Meal Plans

Meal PlansMeal Plans

The Dining Services website ( has a complete list of all available meal plans for residential students, commuter students, and faculty/staff.  You will also find the hours of operation for Palms and Hopper (dining halls), retail locations, and markets.  Menus for each dining location and daily/weekly/monthly specials will be listed on this site as well.  Check the page often for updates. 

Please contact the Meal Plan Manager at if you have any questions or concerns about the meal plan assigned to your account; if you experience problems when trying to access your meal plan; or if you would like to add another meal plan later in the semester.  Email correspondence should be sent from your email account and should include your VSU student I.D. number (870# on your 1Card) and as much detailed information as possible.  

Each student is limited to one meal plan change per semester.  Additional plans may be added if the original plan is depleted before the end of the term.  Unused meals and Dining Dollars do not roll from semester-to-semester; any unused portion will be forfeited.  The deadline to request changes is the first Wednesday of the semester (during the first official week of classes) at 8 pm.  The deadline date will be posted on the Dining Services website each semester. 

All requests for information and/or changes must be submitted in writing by the student.  If said student has given VSU permission to disclose account information to his/her parents via a “Student Authorization for Release of Records” form, parents may request information by email as well (the release form can be found on the VSU Registrar’s website).  The student should be copied on all parental correspondence.  

On-Campus Food Purchases with Dining Dollars and FLEX Funds

When making food purchases at any of the dining locations on-campus (including the two markets), please specify from which account you would like to pay…Dining Dollars or FLEX.  These are two separate accounts that you can access through your VSU 1Card, and the payment process will be expedited if you inform the cashiers of your payment preference.  Debit/credit cards and cash are accepted at most locations as well.

Off-Campus Meal Purchases

Valdosta State University offers two off-campus purchasing programs: Tapingo and Swipeingo. 

  • Tapingo is available through and a free Tapingo app for smartphones (visit the Tapingo website for a list of participating locations).   FLEX, debit cards, and credit cards are accepted. 
  • Swipeingo retailers allow customers to “swipe” their VSU 1Cards and pay with FLEX funds (visit the VSU 1Card website for a list of retailers).