Meal Plans FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Meal Swipes and Old Gold Swipes?

Meal Swipes are used for entry to any of our residential dining venues which are the Fresh Food Company (the Pit), Hilltop Market at North Dining Hall, and the Magnolia Room. Old Gold Swipes are pre-determined combo meals at all of our retail locations such as Chick-Fil-A and Subway that include one or more selections of an entrée and drink! Old Gold Swipes give you more flexibility with your plan and are advertised at each of our locations for you to choose from! If you would like a menu item, not on that list, then you would use your food dollars provided in your meal plan.

What is the difference between Food Dollars and Deacon Dollars?

Food Dollars can only be used for purchases in WFU dining venues. Deacon Dollars can be used for dining purchases and other campus locations such as the book store.

When is the deadline to decrease or increase my plan?

Fall 2022 decrease: August 1st

Fall 2022 increase: September 30th

Spring 2023 deadline date to decrease is January 3rd

Spring 2023 deadline date to increase is January 31st

How can I add additional food dollars or deacon dollars?

All you have to do is go to to purchase more! You can also call 336-758-5607 or visit our main office in Reynolda Hall Room 12 Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm for assistance to add these to your account.

Who must purchase a meal plan and where can I purchase?

All students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan and you can sign up through Residence Life and Housing through their housing portal. To view additional details on each meal plan as well as dining options available on campus, you can visit

When does my meal plan expire?

Your meal swipes and old gold swipes expire at the end of each semester. Your unused food dollars will carry over from fall to spring semester and will expire at the end of the spring semester. When you add additional food dollars to your account, they do not expire.  They remain until they are used. However, once you graduate, you lose the balance if you have any.

How do I request to change my meal plan?

Students should follow these steps in order to change their meal plan: Log into WIN> Virtual Campus> Residence Life and Housing> 2022-23 Application. They will need to click on the “Meal Plan” tab and make their change request once they are in the 2020-21 application.

When does my meal plan start?

Meal plans are activated on August 17th