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Plans for On-Campus Dining Throughout Thanksgiving Break Announced

By Maryland Today Staff

Dining Services said today that it will open a dining hall for the duration of Thanksgiving break, as well as serve a traditional holiday meal, to safely accommodate the estimated 1,200 students who will be staying on campus.

The Diner in the Ellicott Community will welcome students on dining plans and with Dining Dollars as it offers a limited menu each day, Tuesday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 28:

  • Tuesday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-7 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Day: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Thanksgiving menu only)

Meals will be carryout only, and will remain that way when regular hours resume on Sunday, Nov. 29 for the rest of the semester, as classes will remain online amid national, state and county spikes in COVID-10 cases.

On the holiday, Dining Services will provide a Thanksgiving menu of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more, which students may want to enjoy while Zooming with their families. No preorders are needed, and students can pick up a pre-filled box or ask the staff to fill one.

"Our team has stepped up to work during this traditional family time so that our students have access to delicious, nutritious and safe food during the holiday break. We are so pleased to be able to open a dining hall and a convenience shop for students who remain on campus this year." said Dining Services Director Colleen Wright-Riva.

The South Commons Shop will also be open limited hours during the holiday break. Students can buy food using a resident dining meal swipe, Dining Dollars, Terrapin Express or credit cards.

  • Tuesday: 7:45 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Day: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m.

Regular hours will resume Monday, Nov. 30.

For students experiencing food insecurity and in need of emergency access to food, the Campus Food Pantry in the South Campus Dining Hall will be open its normal hours of noon-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. It will be closed on Friday, Nov. 27.

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