Food Services at Trinity College is overseen by the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office of the Dean of Students should be students’ first point of contact for all questions or concerns about Food Services, meal plans and dietary accommodation needs. Chartwells Canada is Trinity’s Food Service provider. The Chartwells’ team operate and manage both Strachan Hall and The Buttery.
We believe in the importance of supporting the whole person by providing delicious, healthy and ethically procured food to nourish the body, mind and conscience. Our food choices reflect our values – we offer balanced options: variety and choice, accommodation of dietary needs and creativity. Excellent food is a critical element in cultivating and supporting student health and wellness, and ultimately, overall student success.
Trinity College is committed to providing wholesome and nutritious food, using the freshest possible ingredients:
In May 2016, Trinity received a Fair Trade Campus designation, which recognizes universities and colleges that have shown a strong commitment to Fair Trade principles and to offering Fair Trade products.
Since 2014, the Student Food Advisory Committee (SFAC) has been providing general feedback on the Trinity food service. The SFAC is directly involved in the oversight of Food Services, with representation from the student body, administrative staff and Chartwells. The SFAC recruits new members every September to participate in the year-long committee. Student participants are asked to provide ongoing feedback and direction for improvements to Food Services.
Strachan Hall serves as Trinity’s main dining hall (6 Hoskin Avenue) and is one of the College’s main student hubs. The menu consists of locally-sourced foods and produce, food made from scratch, wholesome ingredients, vegan and made without gluten options, and healthy proteins, such as fish and whole grains. Every day Trinity offers a fresh and varied salad bar with homemade dressings, cheeses, and proteins.
From September to April, the servery in Strachan Hall is open all day, from breakfast through dinner, with a full meal service taking place at designated meal times. Between meals, students can access the servery for self-serve lunches, snacks, and salad bar options. Also available anytime are whole or cut fruits, desserts, smoothie station, infused water station, and assorted beverages. Strachan Hall accepts payment by TCard (Meal Plans and Trinity Flex Dollars) and cash.STRACHAN HALL: VIEW TODAY'S MENU
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All students and patrons must abide by the rules outlined in the Trinity College Dining Hall Policy while in Strachan Hall and the Strachan Servery.
Strachan Hall offers an all-you-can-eat meal service, meaning patrons pay for access to the Strachan Servery for a discrete meal time (breakfast, lunch or dinner) and are able to eat until they are full. Patrons are able to pay for their meal using their residence meal plan, guest meals, flex dollars as well as cash, debit or credit. Check out the flex dollar page for more information on pricing and flex dollars.
During the summer, meal service in Strachan Hall is only available to attendees of conferences taking place at Trinity College.
The Buttery is located on the main floor of the Gerald Larkin Building (15 Devonshire Place). The Buttery has a lounge area, comfortable eating area, and a cafeteria (servery). The Buttery is a popular place to gather for meals, to study, and to socialize. The building is wheelchair accessible. A water fountain (with bottle refill station) and microwave are available in The Buttery. The Buttery accepts payment by cash, debit, credit and TCard (Trinity Flex Dollars).
The Buttery offers a wide variety of healthy and convenient food, snacks and beverages, along with a few of our community’s favourite offerings:
The Buttery may be closed on occasion for College events and other meetings throughout the academic year and is closed during the summer (May to August).
Trinity College’s dining facilities are not allergen-free facilities or kosher facilities. The dining hall in Strachan Hall is currently able to accommodate patrons who require a vegetarian or vegan diet, halal diet, and made without gluten diet. Trinity College may be able to accommodate patrons with food allergies depending on the type of allergy the patron has and the severity of that allergy. If you have questions about your dietary accommodation needs, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at email@example.com.
Residence Meal Plans A, B, C allow you to enter the Strachan Hall servery at any time between open & close. For Residence Meal Plan D (310 meals), each TCard swipe into the Strachan Hall servery counts as one of the 310 total meals provided. You may also choose to use your Strachan Hall Meal Package, as long as you do not opt out of the program, to pay for meals for yourself or a guest.
If you are a Trinity student and not living in residence you are eligible for the Strachan Hall Meal Package. As long as a student does not opt out of the program, meals are automatically loaded onto the U of T student card (TCard), and they can be redeemed by having the TCard swiped at the entrance to the servery in Strachan Hall.
Trinity Flex Dollars allow the holder to use a declining cash balance system on their TCard in either Strachan Hall or the Buttery. In Strachan, Flex Dollars can be used to purchase meals for the Flex Dollar holder or their guest. Trinity Flex Dollars are available only to Trinity students, faculty, and staff and can be purchased at the Welcome Desk located on the first floor of the Trinity building, at 6 Hoskin Avenue. Please note that individual meals can be purchased using cash at the swipe station in Strachan Hall, but if you purchase and use Trinity Flex Dollars, you will be offered a discounted price for the cost of your meal.
Every year Trinity College runs a Food Survey to solicit feedback and suggestions from students, faculty and staff about the food offerings in the Strachan Dining Hall. The survey results are utilized to inform the food we offer in the dining hall and to implement new offerings.
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