Dining Services Menu

Check out our menu for the week!

Benson Hall

Benson Hall is open daily for students, faculty, and guests to enjoy a balanced meal with buffet-style dining.

Dining Services FAQs

Assorted bread and cereals are available for all served meals as well as a salad bar for lunches and dinners.

Our soft serve is dairy and gluten-friendly.

At least two salad dressings are always gluten-friendly. In addition, vinegar and oil are always available.

Many items on our salad bar are naturally allergen-friendly.

Some gluten-free* items may be available upon request. These may include bread, muffins, buns, bagels, cookies, etc., which will be provided in a frozen state upon request.

Items requiring some preparation time are also available by special request including gluten-free pizza crust and pasta.

Dining Services maintains a toaster and some additional equipment specifically for gluten-friendly operation. Access granted by asking the kitchen personnel.

Many of our breakfast fruits are “no sugar added” or, in the case of canned fruits, “packed in fruit juice.”

Dining Services Costs

Guest Meals
  • $9.00 (Ages 11+)
  • $5.75 (Children Ages 4-10)
  • $10.75 (Ages 11+)
  • $7.50 (Children Ages 4-10)
Saturday Brunch
  • $9.00 (Ages 11+)
  • $5.75 (Children Ages 4-10)

Student Meal Plans

The first two plans are $2,095 per semester for the 2023-24 academic year.

  Full Plan

Up to 19 meals per week plus $100.00 Twigs Monies

 Block Plan

160 meals per semester plus $350.00 Twigs Monies

Off-Campus Students Option

 $92.50 for 10 meals anytime through the semester

Allergen Information

To find out about our allergen policies, download our Allergy Awareness Policy.

PLEASE NOTE: While we make every effort to prevent cross-contact by potential allergens through the provision of specific serving utensils, we cannot guarantee any item to be completely allergen-free. *The term gluten-free in this pamphlet refers to items that are purchased as such from our suppliers and sealed until opened by the consumer. You should not assume any item produced in our facility is completely free of gluten.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kim Nihart, R.N., Director of Health Services (515.964.0601, ext. 219)

Twigs Coffee Shop

Our Twigs Coffee shop offers a wide variety of primarily pre-packaged items that are labeled by their manufacturer, as well as coffees, lattes, f’real™ shakes, and other assorted beverages. Please ask the attendant for information regarding potential allergens in any specific made-to-order beverage.

Twigs Coffee Shop Hours

Twigs Coffee Shop keeps regular hours during the week and on Saturday evenings. Hours are subject to change due to campus events.


9:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


9:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


9:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


9:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


9:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.



Dining Services Staff

Tyler Hausner
Doug Bladine
Terry Waltersdorf


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Contact Dining Services

If you have any questions, please contact us!


  • Tyler Hausner, Director of Dining Services