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.


Normal 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   8:00AM - 8:30PM
  Friday   8:00AM - 3:00PM
        Saturday - Sunday        Closed


Meal Plan Options & Rates

Meal Plan Type

19 Meals per week and $50 in Flex per semester - $3,060 per semester

15 Meals per week and $75 in Flex per semester - $2,805 per semester

10 Meals per week and $100 in Flex per semester - $2,448 per semester

25 Meals per semester - $215 per semester - Commuters and Apartment Residents Only



Meals for the 10 Plan may be used in Ames Dining Hall.

Meals for the 15 Plan or 19 Plan may be used in either Ames Dining Hall or 1828 Café during the Meal Exchange lunch or dinner.

Flex may be used at either Ames Dining Hall or 1828 Café at any time.

The dining week starts on Saturdays for Brunch, and ends on Friday at Dinner.  There are a total of 19 meals per week that are available.


Meal Plan Requirement

Students living in Baker, Barnett, Walton, The Suites, Residence Hall East, or Residence Hall West are required to have a 10, 15, or 19 meal plan. 
Students living in Hunter Street or McKendree West are permitted, but not required, to have a meal plan.


Additional Options

Commuter Students can opt-in to any of the aforementioned plans or purchase a Bogey Bucks Only plan. These can be purchased at Ames Dining Hall, 1828 Café, or the Dining Services website. Residential students can add additional Bogey Bucks to their account in a similar manner.



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 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 from the fall semester to the spring semester, though not the next academic year.


1828 Meal Exchange

Meal exchange only applies to those on a 15 meal plan and 19 meal plan.  Meal exchange effectively extends:

Breakfast Meal Exchange - 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Lunch Meal Exchange- 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dinner Meal Exchange - 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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.   


Lebanon Food Pantry

The Lebanon Food Pantry is located at the Chapel 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 618-537-6368.

The Lebanon Food Pantry is open:

Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Outside of normal hours, students can call Public Safety (618-537-6911) to gain access.


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 dietary accommodations can be found here.


Dining Services Contact Information

Contact: Chandler Morley, Director of Dining Services

Main Office: Ames Dining Hall

Phone: (618) 537-6985