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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the meal plan options for dining?

  • 19 Meal Plan with 19 meals per week, $30 Patriot Dollars, $20 Valley Forge Community Dollars (VFCD)
  • 140 Block Plan with 140 meals per semester, $70 Patriot Dollars, $30 VFCD
  • 190 Block Plan with 190 meals per semester, $50 Patriot Dollars, $20 VFCD
  • Patriot Only Plan with $900 Patriot Dollars, $50 VFCD - Required for students in the apartments
**Freshman students are required to select the 19 Meal Plan
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Do students have to have a meal plan? How can I purchase or change my meal plan?

All students are required to be on a meal plan and first year students are required to use the 19 meal plan. Meal plans may be purchased through Campus Directors Wendy Beery at (610) 917 - 1432 or Anthony Ross at (610)917 - 1418.

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What are the hours of operation?

The Dining Commons

Monday - Friday*

 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.Lunch
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Dinner
Saturday - Sunday*
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Brunch
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Dinner


Jazzman's Brew & Bakery** 

5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.Friday
CLOSED Saturday  
Meal Credit
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. // 6:30 p.m . - 8:00 p.m.Monday - Thursday
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. // 6:30 p.m . - 7:00 p.m.Friday
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Sunday

*Hours of Operation subject to change                 

**Closes Daily 9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. for Chapel services

What are Patriot Dollars?

Patriot Dollars are used as a declining balance account. Patriot Dollars are additional funds that come with your meal plan and can be used at any of the on campus dining locations.

What are Valley Forge Community Dollars (VFCD)?

The Valley Forge Community Dollars Program (VFCD) is a cooperative platform created to be the ultimate compliment to your college dining experience. VFCD are declining balance funds included with your meal plan and expire at the end of each semester. These funds may be used on campus in The Dining Commons and Jazzman’s Café & Bakery, as well as at our participating off campus merchants located in Phoenixville.

CVS / Pharmacy
130 Sckuylkill Rd
(610) 933-7487
Primo Hoagies
700 Nutt Rd #712
(610) 933-5777
512 Kimberton Rd
(610) 935-7450

If I need more Patriot Dollars or Valley Forge Community Dollars (VFCD), how can I add on to my ID card?

You may add funds through the Student Accounts office located in the Administrative Building by stopping by or calling (610) 917-1419. You may also add funds at the register in any of our on campus Dining Locations, in the Dining Services office located in The Dining Commons, or you may do so online through the campus card center site

What if I have special dietary needs or if I am on a medically restricted diet?

Our campus dining team can help you with that. Simply contact the Dining Services office at (610) 917-2079. We also post our weekly menus on The Dining Commons page and have nutritional / allergy information available. more details.

Can I bring guests to the Dining Hall?

Dining Services encourages you to invite guests to dine with you on campus. You may pay for your guest(s) using your Patriot or Valley Forge Community Dollars, one of your meals, cash, or credit card.

Does dining services serve the same food daily?

No, a food management system is used to plan our daily offerings in The Dining Commons to ensure we offer menu variety. We also offer specials to coincide with the seasons and holidays. In addition to the Dining Commons, Jazzman’s Brew & Bakery offers an a la carte menu with a variety of menu offerings and seasonal specials.

Does Dining Services hire student employees? If so, what jobs are available and how do I apply?

Dining Services has several employment opportunities for students; whether it’s cooking, baking, restocking, washing dishes, cashiering or working in the office, we are happy to hire University of Valley Forge students. Contact General Manager, Ralph Cheiffo, atralph.cheiffo@sodexo.comor stop by the Dining Commons to speak with one of our managers.

If I have suggestions for Dining Services, how can I submit them?

If you have suggestions, comments or concerns, we welcome all feedback. You may fill out a comment card in the Dining Commons, visit the Dining Services office and speak to a manager, or visit our website at

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Who do I contact if I have a problem or concern with my meal?

Please contact our Executive Chef or one of our managers immediately.


Additional Questions?

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