Depending on your plan, you will have a set amount of meals that may be used at your discretion during the semester. Each time you use a meal or meals, the number of meals on your card is reduced by the number of meals used. Meals may only be used at the Charger Cafe. One meal unit may be used per dining period (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) unless otherwise noted. All meal plans expire at the end of each semester.

Meal swipes are accepted at Charger Café. Students on meal plan #1, #2, #3 and #7 may use one meal swipe/entry per period. Meal Plan #4 and #8 may use as many swipes as they would like per meal period. Swipes can also be used at the Den by Denny's. Students may use one meal swipe per day and three per week at The Den.

All dining locations accept Charger Bucks, Dining Dollars, Flex, Credit/Debit cards and Apple Pay. 

Charger Bucks are funds assigned with a traditional meal plan to allow students flexibility to eat at the retail locations as they would like throughout the semester. The funds are spent dollar for dollar at any of the retail dining locations. Charger Bucks expire at the end of each semester.

Dining Dollars are a declining balance account that can be used at any of the dining locations on campus to make purchases. The funds are spent dollar for dollar at any of the retail dining locations. Dining Dollar balances roll over from Fall to Spring semester but expire at the end of the Spring semester.

You may sign up for a meal plan option or purchase additional Dining Dollars by visiting the Charger Card Office in Charger Union, Room 131. You can also visit their website:; Phone: (256)824-2720 Email:

Please go to and complete the Meal Plan Change Request form.

Take our quick survey at to help you decide the best option for you.

The Charger Café offers the Simple Services station which provides safe & appetizing food choices for our customers with food allergies, gluten intolerance, & those who prefer simple food. All foods offered at this station are naturally free of milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish,sesame, peanuts, tree nuts and gluten. All the retail brands offer the same menu as other locations across the nation.