faq

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about our dining plans. If you have more questions or concerns regarding dining at GW, please email [email protected].  

Please visit GW's Dining Plan overview page for more information on dining plans.

Please visit GW's Dining Plan page for more information on Dining Cash and Colonial Cash. 

How do I manage my account? 

You can manage your account via the GET app. You can also manage your funds in the Budgeting App. The Budgeting App is located within the GW Mobile App under the Dining Option. 

I have received a scholarship and/or a financial aid package. Can I apply those funds to my dining plan?

For information on exactly what your scholarship or financial aid package covers visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance webpage

I need help budgeting my GWorld funds. What should I do? 

If you are struggling with your GWorld balance here are some ways to maximize your funds.  Students should take advantage of our 40+ Meal Deals and Discounts with our dining partners. We also recommend that students take advantage of the Budgeting App to see how to manage funds weekly and daily. 

The Store is a student-run food pantry at GW that is managed by the Store student organization and the Division for Student Affairs providing resources and support for students living with food insecurity. For more information on how to access visit The Store's webpage

The Abrahms Family Fund is a grant designed to provide Colonial Cash on an emergency basis to full-time undergraduate students who have exhausted their allotment of food money for the semester. A student may request funding to increase or add Colonial Cash. 

 

We have more than 90 dining and grocery partners throughout D.C. that support nutritional preferences, tastes and range from fine dining, grab-and-go, late night, delivery, coffee, snacks, food truck vendors and more. You can check out a complete list of partners or use the GET mobile app to explore your extensive dining options.

The Mount Vernon Campus has an all-you-care-to-eat option at Pelham Commons. Please visit the Dining Plans page for more information.

Where can I eat late at night?

A full list of our dining partners and their business hours can be found on the GET app and under the "Where to Eat" tab. On the Mount Vernon Campus you can visit Pelham Commons for a late night dining option.

There are also many vending machines that offer a variety of snacks and beverage options, located in most common spaces of residential and academic buildings. If you have a request for a vending machine location please email [email protected]

 

I want to explore more of Washington, D.C. Are there dining options off campus for students?

Our open dining plan gives students the flexibility to explore dining options beyond our campus limits. We have dining partners located in Foggy Bottom, Fox Hall, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle. The dining options range from sit down restaurants like Bodega in Georgetown, to fast casual spots like Wawa in Dupont Circle. You can search all of our dining partners based on location under the "Where to Eat" page, using the campuscard interactive map. 

I can’t seem to find anything to eat to meet my dietary needs, what options do I have? 

The George Washington University recognizes that students come to GW with a variety of nutritional needs and food preferences.  It is the goal of the university to provide you the offerings to meet your individual nutritional needs.  

If, however, you have a chronic medical condition that necessitates the provision of specific accommodations beyond what is available through the GW Dining program, there is a process that the university will follow to determine if such accommodation is reasonable.  Please fill out and submit the Dietary Needs Requiring Accommodations: Student Request Form(.pdf) and have a medical professional fill out the Dietary Needs Requiring Accommodation: Health Care Provider form(.pdf). These forms should be sent to GW’s Disability Support Services as noted in each form. It is important for you to provide the information requested and fill in all information fields.  You should also explain your individual dietary needs in detail so that we can understand and work together with you to meet your needs.

I’m a resident of the Mount Vernon Campus and could use some assistance getting my dietary needs met. Is there anyone I can speak with? 

At Mount Vernon Campus Dining we take your health and nutrition needs seriously and hope to partner with you to make your dining experience at GW safe and enjoyable. Students are  encouraged to reach out to campus chefs for specific dietary needs.

Self-Identification Campaign

GW Dining promotes a program to encourage students with allergies to identify their specific dietary needs to our dining staff. Our Dine on Campus app and dining website have an allergen ID program, which allows students to fill out an informational card of allergen information, emergency contacts, and any medication specifics (such as carrying an epi-pen). The GW Dining Staff will be trained by the GW Dietitian to ensure students feel comfortable sharing their dietary needs for specific accommodations once a student informs them of their restrictions. Students are also encouraged to reach out to campus chefs and the campus dietitian for specific dietary needs. 

A trained chef or sous chef will handle or direct any preparation that may be needed for the student's meal. Our management, culinary staff, and allergen handling associates will complete FARE Certified food allergen training, along with additional specific food allergy training for cross-contamination and meal prep. Our campus dietitian is your main point for all allergy or celiac-related issues.

Avoiding Contact

If you have a food allergy or intolerance and you're dining in any of our campus locations, be sure to take the following precautions if you are worried about cross-contact:

 Ask the GW dining associate handling your food to:

  1. Wash their hands and change their gloves.
  2. Use a designated utensil for your meal.
  3. Serve your menu items from the back of the house that have yet come in contact with the serving bar.

Be sure to review the allergen and ingredient information online or through our Dine on Campus App. To ensure your safety and satisfaction:

 Our Commitment: How We Can Help You

  1. Our Chefs and Managers have completed the Food Allergies and Celiac Disease Training. The training we provide is reviewed and approved by FARE.
  2. Our GW dining employees have completed and passed their allergy training.
  3. We have an open policy with our recipes and encourage students to request to view all product labels that are used within our recipes. 
  4. We support the Food Allergen Labeling requirements for the 8 major allergens.

 

I’d really like to speak with a dietician and get some nutritional advice, where can I go? 

If you are interested in an individual nutrition consultation please contact the GW Student Health Center

 

 

Did You Know? 

In an effort to further enhance the student dining expierence more we have place our 5 Ingredients or Less Cookbook in all residence hall community kitchens. We have also distributed dish soap and scrub brushes to emphasize the importance of respecting community spaces by cleaning after cooking in your community kitchen. Tag us on Instagram (@gwdining) in your recipe testing from the cookbook! 

Other Food Related Resources: 

 

Meal Prep Guide

Meal Prep Guide

The GW Dining Meal Prep Guide is a beginner's guide to shopping, preparing, and portioning out budget-friendly meals. This guide is designed to help students learn how to strategically grocery shop to prepare meals for the week. With grocery shopping lists, step-by-step cooking instructions, and planning tips, you will be sure to be a meal prepping master after reading! Click here for a pdf version. 

5 Ingredients or Less

5 Ingredients or Less Cookbook 

The 5 Ingredients or Less cookbook was curated with the college student in mind. Cooking in college can be challenging; this cookbook is designed to be a great resource for students looking to learn more about cooking. 5 Ingredients or Less is your new go-to for easy, healthy, and delicious recipes, as well as many tips and tricks on how to cook with a college schedule and budget! You can find a pdf version here and a printed version in all residental hall community kitchens across campus. 

Budgeting App

Dining Cash Budgeting App 

The GW Dining Budgeting App is located within the GW Mobile App under the "Dining" options. The app displays how much dining cash you have remaining on your GWorld card. In addition, the app will break down what your weekly and daily spending should be to stay on budget to have sufficient funds for the whole semester. This is a great tool to esnure that each week you stick to your budget and if you fall off track, the app is there to help you get right back on budget! 

The Store

The Store 

The Store is a student-run food pantry at the George Washington University (GW) that is managed by the Store student organization and the Division for Student Affairs providing resources and support for students living with food insecurity. Students who would like to access the pantry should log in to the Store application and complete the prompts.