UWSP made the decision in 2008 to transition to self-operated dining after many decades of contracted food service. In June 2009, UDS was created as a department within the Division of Student Affairs and we have been serving the campus community ever since. Dining is self-supporting and receives no funding from the University, State, or Federal resources. UDS is managed very much like a commercial restaurant operation. All expenses incurred, including the cost of food, wages & benefits, operating supplies, utilities, repairs & maintenance, and occupancy costs, must be covered by revenue generated across the units on campus.
We are the largest student employer and we deliver over 1.3 million meals per year to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Retail operations include Lower DeBot, DUC Dining, Homegrown Café, and Food for Thought Café. Upper DeBot is our all-you-care-to-eat dining center which primarily serves our residential student population. Catering handles both internal and external clients and serves over 800 events per year. We place a strong emphasis on quality, value, student employment, and sustainability.