Dining Services & Meal Plans


Locations & Hours


 Ames Dining Hall

McKendree University's all-you-can-eat dining option features a wide variety of fresh food designed to satisfy everyone's appetite. Selections include: fresh fruit, salads, freshly baked pizza and desserts, made-to-order deli choices, homemade soups, and delicious, hot, home-style entrees. All members of the McKendree community are welcome - cash, credit/debit, University meal swipes, and Flex and Munch Money are accepted.


Hours of Operation

          Monday - Friday     Saturday - Sunday  
  Breakfast 7:00AM - 10:00AM   Brunch 11:00AM - 1:00PM
  Lunch 11:00AM - 1:30PM          Dinner 5:00PM - 6:30PM
  Dinner 4:30PM - 7:00PM      


1828 Cafe

McKendree University's al a carte dining option offers a variety of hot food items along with salads, snacks, fountain & bottled beverages, ice cream, smoothies, and Starbucks, with specials every day. All members of the McKendree community are welcome - cash, credit/debit, University meal swipes, and Flex and Munch Money are accepted.


Hours of Operation

  Monday - Thursday   7:30AM - 10:00PM
  Friday   7:30AM - 6:00PM
        Saturday - Sunday        Closed


Meal Plan Options & Rates

Academic Year 2019-2020

Academic Year 2020-2021




Meal Plan Change Request

Interested in a different meal plan? Students are permitted to change their plan until the posted date for each semester. If you'd like to make a change to your plan, use the Meal Plan Change Request form.


Bogey Bucks

Students who want to add more money to their McK ID can purchase Bogey Bucks on the Dining Services website. When purchasing Bogey Bucks, students receive a 5-10% bonus on their purchase! Bogey Bucks also do not require students to pay tax on their purchases in Ames or 1828 Cafe. Anyone can purchase Bogey Bucks - whether you're on a meal plan or not. Students on a meal plan will have their Flex Dollars used first, then any Bogey Bucks they have purchased. Bogey Bucks can roll over to the next semester, though not the next academic year.


1828 Meal Exchange

Meal exchange is new this year at McKendree.  It only applies to those on a 15 meal plan and 19 meal plan.  Meal exchange effectively extends lunch to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and dinner until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 1828 Cafe.  If a student misses lunch or dinner on these days and is on the 15 meal plan or 19 meal plan, they can go to 1828 Cafe during the extended hours and use a "meal swipe" to order off the meal exchange menu.  Meal exchange begins after Ames closes, so lunch is 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. and dinner is 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 

Sack Lunch To-Go 

Another option for students on any meal plan who find it difficult to get to Ames is the sack lunch.  They must go to 1828 Cafe at least a day in advance and fill out a sack lunch form.  They can request what time to pick it up during regular 1828 Cafe hours and use a "meal swipe."  They can set up reoccurring sack lunches throughout the semester if they always have a conflict on Wednesday for example.  


Lebanon Food Pantry

The Lebanon Food Pantry is located at 108 East Dee St. and can provide students with additional food and/or toiletries on a once per month basis, free of charge. Students are required to bring their McKendree student ID and a piece of mail showing their on-campus address to be approved to use the pantry. The Pantry can be contacted at 618-808-0600.

The Lebanon Food Pantry is open:

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1:00 - 3:00PM

Saturdays at 9:00-11:00am


Food Allergies & Dietary Restrictions

Dining Services will meet one-on-one with any student who has individual dining needs to ensure that their dining experience is safe, delicious, and social. If you have a food allergy or specific dietary restriction, such as needing gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan options, please call their office or send them a message using their feedback form. Additional information regarding deitary accommodations can be found here.


Dining Services Contact Information


Main Office: Ames Dining Hall

Phone: (618) 537-6985

Contact: Chandler Morley, Director of Dining Services

Email: ctmorley@mckendree.edu