Mission: By providing UGA Dining Services customers a reusable, environmentally-safe, sustainable to-go containers, UGA Dining Services is hoping to create additional value for our customers by providing a new way to get a meal at our Dining Commons while decreasing the volume of waste that currently fills our landfills. The switch to reusable To-Go containers takes us one step further on our journey to going green!

About The Box: The box is microwave and dishwasher safe and is made of 30% recycled material, there is no BPA, melamine, or heavy metals or any toxic components in the material, and the container itself is recyclable at the end of its usage.

How The Program Works:

  • To register for the program, students must visit the Auxiliary Services One-Stop-Shop on Tate Plaza.
  • Once registered, when you come to a participating Dining Commons for a meal, tell the cashier that you want to get a To Go Meal BEFORE you use the Iris camera to enter.
  • There are two meal options
    • To Go Meal for the existing meal period-- you will have 15 minutes to fill your container or a second meal/block will be charged.
    • To Go Meal for the next meal period—you will be able to enjoy your current meal, then fill your container to take your next meal to go.
  • Based upon your selection, the cashier will charge your account accordingly.
  • If you have already used a Bulldawg Box for a meal period, you can no longer take a Bulldawg Box meal for that same period.
  • This program is only available at Oglethorpe Dining Commons and the Niche (for Health Science Campus residents only).

Rules of the Program:

  • To participate in this program, you will receive a to go container at no fee.  Should you lose/misplace your container, a $5 replacement fee will be charged.  The program will only be available at Oglethorpe Dining Commons and The Niche at Scott Hall.  Only those participating students that reside on the Health Sciences Campus will be able to participate at The Niche at Scott Hall.
  • Once the container is used, trash or uneaten food should be discarded.  The box should then be brought back to the dining hall and traded for a clean container each time he or she wants to use the take-out option.
  • In the event that a container is returned but a take-out meal is not requested at that time, a virtual token will be issued that can be redeemed later for take-out. Upon request, customers will be provided a pre-packaged disposable utensil/napkin/salt/pepper kit.
  • Customers may fill their container with the foods of their choice that are currently available during that service time but the lid must be able to close. Since most fruit does not fit into the container, all customers are allowed to take-out one piece as a part of their meal.  Customers will be allowed to bring their own drink container to fill with a beverage of their choice.
  • Take-out will be available to registered meal-plan participants at the cashier stand. Customers must request take-out before the card is swiped. Customers may not utilize take-out and consume a meal inside the dining hall on the same card swipe or payment.
  • Take-out is not available during theme meals.
  • Bottles, jars, and bulk containers, such as those containing spices, oils, vinegar, condiments, and honey should not be removed from the Dining Commons.
  • To go box is not transferable to another meal plan user.
  • Misuse of the program may result in loss of privileges.

Food Safety Practices:

  • Be aware of the Temperature Danger Zone, 41°F to 135°F.  Cold food needs to stay below 41°F, and hot food needs to stay above 135°F.
  • Foods kept within the Temperature Danger Zone for more than four hours allow for bacteria to multiply, and the food must be discarded.  This includes time spent in the zone during receiving, storage, preparation and cooking, and then again during holding, cooling, and reheating.
  • All food items taken out should be consumed or placed under refrigeration within two hours. Any saved refrigerated food should be consumed or disposed of within three days.
  • After four hours in the Temperature Danger Zone, the food will stay contaminated even if proper time-temperature controls are reinstated immediately.
  • Food may only be reheated once, and then it must be discarded.  Reheated food must be heated to at least 165°F.

Sign up at Auxiliary Services One Stop Shop on Tate Plaza.