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Convenient and Budget-Friendly Campus Dining Options for Faculty and Staff

Some delicious changes have come to Campus Dining. From flexible meal plans offering budget-friendly dining options to new restaurants with more convenient and flavorful options, there is so much for those working and studying to savor at Cal Poly.

Community Dining Memberships

Six low-cost Community Dining Memberships offer faculty, staff and students easy access to healthy and delicious food on campus. Community Dining Memberships can be used at all 34 on-campus restaurants, markets and food trucks, and most plans offer bonus dining dollars. For example, the Poly 250 membership costs $250 and includes $25 complimentary dining dollars for a total of $275 to spend at any Campus Dining location.

Plans range from $250 to $2,250 and are tied to the user’s Poly Card and work similarly to a debit card with a dollar-for-dollar declining balance system. Any unused balances automatically roll over from quarter to quarter during the academic year. There is no limit to how often or how many Community Dining Memberships can be purchased.

Avoid the Hubbub with Grubhub

With thousands of hungry college students and meals made fresh to order, some venues get very busy during peak times. But diners can order ahead on Grubhub to skip the long in-person lines.

“Grubhub shows approximate wait times so you can plan ahead if you’re pressed for time before teaching or a meeting,” Campus Dining Director Jess Dozier said. “Being able to order food ahead and pick it up on the go makes Grubhub an ideal option for busy faculty and staff.”

Grubhub takes credit cards, is simple to set-up, and Campus Dining picks up the service fee on campus.

Dining That’s Easy on the Wallet and the Earth

For those looking for a high-value dining option that’s easy on the earth and wallet, there is the new Vista Grande Express. Diners can choose a $6.95 small or $8.95 large reusable container and pick up a wide selection of items sure to satisfy any craving. Menus at Vista Grande Express rotate weekly, so there is always something new to try while keeping single-use to-go containers out of landfills.

The Vista Grande Express reusable container program will spare more than 500,000 single-use containers from the waste stream each year.

“Cal Poly community members have been asking for a reusable container program, and we are excited to abide and offer this new sustainable and cost-conscious dining option,” Executive Chef Chris Dunham said.

The container needs to be reused as little as three times to beat the environmental impact of a single-use container.

Vista Grande Express accepts payment by Poly Card only. Faculty and staff can either purchase a Community Dining Membership or add funds through Campus Express. A $5 deposit is added to all purchases, which is refunded when the reusable container is returned.

Many Ways to Savor Cal Poly

With 34 dining venues and over 800 menu options, there is something for everyone at Campus Dining. To learn more about Community Dining Memberships, check venue hours and view menus, visit For the latest dining updates, subscribe to The Dish, Campus Dining’s weekly email newsletter.