Over the summer, USD switched food companies from Aramark to Sodexo. The change comes after the contract between USD and Aramark expired in Spring 2022.
Sodexo served student athletes and people attending major events on campus throughout the summer and started serving the entire campus Aug. 22.
Sophomore Morgan Montgomery, cellular and molecular biology major, said the food has more seasoning this year and gives him more options.
“There was a lot more variety in what they served, and it was a more diverse selection,” Montgomery said.
As the year progresses, Sodexo has asked students to give feedback on the food, service and restaurants. With this feedback, students have said the price of the new WOW Café is too high. Students also have concerns that their meal plans may not last through the semester with such high prices.
On top of pricing concerns, students are frustrated with the way service has been in the cafeteria. Many concerns come from the portion sizes students are allowed. Students cannot ask for double servings of any food and must get back in line if they wish to eat more.
“I don’t enjoy how varied the portion sizes can be when I compare it to other people’s,” Montgomery said.
Even with all the concerns students have, Sodexo has continued to make strides towards pleasing the campus community. Sodexo prides themselves on being more environmentally friendly by offering reusable to-go boxes for $7 and not using any products that can’t be recycled or composted.
Their efforts have been seen by students across campus as there are no longer any saran wrapped desserts or meals in the cafeteria.
“I enjoy the desserts. There are more options than just prewrapped cookies; there are actual desserts,” Montgomery said.
The C-store in the Muenster University Center and Beede Bump have both opened as of August 30. The C-store in Coyote Village is set to open on Aug. 31.