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Changes to Eagle Dining Announced for Fall Semester

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 08:59am | By: Margaret Ann Macloud

Adjustments have been made to dining services at The University of Southern Mississippi in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that include cashless/touchless payments wherever possible, socially distant seating, and changes to how food is prepared at all USM dining venues. Each of these will support university, local, state, and federal guidelines.

Where applicable, self-service and buffet style dining will be replaced by food served by dining personnel. All Eagle Dining employees will undergo health and temperature screenings prior to their shifts, will be required to wear face coverings and gloves, and wash hands at least every 20 minutes. In addition, cleaning and sanitation of all production and dining areas will be conducted frequently. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, hand sanitation stations will be provided for guests throughout all food service locations.

To assist guests in maintaining proper social distance, seating capacity will be adjusted to ensure at least six feet between tables, and that there are no more than six chairs per table. In addition, signage will be placed throughout all dining locations to help with the flow of traffic. Due to a decrease of available tables at most locations, Eagle Dining is placing an increased focus on mobile food ordering through GrubHub. In addition, there will be an increased availability of prepackaged and grab-and-go options at the Fresh Food Company to help combat reduced seating. It is recommended that students and other guests download the GrubHub App and set up their accounts even before the semester begins so they are able to benefit from that service right away.

In order to provide the safest possible transaction experience, dining locations on campus have implemented a “no cash” operation. Accepted methods of payment will include Visa, MasterCard, Amex, via swipe or chip, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung and, of course, student ID loaded with a meal plan or declining balance dollars. All credit card machines will be guest facing and will not require a PIN.

For students who need to isolate in temporary housing on-campus, Eagle Dining will ensure that nutritious meals are prepared and delivered to the appropriate residence hall for distribution by designated personnel.

Additional information regarding meal plans or dining services can be found at www.eagledining.com, and the university’s “Flight Path: Fall 2020” return to campus plan can be found at www.usm.edu/flightpath.