Staying up to date with the latest menus on campus has just been made easier thanks to a new app, “Dining@PSU .”
The free app was released on Aug. 17 and provides information about the daily menus for Findlay Dining Commons, North Food District, Pollock Dining Commons, South Food District, The Mix at Pollock and West Food District.
Housing and Food Services Residential Dining Director Lisa Wandel said the menus on the app are accurately updated daily for students’ convenience.
“[The menu] is coming right off our website. It’s updated every three weeks,” Wandel said.
In addition to listing the entire menu for the day, it also includes a map of where the dining hall is located in relation to the user’s current location, the hours the dining hall is open and nutrition facts for every food item.
“It’s really helpful, especially being a new student here, to know where I want to go to eat,” Alex Ricci (freshman-finance) said.
The app also provides nutrition information about the food items so students can keep easily track of what they’re eating.
A tab labeled “My Foods” allows users to keep a log of the food they ate that day. As they add more food to the list, the app keeps track of their total calorie intake. Not only does the “My Foods” tab keep track of food on campus, but there’s also an option to manually enter the nutrition facts for any food eaten outside of the dining commons.
“It would make it easier to find somewhere to eat between classes,” Amanda Koch (freshman-psychology) said.
To help spread the word about the app, tables will be put out to inform students and posters will be hung in each of the dining commons so more students will know to download it.
For now, Housing and Food Services is focusing on informing as many students as possible about the app. Seeing as most people are still unaware of it, the posters and information tables will be a big help, Wandel said.
The app is only available on the iPhone as of now but Housing and Food Services hopes to eventually make the app available on Androids’ as well.