The University of Connecticut’s dining services will be offering students remaining on campus a prepackaged Thanksgiving meal next Wednesday ahead of the holiday, according to director C. Dennis Pierce.
“We realize that with more students who are international or more who are living in, for example, California, they may not have the money to go home for the Thanksgiving week,” Pierce said.
The option to order the meal is open to all university students who hold one of the three meal plans (ultimate, value or custom), according to a flier released by dining services. Pick-up times for the meal will be next Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Buckley dining hall, Pierce said.
The meal will come with microwave and storage instructions and includes turkey roulade with cranberry stuffing and turkey gravy, white and sweet duchess potatoes, honey roasted carrots and brussel sprouts, a buttermilk biscuit, pumpkin pie and UConn water, the flier says.
Students who will be on campus next week during the holiday are encouraged to call dining services main office between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m during normal business hours to reserve their meal. Students must provide their Peoplesoft number and state when they plan on picking up their meal. The limit for the offering is 200 students.
“We can post it, we can put signs up,” Pierce said. “But not a lot of students know about it. So we have it advertising on our TV sets in the dining units so that people will definitely see it there.”
Pierce said despite the work that goes into the preparation of the meals, it usually does not generate a large student response given that the vast majority of students live in Connecticut or neighboring states and are home for the holiday.
“We get about 25-30 [people]. It’s not a big turnout,” Pierce said.
Buckley will be the only dining unit open next week. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., and dinner from 4:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. No regular meals will be served on Thanksgiving Day.
Taylor Harton is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. They can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.