Campus Dining prepares care packages for students remaining on campusby Katherine Keith Apr. 22, 2020, 8:53 AM
For the small group of undergraduate students who remain on campus, Vanderbilt Campus Dining is committed to delivering on its mission of building community and fostering a supportive and welcoming environment on campus.
To help ease the stress of living through heightened COVID-19 safety protocols, the Dining team is distributing care packages to all on-campus residential students who visit Rand Dining Center.
“This is a challenging time for our on-campus students, and we look forward to a time when we can share a meal together in our dining halls once again. Hopefully these care packages can help lift spirits,” Sean Carroll, director of marketing and communication for People and Business Services, said.
The idea was conceived by the Campus Dining Markets team. The care packages contain a few comforts of home including toiletries, snacks and other dorm essentials.
In response to COVID-19, Campus Dining has significantly reconfigured its operations to not only serve the small number of residential students remaining on campus, but also essential campus staff, residential faculty, Vanderbilt Child and Family Center students and the first responders of Vanderbilt University Public Safety.
Three meals per day are prepared Campus Dining chefs, served grab-and-go style at Rand Hall, and through a new SMS text message-based online ordering platform for delivery. This essential operation is staffed entirely by a rotating contingent of Campus Dining management, and produces around 700 meals daily, seven days per week.