What to Expect for Spring 2021

Last updated january 14, 2021

Our Commitment

NC State Dining is a recognized leader in college and university dining, and our service response to COVID-19 reflects that leadership. No matter the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic when you return to campus, we remain committed to the following:

  1. Keeping the health and wellness of our campus patrons and employees as our first priority.
  2. Providing the most convenient, satisfying and nutritionally sound dining program possible while adhering to required and recommended guidance for foodservice sanitation, health, and safety.

Changes for Spring 2021

We have consolidated our dining operations to Fountain Dining Hall, Talley Student Union (Main Campus), On the Oval (Centennial Campus) and PCJ-Terry Center (College of Vet Med).  Fountain Dining Hall and One Earth in Talley Student Union will be operating as dining halls. For our retail locations, all meal plan holders will need to order via the GrubHub App. More details are provided below.

Weekday, Flex, Flex Plus

Our Core plans – The Weekday, Flex, and Flex Plus plans* — are designed primarily for students who desire to have the majority of their meals covered by a convenient, affordable campus dining plan. Dining hall swipes can be used at Fountain and One Earth, meal credits can be used in restaurants and cafes, and dining dollars can be used anywhere.

*The Dining Hall Plan was replaced with the Weekday Plan for Spring 2021

Block 170, Commuter/Apartment, Commuter/Apartment Plus

These plans offer less coverage but still afford students an opportunity to conveniently eat on campus.

Meal plans begin January 15 and end May 14, 2021 Students can make changes to their plan until February 1 through the portal.

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Dining Halls

This spring Fountain Dining Hall will be open, and One Earth at Talley Student Union will serve as a temporary dining hall. Both locations will accept dining hall swipes.

Other Dining Locations

This spring all our dining operations in Talley Student Union will be open, including Jason’s Deli, Los Lobos, Tuffy’s Diner, 1887 Bistro, and a new location Sushi with Gusto. For customers on Centennial Campus, our On the Oval Food Hall will have all operations open, including Gravity Cafe, Cold Fusion Sandwiches and Salads, Fahrenheit Pizza and Home Style, Flashpoint Global, and Newton’s Grill.


Talley Market, located on the main level of Talley Student Union near the Pavilions Food Court, features Howling Cow ice cream, Milkshakes and Soft serve Ice cream, Yates Mill Bakery items, beverages, snacks and a variety of grab-and-go convenience items including, sandwiches, wraps, salads and sides.


Two Port City Java locations (at Talley Student Union and Terry Center on the Biomedical Campus) will be serving a menu of signature coffee beverages, pure-fruit smoothies, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, wraps, pastries, muffins, and bagels. Starbucks will be open at the Talley Student Union, and Common Grounds Cafe, located on the main level of Hunt Library, will offer a lineup of hot and cold Peet’s coffee beverages, muffins and bakery bars. Common Grounds also features a selection of Howling Cow scoops and shakes.

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Should a student be assigned to quarantine/isolation housing, NC State Dining will provide a “Get Well Kit” upon arrival, and subsequent meal service including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack replenishments. Meals are delivered once per day and will include enough food for lunch, dinner, and breakfast for the next day. NC State Dining’s nutrition team will do their best to accommodate any dietary restrictions.

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Our award-winning nutrition team is here to make sure you have a fresh and healthy experience when you eat with the Pack. Throughout our operations, we place a special emphasis on fresh foods and wellness to help you pursue a healthier lifestyle that can be embraced long after your time at NC State.

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NC State Dining remains committed to the health and wellness of our campus patrons and employees, as well as providing the most convenient, satisfying and nutritionally sound dining program possible while adhering to required and recommended guidance for foodservice sanitation, health, and safety.
Learn More About Dining Safely on Campus >>

Due to COVID-19, ordering at the majority of our restaurants and cafes will be handled through the Grubhub App. Campus diners should download the Grubhub app and familiarize themselves with the menus of venues where they wish to dine to expedite the process.
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