Coming Soon: More Campus Dining Options at UMKC

Five new details about the Foodiverse
Rendering of the Foodiverse dining hall concept at UMKC Student Union

Construction is underway on new campus dining options at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In his State of the University address, Chancellor Mauli Agrawal offered a sneak peek of the UMKC Foodiverse.

“This is an exciting addition for our students, our employees on campus and the Kansas City community,” said Jody Jeffries, director of the Student Union. “This will elevate our dining experience at UMKC.”

What is the Foodiverse?

The Foodiverse will be a food-parlor environment on the first floor of the Student Union. There will be eight food concepts, including the full-service Starbucks on the east and a full-service Chick-fil-A that will replace the Chick-fil-A Express on the west.  The other six food stalls include:

  • An isolated allergen-free zone
  • Pizza and pasta
  • Deli
  • Salad bar
  • Grill
  • Home-style meals

Additionally, more modern furnishings will be added to both interior and exteriors space at Student Union.

Why is the Foodiverse being created?

The Foodiverse will be closer to UMKC residence halls and centrally located on campus. It also will be short distance from the KC Streetcar stop that is expected to run to and from the UMKC Volker Campus next year.

What is the construction timeline, and will the dining hall remain open at Atterbury?

The construction at Student Union recently started with clearing space, and is expected to be completed in January 2025 for the spring semester. Meanwhile, the dining hall at Atterbury will remain open. When the Foodiverse opens, Atterbury dining services will be closed for renovations to create a new expanded student welcome center at Atterbury.

Will any dining options remain open at Student Union?

Yes, the full-service Starbucks will maintain its normal business operations during construction.

How will meal plans work for students and for the community?

Meal plan holders will engage with the area by visiting one of the six Foodiverse options to compile a full meal from the specific station, and then will be afforded second helpings from any one of the six options during the same meal period. Plan holders will have Meal Exchanges and Flex Dollars associated with their accounts to allow for full retail purchasing at Starbucks and Chick-fil-A. This will be managed through point-of-sale technology.

Published: Jun 17, 2024

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