Guide to Dining

Welcome to Fontbonne University Dining

It is important to us to provide you with appetizing meals that meet your nutritional needs. Two food venues are available: Ryan Hall Cafeteria and the Griffin Grill in the Dunham Student Activity Center.

Learn more about our meal plans and how they work.

Each year you will experience exciting changes, fresh menus, and new enhancements to your dining program. These changes are a result of the feedback and input of many students and staff members.


Dining Hall Meal Plan Info and Policies



Resident Meal Plans

Resident students living in Medaille and St. Joseph Halls are required to have a meal plan. Residents can choose from 3 Traditional Plans (19, 14 or 10 meals per week). If you do not specify a meal plan, the 14 meal plan is automatically assigned to Medaille and St. Joseph residents only. Students may only change a selected meal plan program during the first week of the fall or spring term.   All change requests must be submitted in writing by the student. No changes request are accepted by phone.

Traditional Meal Plans

19 Meals and 25 Flex points 


14 Meal and 50 Flex points


10 Meal and 75 Flex points


7 Meal Plan and 100 Flex points

Only plan holder can use meals each week. Meals are non-transferable. Flex points expire at the end of each semester. 


Commuter Meal Plan 

Coming Spring 2022

Griffin Bucks

Commuters, Faculty & Staff, and even Residents can participate!

Griffin Bucks is a declining balance program (like a debit card) using your university ID to purchase food. Set up your account in the Business Office by depositing a minimum of $25.00 into your account. Each deposit made to your account will receive an additional 10% bonus. Your Griffin Bucks balance will carry over from the fall semester to the spring semester but not from spring to the following fall. Griffin Bucks accounts are closed on the last Friday before the spring semester ends. Balances are not refundable, use it or lose.

Present your ID at the time of purchase and tell them you are using Griffin Bucks. Balances cannot be transferred to a different account.

All residents can use this in addition to their meal plan but it does not replace the meal plan. Southwest and Cotta residents can use this since the residents are not required to have a meal plan.

Here’s how residents can use Griffin Bucks:

  • To purchase an additional food selection when eating from the exchange menu located in the Griffin Grill.
  • To purchase popcorn and or soda during a sporting/recreational event held in the gym.
  • To purchase meals at the Griffin Grill or in the Ryan Dining room for a guest.
  • To purchase an individual meal if the student has used his or her weekly meal allocation.

To check your account balance, Food service or the Business office can assist you. To add money to your account, you or resident parents can contact the Business office at 314-889-1405 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


Food Fundamentals

 Salad, ice cream, deli, hot foods, pizza… At Aladdin we guarantee your appetite will discover more delicious options than you could ever attempt to satisfy. That’s because we believe the best way to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle is by providing you with a wide array of fresh meats, vegetables, fruits, breads, and dairy products to choose from. After all, that’s what a well-balanced diet is all about!

Special Dietary Needs

If you have special dietary instructions from your doctor, please let us know! We will be happy to create a special diet that meets your doctor’s requirements.

Registered Dietician

We have a wealth of resources available to our guests, including the expert guidance of a registered dietitian. Arrangements can be made for individual consultations concerning any dietary need, such as sports nutrition, weight control, food allergies, or medically prescribed diets.

Lost Card Policy

You are responsible for reporting a lost or stolen Fontbonne ID card with Griffin Bucks dollars to Student Affairs, 889-1411. Fontbonne University assumes no financial liability for a lost or stolen card.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I take food and drink out of the dining room?


Removal of food, beverages, utensils, tumblers, and china are not permitted out of the dining room without the permission of the Dining Services Director. You are welcome to eat and drink as much as you want while in the dining room, but must keep it within this area. Certain policies and procedures must be followed to maintain a cost-effective and efficient dining program. 

Why must I show my I.D. card when I come into the dining room to eat?


Meal cards must be presented to the cashier when you want to eat a meal. Meal cards are non-transferable. These procedures are in place to keep a quality cost-effective program that is maintained for your dining pleasure. 

What do I do when I lose my Meal Card/I.D.?


Report lost or stolen cards/I.D. to the Security Office located in Smith Hall. You must replace your meal card/I.D. at the Security Office.  You must have/present your valid I.D in order to use your meal plan. 

Service Regulations

Your understanding and observation of the following regulations will guarantee smooth, efficient operation of the Dining Hall.

  • Students must obey the University personal appearance regulations while in the Dining Hall.
  • Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.
  • You are not permitted to take food from the Dining Hall.
  • To avoid waste, you should choose one entrée when entering the served lines. More entrees are available for seconds.
  • After dining, please return trays to the dish return and leave your table and chairs neat and clean.
  • Please behave courteously at all times.
  • You will not be granted credit for any meals missed.
  • We also ask that you abide by all of the Aladdin policies.

Dining Area Restrictions

You are not permitted to engage in the following activities in the dining area:

Removal of food or dinnerware from the dining area

Use of electronics devices that detract from the dining experience of other guests

Playing of personal music devices without headphones

Leaning back in Dining Room Chairs

Dining Hall personnel reserve the right to dismiss or suspend you from the dining area for inappropriate behavior.

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