Carthage Dining, powered by Parkhurst, will be all new for the 2022-23 academic year! Enjoy fresh, healthy, and hand-crafted (from scratch!) offerings created by passionate chefs.

Your meal plan and dining options are important parts of your college experience. Carthage offers several meal plan options for residential and commuter students. Our goal is to match each and every student with the perfect meal plan that meets and exceeds your expectations. Carthage’s new meal plans give you control and flexibility, along with the best value for your dollar.

 

GET TO KNOW Carthage Dining

Carthage Dining will be transformed for the 2022-23 academic year! Carthage has partnered with Parkhurst Dining to bring an all-new dining experience to Carthage. Primarily serving private colleges and universities, Parkhurst emphasizes fresh, healthy, and creative meals hand-crafted by expertly trained chefs. In a new partnership that begins June 1, 2022, the company will manage The Caf and all other campus food and drink stations, as well as catering for campus events.

Parkhurst Points of Pride
  • Create-your-own bowls and panini sandwich options
  • Hydration station with fruit- and herb-infused water
  • Hand-tossed pizza dough freshly made from scratch
  • Fresh soups simmered with stock made from fresh ingredients
  • Chicken and fish hand-breaded by Carthage Dining chefs
  • Fresh, cage-free shell eggs
  • Entree meats roasted in Carthage Dining kitchens
  • Sauces made from scratch in-house
  • Desserts baked in-house
  • USDA-inspected, all natural, fresh, never frozen ground beef
  • Healthy and plentiful options for students with food allergies or other special dietary needs
  • Global flavors
  • Locally sourced, freshly prepared ingredients

All Carthage meal plans include Meal Swipes, Meal Equivalencies, and Birdie Bucks (Go, Firebirds!). Here’s what those terms mean:

MEAL SWIPES

Meal Swipes are included in all meal plans. Each Meal Swipe is good for a single entry into the cafeteria for all-you-care-to-eat dining, or on specific mix-and-match options at other campus dining outlets. Meal Swipes can be used at:

  • The Caf (all-you-care-to-eat)
  • Campbell Student Union restaurants (meal equivalency option)
  • RedZone convenience store (meal equivalency option)
  • Lentz Do Lunch (meal equivalency option)

Meal Swipes are loaded onto your card weekly. Unused Meal Swipes roll over to subsequent weeks and do not expire until the end of the semester.

MEAL EQUIVALENCY

Meal Equivalency options are specific menu items at non-cafeteria food outlets that are equivalent to a Meal Swipe in the cafeteria. You’ll find Meal Equivalency options at the Campbell Student Union restaurants, RedZone, and Lentz Do Lunch. Mix and match items to the dollar amount associated with a breakfast, lunch, or dinner Meal Swipe.

BIRDIE BUCKS

Birdie Bucks can be used at any campus dining location:

  • The Caf (though it’s best to use Meal Swipes here)
  • Campbell Student Union restaurants
  • RedZone convenience store
  • Lentz Do Lunch
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Starbucks

One Birdie Buck equals $1. Birdie Bucks are loaded onto your card by semester. Unused Birdie Bucks will roll over from Fall to Spring semester but expire at the end of the academic year.

Carthage Cash

Carthage Cash can be purchased and added to your card in any denomination a la carte. Carthage Cash can be used at any dining venue and can also be used for other purchases across campus including in the bookstore.


Meal Plan Offerings

For all plans:

Residential meal plans are purchased for an entire academic year and based on a 15-week semester.
Unused Meal Swipes roll over to subsequent weeks within a semester.
Meal Swipes expire at the end of each semester.
Birdie Bucks expire at the end of the academic year.
Guest Passes expire at the end of each semester.

STANDARD PLAN

Included in Room and Board fee

  WHAT YOU GET   Per Semester   Total Per Year
  Meal Swipes   210 (14 per week)   420 (14 per week)
  Birdie Bucks   $285 in Birdie Bucks   $570 in Birdie Bucks
  Guest Passes   4   8

  Parent Passes

  

  2 (can be used in fall or spring)

Premium Unlimited Plan

Additional $400 per semester ($800 per year)

  WHAT YOU GET   Per Semester   Total Per Year
  Meal Swipes   Unlimited*   Unlimited*
  Birdie Bucks   $150 in Birdie Bucks   $300 in Birdie Bucks
  Guest Passes   4   8

  Parent Passes

  

  2 (can be used in fall or spring)

  Meal Equivalencies*

  105

  210

* Students on the Premium Unlimited Plan have unlimited Meal Swipes in the cafeteria, and can use one Meal Swipe per day on a Meal Equivalency option at Lentz Do Lunch, Campbell Student Union restaurants, or the RedZone.

For all plans:

Residential meal plans are purchased for an entire academic year and based on a 15-week semester.
Unused Meal Swipes roll over to subsequent weeks within a semester.
Meal Swipes expire at the end of each semester.
Birdie Bucks expire at the end of the academic year.
Guest Passes expire at the end of each semester.

STANDARD PLAN 

Included in Room and Board fee

  WHAT YOU GET   Per Semester   Total Per Year
  Meal Swipes   210 (14 per week)   420 (14 per week)
  Birdie Bucks   $285 in Birdie Bucks   $570 in Birdie Bucks
  Guest Passes   4   8

Standard Flex Option 1

Included in Room and Board fee

  WHAT YOU GET   Per Semester   Total Per Year
  Meal Swipes   150 (10 per week)   300 (10 per week)
  Birdie Bucks   $585 in Birdie Bucks   $1,170 in Birdie Bucks
  Guest Passes   4   8

Standard Flex Option 2

Included in Room and Board fee

  WHAT YOU GET   Per Semester   Total Per Year
  Meal Swipes   105 (7 per week)   210 (7 per week)
  Birdie Bucks   $750 in Birdie Bucks   $1,500 in Birdie Bucks
  Guest Passes   4   8

Premium Unlimited Plan

Additional $400 per semester ($800 per year)

  WHAT YOU GET   Per Semester   Total Per Year
  Meal Swipes   Unlimited*   Unlimited*
  Birdie Bucks   $150 in Birdie Bucks   $300 in Birdie Bucks
  Guest Passes   4   8

  Meal Equivalencies*

  105

  210

* Students on the Premium Unlimited Plan have unlimited Meal Swipes in the Caf, and can use one Meal Swipe per day on a Meal Equivalency option at Lentz Do Lunch, Campbell Student Union restaurants, or the RedZone.

  Commuter Plan A   25 Meal Swipes for $212.50
  Commuter Plan B   50 Meal Swipes for $375

Commuter Meal Plans can be purchased as needed in blocks of 25 or 50 throughout the academic year. Commuter Plan Meal Swipes can be used anywhere Meal Swipes are accepted (see glossary above for more information). Commuter Plan Meal Swipes expire at the end of the academic year.

Carthage’s J-Term is held every January, between the fall and spring semesters. Carthage will provide all residential students who are enrolled in an on-campus J-Term course with a J-Term Meal Plan that includes 2 Meal Swipes per day. Students may also use any remaining Birdie Bucks from the fall semester during J-Term.

Need to grab a meal to go? No problem! Every meal plan comes with a “Green Box” virtual token good for a to-go container you can fill with your selections. Check out a “Green Box” from the Caf. Then just return the container to refresh your token and use again.


Monitor your meal plan

You’ll be able to monitor your meal plan balances through the GET app.
More information about how to use the GET app with your new meal plan will be coming soon. 


Hours of Operation

The Caf is Carthage’s main dining hall, located in the Todd Wehr Center and offering an array of all-you-care-to-eat options.

Monday-Friday — 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Breakfast — 7-10 a.m., Continental Breakfast 7-11 a.m.
Lunch — 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Lite Lunch 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Dinner — 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday — 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Brunch — 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lite Lunch — 2-4 p.m.
Dinner — 4-7 p.m.

Lentz Do Lunch is located in Lentz Hall. Enjoy grab-and-go options including salads, sandwiches, soups, and sides. 

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and during the summer

Starbucks is located at the north end of campus in the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business.

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and during the summer

Einstein Bros. Bagels is located in Donna’s Bytes in Hedberg Library. Enjoy bagels with cream cheese, sandwiches, salads, juice, coffee, and more!

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Campbell Student Union is home to three restaurants and the RedZone grab-and-go convenience store.  We’ll be announcing our three new Stu restaurants soon!

Restaurant Hours

Hours will vary by restaurant, but food will be available in at least one location at the following times:
Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Summer: Closed

Red Zone Convenience Store

Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-midnight (serving late-night Meal Equivalency options)
Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Summer Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Closed Memorial Day and Independence Day

Monday-Friday: TBD

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