages,” said Campus Dining opinion read. “We assume that these expanded options will reduce the workload for both the cafeteria staff and the students, and will enable our operations to build up stocks again for next week.”

Second year Anjali Raman, who tried to use the $ 50 balance today, has been charged through her Meal Money fund, which currently only has the $ 15 balance available, rather than the summer / vacation plan which is currently not visible in the GET app. Campus Dining did not immediately respond to The Hustler’s request for comment on the matter.

Regarding future improvements, Campus Dining said in its statement that it is working to fix supply chain disruptions such as late or incomplete deliveries and other backup issues. In addition, a “Commissary Kitchen” has been built on campus to reduce waiting times for Rand Grab & Go Market orders. Dining rooms will also offer additional food lines to increase service efficiency. Campus Dining did not immediately respond to The Hustler’s request to comment on these changes.

On August 23, E. Bronson Ingram’s (EBI) dining room and Kissam kitchen experienced a food shortage during dinner. Second year Jason Hwong said EBI ended dinner service around 7:00 p.m. CDT, 30 minutes before regular closing. Kissam closed at approximately 7:20 p.m. CDT, 1 hour and 10 minutes before regular closure.

On August 21, Campus Dining closed all dining rooms for dinner service, so students had to purchase dinner off campus with either meal money or personal funds. According to Campus Dining’s website, the student meal plans were activated that day.

Hwong expressed frustration with the decision, citing that early moving students – including RAs, VUceptors, orientation leaders, and new international and transfer students – have relied on dining room access since arriving on campus.

In an email to Campus Dining, Vice Chancellor David ter Kuile and Vice Chancellor of Administration Eric Kopstain, Hwong outlined his concerns about the restaurant operations and copied ten students who were also unable to eat with food punches that evening, and asked to be included in the recording The conversation.

“Those who from the [Aug. 21], regardless of when they moved in, should not be forced to spend meal money or out-of-pocket meals that should be provided by the school, “Hwong said in the email. “We are paying to be able to use these food expenditures, and it is totally unacceptable that no dining rooms are open at a time when the meal plan is in effect.”

In the future, Hwong emphasized the need for a “productive” dialog between students and campus dining.

“I would also like to make it clear that while monetary compensation is an important and necessary step to remedy the previous deficits of Campus Dining, it is more important to implement meaningful changes in the gastronomic offerings that address the problems we have experienced, actually fix it. ”“ Hwong said.

This article will be updated with responses from Campus Dining.