Carnegie Mellon University

Dining Resources

As a graduate student, you are not required to get a dining plan, but you can if you wish. In particular, DineXtra offers a 1% discount per $100 deposit, up to 10%, which can be a way to get a discount for purchasing food on campus. FLEX dollars can also be used to purchase food at off-campus locations without incurring sales tax. More information about dining plan options can be found on the dining website.
See the list HERE of CMU dining locations and hours, as well as the student-run CMU Eats website. You can get access to the menus of each location through these websites.
The Student Academic Success Center has compiled resources and guides for healthy eating. You can also schedule an appointment with the UHS nutritionist for more guidance. Schedule your appointment using HealthConnect HERE.

CMU does not currently offer any programs to assist in regularly paying for food, but students in need can use the CMU Pantry in the Residence on Fifth dormitory.
There are many online coupon services and discount cards at local grocery chains. You can also investigate SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) to see if you qualify for these government-funded assistance programs.
If you find yourself in an emergency financial situation, consider
an Emergency Loan: interest free, small loans sponsored by CMU.

If you know where you want to eat on campus, you can look up their menu HERE and see what is available. Additionally, you can make an appointment with the UHS Dietitian to get more customized support for food allergies and intolerances on campus.
You should talk to the event organizer and see if they can purchase an alternate meal that you can eat without getting sick. If issues continue, please submit a report to the Campus Climate and Bias Reporting Protocol. Additionally, do feel free to share your story with the GSA so we can better advocate for such issues.