At Trinity, the health, safety and well-being of our community members is a top priority. Significant changes have been made to our dining program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates to our operations can be found below.
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 operates and manages Trinity’s dining facilities.
We have taken this opportunity to reflect on our current Food Services operations and implement some significant changes to realize our food vision of providing delicious, healthy and ethically-procured food. These changes adhere to public health guidelines while realizing Trinity College’s values related to food and community.
Trinity’s Food Services Commitment: 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:
Fair Trade Campus: 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.
Trinity Food Services Survey: Every year Trinity College conducts a Food Survey to solicit feedback and suggestions from students, faculty and staff about the Food Services. The survey results are utilized to inform the menu selections and future food offerings.
All students living in the Trinity College residences are required to purchase a meal plan. The Trinity Residence Meal Plans operate on a declining balance system, wherein your TCard (student card) acts like a debit card and your starting balance is determined by the meal plan you choose. At every transaction, you will be charged for each individual items you select, and the total cost of your purchases is deducted from your account balance. The Trinity Residence Meal Plan can be used at Trinity dining locations but not at U of T operated food outlets. Check out the Residence Fees page and the Trinity College Residence Meal Plan page for more information about meal plans and pricing.
Trinity Flex Dollars allow the holder to pre-load a set amount of money onto their TCard to be used at any of the Trinity dining outlets. Trinity Flex Dollars operate on a declining cash balance system. Trinity Flex Dollars are available only to Trinity students, faculty, and staff and can be purchased throughout the academic year at the Welcome Desk located on the main level of the Trinity building, at 6 Hoskin Avenue. For students living off-campus, Trinity Flex Dollars are a great way to purchase food on-campus at Trinity.
Trinity has invested in an Eco To-Go Container Program, which allows students to take food out of the dining outlets using a reusable, BPA-free plastic container. Containers are returned after use, to be washed by the Food Services team.
How the program works:
1. Order your meal and let the server know you would like your food in a Eco To-Go Container.
2. When you go to pay, either present your Eco To-Go Exchange Card (if you have already opted into the program) or pay for the program by leaving a $5 deposit (one-time fee on your TCard).
3. Enjoy your meal.
4. Return your used Eco To-Go Container to the dining facility and receive an Eco To-Go Exchange Card.
5. Use the Eco To-Go Exchange Card to get your next meal.
All students and patrons must abide by the rules outlined in the Trinity College Dining Hall Policy while in Trinity College dining outlets.
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.
Trinity College’s dining outlets 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to public health guidelines for physical distancing and maximum room capacity, there will be directional signage (entrance and exit), floor decals for queuing into the dining spaces and serveries, and tables and chairs have been positioned to promote physical distancing, among other physical and food safety precautions. Please do not move or reposition any furniture.
This fall, students will be able to access online menus for all Trinity dining outlets on the Trinity campus.STRACHAN HALL: VIEW TODAY'S MENU
Strachan Hall (6 Hoskin Avenue) serves as the largest of Trinity’s dining facilities. The menu consists of locally-sourced foods and produce as well as food made from scratch using wholesome ingredients and healthy proteins, such as fish and whole grains.
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 on-the-go items, snacks, whole or cut fruits, desserts, and assorted beverages. Strachan Hall accepts payment by TCard only (Residence Meal Plans and Trinity Flex Dollars). Please note that high table meals in Strachan Hall are cancelled until further notice.STRACHAN HALL: VIEW MENU
|Monday – Thursday||7:30 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Friday||7:30 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Saturday & Sunday||8:30 AM – 8:00 PM|
Meal Times: Monday to Friday
Meal Times: Saturday / Sunday / Holidays
Lunch / Brunch / Dinner
At Strachan Hall, students will be able to chose to have their food served on china, in an Eco To-Go Container or in a compostable to-go container (additional cost).
The Buttery is located on the main floor of the Gerald Larkin Building (15 Devonshire Place). The Buttery has a comfortable eating area and a cafeteria (servery). The building is wheelchair accessible. The Buttery accepts payment by debit, credit and TCard (Residence Meal Plan and Trinity Flex Dollars).THE BUTTERY: VIEW MENU
|Monday – Friday||8:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Saturday, Sunday & Holidays||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
The Buttery offers a wide variety of healthy and convenient food, snacks and beverages, along with a few of our community’s favourite offerings:
At The Buttery, students will be able to chose to have their food served in an Eco To-Go Container or in a compostable to-go container (additional cost).
The Buttery may be closed on occasion for College purposes/use.
Throughout August we will continue to update this page with details about our Food Services operations. In the meantime, please reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students if you have questions – email@example.com.
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