Working to Keep You Healthy
The health and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff is our first priority. We are adhering to the required and recommended guidance for food service sanitation, health, and safety. We have implemented a variety of measures to ensure your safety while eating on campus.
A Message from President Favazza About Dining Services
To the Saint Anselm community,
As you know, Rosemary Stackpole retired this spring after spending the last 16 years of her 42 years on campus as Director of Dining Services. With the end of this impressive era at hand, we needed to consider how and who best to maintain the high standards of our dining operations that have been nationally recognized for many years. After careful consideration and a process that included interviewing potential replacements for Rosemary as well as reviewing responses from seven potential outside contractors, we have decided to partner with AVI Food Systems to manage Davison Hall, the Coffee Shop, Gallo Café, Common Ground and our catering services.
AVI is a family-owned business that is considered one of the most respected food service companies in the country. They consider employees to be part of the family and they pride themselves on developing personal relationships with their customers. In talks with AVI, they recognize the quality of the dining experience offered here at Saint Anselm and they are thrilled to have a partnership with the College.
Our Dining Services Advisory Committee strongly considered maintaining an independent operation of our food services. Unfortunately, we did not find an individual who could closely approximate what Rosemary brought to the College for so many years. At the same time, the committee was very impressed with AVI’s vision for Saint Anselm and we feel confident that we will not only maintain our wonderful dining experience and traditions, but our food services will grow in new and exciting ways. The investment AVI will make in staff development and physical changes to our dining facilities promises to make our exceptional operations even better.
While food quality was crucial in our decision, of equal importance was the plan for our dining staff, many of whom have been with the College for years. AVI is committed to every current employee who wishes to continue with the College and to maintaining their seniority. AVI managers have met with our dining staff to assure their importance to the future of our food operations.
In addition to our Dining Services Advisory Committee, a cross-section of our community, including more than a dozen students, had an opportunity to review the food service finalists. AVI emerged as the clear favorite. I am excited about where AVI will bring us, and I am confident they will value the things that make our dining operations so special. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why can’t things stay the same? Isn’t there someone here who can take over for Rosemary?
As part of the process, we investigated both remaining as an in-house operation as well as partnering with a contractor. It became clear during the interviewing process for a potential Director of Dining Services replacement that the candidates did not possess the same skill set of our previous Director.
Will there be changes to the meal plans?
There will be no changes to our current meal plans.
Will there be changes to the hours of operation?
The hours of operation will remain the same.
Will the food be fresh or mostly frozen?
Food will continue to be made fresh from scratch ingredients.
What about traditions, like the Christmas Feast and Gingerbread contest?
We will continue our SAC dining traditions.
Will I still be able to get Buffalo Chicken Calzone and house-made ranch in the C-shop?
Do dining employees get the same benefits?
Dining employees will be offered their same position at the same rate of pay. The benefits offered by AVI are similar to those of Saint Anselm College.
What about student workers? Will AVI use them?
AVI will continue to use student workers and encourage students to apply.
I have special dietary needs. How will AVI accommodate them?
AVI will offer special dietary options on a daily basis but please reach out to the General Manager should you have specific dietary needs.
I’m concerned about the environment and sustainability. Where does AVI stand on these important issues?
AVI is committed to the environment and sustainability. They look to source products from local farms to minimize the impact on the environment as well as provide fresh food.
Dining Service Locations
We are proud of our unique dining facilities and the fact that we are recognized among the nation's premier locations in college dining. Our four facilities offer unique menus and dining experiences to accommodate your diverse needs.
Our food is homemade and freshly prepared by our chefs. We offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options, and label all menu items accordingly. If you have any special dietary requirements, please inform a supervisor so that we can better accommodate your needs.
We facilitate four meal plan programs for our students. All are comprehensive declining balance plans designed to meet the the nutritional and social needs of our students. You can find more information about our programs on the meal plan page. If you have questions about your meal plan, visit the FAQ page.
Your Saint Anselm College student identification card is necessary to buy food at our dining facilities on campus, to access your on-campus residence, to use laundry facilities, and to check out books and print at Geisel Library.
- If you lose your ID, please access your account to report your card as Lost. You may also call the Davison Hall front office at x7750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report it as missing. If you find your card, you can reactivate it *(This only applies to the most recent Lost card. Older Lost cards need to be reactivated in the Davison Hall front office in person during business hours). If your ID card is not found, you will need to pay a $10 replacement fee for a new card.
Damaged cards may be reprinted at no charge, but you must turn in the damaged ID in order to receive a new one.
You're in control with GET Funds! You can now manage your Meal Plan and Hawkbucks accounts online, or by downloading the GET Funds mobile app. Use GET Funds to:
- Deposit funds into your Hawkbucks accounts
- Report your ID card as Lost or Found (only applies to most recently Lost card - older Lost cards must be reactivated in person in the Davison office)
- Check transaction history
- View your account balances
- Send an "Add Funds" request to your parents or relatives
Students must first be registered for an account with the website before logging in to view their account information.
- Register on GET Saint Anselm. To begin the registration process on the site, click on the link indicating "Not Registered? Sign up now!" and fill out the registration form provided. Once the form is filled out and submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the address provided-this email must be responded to in order for the registration process to complete successfully.
Parents, guardians and other relatives can make online deposits to their student's Hawkbucks accounts by selecting the link "Click Here to Deposit into a Student's Account" on the login page. When depositing with this link, you will need two things: the credit/debit card number from which to make the payment, and the student's ID Number.
Last Updated: August 5, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I need to know about campus meal plans?
- How does my meal plan work at the Coffee Shop?
- I have special dietary needs, what should I do?
- I have a question about my meal card/ campus ID.
- Other frequently asked questions
What happens if I use up all my money before the end the semester?
Students who typically run low on funds toward the end of the semester may benefit from purchasing the Meal Plan Plus, which costs an additional $500 per semester. You will also receive a $125 bonus credit on your meal plan account. The Meal Plan Plus operates the same way as the resident meal plan.
What happens to unused dollars at the end of each semester?
- For Resident meal plan participants: Resident Meal Plan balances do not roll from semester to semester..
- For Apartment Meal Plan participants: At the end of the semester, the balance will be transferred to your Hawkbucks account
- For Hawkbucks participants: At the end of the semester, the balance will roll over to the next semester until you graduate or withdrawal from the College. Any remaining balance will be refunded at that time.
I go home every weekend and I really don't eat that much, so I have a lot of money on my card, can I get some of my money back at the end of the year?
If you are a resident, then your room and board includes your Resident Meal Plan. Whether you spend your money or not, or whether you use Davison Hall or not, your portion of operations costs is still necessary toward keeping Davison Hall up and running.
Meal Plans & The Coffee Shop
What is the difference between the food offered at Davison Hall and the Coffee Shop?
Davison Hall offers a 3 week menu cycle for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with the pasta station, the deli, the grill, the salad & bread bar and large selection of desserts.
The Coffee Shop offers a fixed and prepared to order menu. It includes a large variety of options such as marinated chicken breast plates, burgers, club sandwiches, grab and go salads, calzones, subs, and pizzas.
Special Diets, Nutrition & Food Preferences
I am a vegetarian, how can I be sure to find something to eat on a regular basis?
Davison Hall always includes one vegetarian or vegan entree at lunch and dinner. There are also additional options available daily, such as pasta and marinara sauce, the salad bar, veggie wraps at the deli, or veggie burgers at the grill.
I am lactose intolerant. Can I get Soy milk or Lactaid instead of regular milk?
If you have any dietary requirements, please inform a supervisor and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
I eat a gluten free diet. What can I have?
Davison Hall offers a variety of menu items prepared without gluten. These items are labeled on our web menus, menu signs, and menu identifiers in the servery. If you are having trouble meeting your dietary needs, please let us know! Please email email@example.com if you have any questions, or if you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your dietary needs with us.
What happens if I lose my ID card/Meal Card? Report your lost card immediately by contacting someone at the Davison Hall front office, at x7750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If your card has been found and turned into us, it will be in the Lost and Found ID file until you pick it up. If your card is not found, it will be deactivated so that no one else can use it. You will be required to purchase a new ID for $10.00.
If your lost ID is turned in after you have already purchased a new one, we will keep it on file in case you lose your second ID. If this occurs, we are able to deactivate your second ID and reactivate your first ID at no extra charge. Any cards reported lost are always deactivated so that no one else can use them.
My meal card was taken from me by the cashier, how do I get it back?
Our dining staff is instructed to take cards that ring up as "Lost Cards;" cards that are damaged and don't work; and cards that don't belong to you. The card will then be forwarded to the Davison Hall office where you can stop by and resolve the problem.
My meal card doesn't work and I need a new one, do I still need to pay $10.00?
If your ID card is damaged in any way, it will be replaced at no charge, but you must bring the damaged card in to trade.
What do I do if I have a food suggestion or a great recipe to share?
Please post any suggestions and ideas in our suggestion box outside the dish room. We review these on a regular basis - your feedback is important to us!