Meals To-Go

Our reusable Eco-Box containers are: sustainable, convenient, cost effective, eco-friendly, 100% BPA-free polypropylene, commercial dishwasher safe, and microwave safe for reheating.

When Eating at a Dining Hall there are two options

  1. Meal-to-Go: This means you will be filling up the appropriate containers that you receive from the cashier and leaving the Dining Hall. You may not use your own containers that you bring in.
  2. Eating in the Dining Hall: This means you are eating all you care to eat and drink with only the plates and cups provided throughout the Dining Hall. You will not be able to use any to-go containers.


Fall 2022 Update: Porter/Kresge Dining Hall is not issuing or accepting Eco-boxes due to a broken dishwasher. Please return Eco-boxes to Cowell/Stevenson, Crown/Merrill, or College 9/Lewis Dining Halls. Meals-to-go at Porter/Kresge are available in compostable containers.

Free Eco-Club Membership for Residence Hall Meal Plan holders

Students with Residence Hall Meal Plans (Banana Slug, Gold, or Blue) are automatically part of the Eco-Club. With an Eco-Club Membership, you can borrow a sustainable, reusable Eco-Box to take a meal to go. In 2022-23, we’re waiving the usual $10 annual membership fee. As long as you return the Eco-Box, you won’t be charged for participating in the program. Lost Eco-Boxes incur a $10 replacement fee charged to your student account. Due to the way box credits are tracked, a Residence Hall Meal Plan is required in order to participate in the Eco-Club.

How to use your Eco-Club Membership:

  • Ask the dining hall cashier to lend you an Eco-Box for a meal to-go. (limitations may apply, see below)
  • After you eat, wipe the Eco-Box clean using a napkin. Food scraps and napkins can be discarded into a compost bin. We’ll deep clean the Eco-Box after you return it.
  • The next time you visit a dining hall, return the Eco-Box to the cashier. You can return the container to the dining hall that issued it, or another dining hall.
  • If you’re ready to eat again, the cashier will let you borrow a new, clean Eco-Box.
  • If you simply want to return the Eco-Box without taking another meal to-go, the cashier will credit your ID so you’ll be all set the next time you want to borrow an Eco-Box.
  • Lost or unreturned Eco-Boxes incur a $10 replacement fee.

Meal To-Go Limitations

Residence Hall Meal Plan holders are able to take 1 Meal To-Go per meal period. There are four daily meal periods: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. 


Compostable Serviceware

We offer compostable containers and utensils for a meal to-go. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we’re waiving the usual 50 cent fee for compostable to-go ware. These non-reusable containers are intended for one time use.

For food safety reasons, we cannot allow our customers to use their own containers to take a meal to-go. Only the provided compostable serviceware or a freshly-issued Eco-Box may be used.

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