By: Katy Beth Boyers
On Tuesday Sept. 8, Samford Dining updated students on some changes coming to the Caf and other dining areas on campus. These changes include more options in Pete Hanna Center and students no longer having to make a reservation to sit in the Caf dining room.
In an email to the Samford community, Wade Walker, the director of Business Services, announced that students will be able to enter and exit the Caf from both doorways, students are not required to book a reservation to eat in the Caf dining room and more food options will be available in the Pete Hanna Center.
In response to the new options being available at Pete Hanna, Samford Dining General Manager Richard Davis said that there will be two protein options, a starch, two vegetables and a dessert option available in Pete Hanna. Davis said that one of the protein options will always be grilled chicken breast.
Another thing Samford Dining has been working on is making sure that students who are having to isolate themselves in their rooms or in the isolation residence halls on campus are also receiving meals from the Caf. However, Davis said that they plan to deliver a week’s worth of food and beverage to students who are in quarantine starting Sept. 11.
“At the end of their first week of quarantine, they will receive a second box with a different variety of food and beverage,” Davis said. “The box will contain some pre-made items, as well as groceries to make fresh sandwiches and salads.”
Students will still be available to take their meals from the Caf to-go, but dining plates will also be available if they wish to eat in the dining room. Davis said he is looking forward to their partnership with Common Market beginning again, which will make farm-to-table options available in the Caf.
“This is a group of local farms who provide us with fresh, local, organic fruits and vegetables,” Davis said. “Zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, eggplant, bi-color corn, and tomatoes from Common Market were all on the menu this week.”
Walker said that Samford Dining will continue to evaluate needs for food during these times of uncertainty, and that student feedback is greatly appreciated.
“There’s no blueprint for what we are doing so more changes could be possible in the future,” Walker said.