Bring Back Wildcat Deals for 2018- 2019

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University of Kentucky (UK) Dining has eliminated Wildcat Deals from campus dining plans for the 2018- 2019 academic year. With the changes to the dining plans, students will only be able to use meal swipes at the Fresh Food Company at the 90 and Champions Kitchen in the Student Center.

However, students prefer the option of using Wildcat Deals at on campus restaurants, like Subway, Chick-fil-A, Freshii and numerous other locations. Wildcat Deals are meal swipes that are used a non-dining hall locations. Most UK students have only known campus dining that includes Wildcat Deals on their dining plan.

Fresh Food Company and Champions Kitchen together have about 2,000 seats. Yet there could potentially be a total 6,800 students living in UK Housing next year with about 2,300 students living on North campus and 4,500 student living on Central-South campus. Based on the dining plan structure, the dining halls would need to serve almost 2,000 students each hour between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to meet the demand just for lunch.

Wildcat Deals spread out the demand for meals on campus, particularly for lunch. This improves the quality of food and service. In addition, students have more time to enjoy their meal and talk with friends instead of standing in line. Students expect Wildcat Deals to be offered on campus.

UK Dining knew that it would be eliminating Wildcat Deals before many students renewed their contracts to live on campus again next year. Yet no announcement has been made regarding these changes as of February 9, 2018. However, if you call UK Dining at (859) 257-2220 or (859) 257-6161 and ask, you will receive that information.

This is completely unacceptable behavior from an entity that serves students. We, the students of University of Kentucky, are asking Wildcat Deals for 2018- 2019 academic year be reinstated. We deserve on campus dining that meets our needs and we will accept nothing less.

 



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