OSU launches new meal plan and limited-time offers

Fall semester brought changes in meal plans and meal offerings to Ohio State dining locations.

Aug. 29—There will be 250 limited-time options the dining locations’ menus this fall, including gourmet hot dog bars, quinoa pancakes, vegetarian calzones and street tacos.

“We have close to 250 limited-time offers that will go out throughout the Fall Semester and some may make it on our regular menu in the spring, and others will never make it back to our menu because students did not like it,” said OSU Dining Services Director Zia Ahmed. “Our limited time offers are a good monotony breaker, because our students are going back to the same operations, so it is always good to offer something different and new.”

In addition to the new offerings, Dining Services has also made changes to their meal plans. Last year, Dining offered 450- and 600-block plans that left many students scrambling to spend their unused blocks and ended up refunding students who had unused blocks $3 per block for Fall Semester, according to The Lantern archives.

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