From the student handbook

The importance of community meals at Ave Maria University is held in the highest regard.  Enjoying meals with other students, faculty members, and staff is a way to build and form community.  Therefore, all residential students are required to participate in the meal plan.

Valley Services, Inc., as the food service company for Ave Maria University, is committed to giving students, staff, faculty, and community members alike the most comprehensive dining experience while on the campus. Residence dining programs are designed to be healthy, flexible and interesting in meeting the ever changing needs of today’s students. Students will experience a food service program complemented with offerings from traditional favorites to foreign cuisine. Valley will offer a variety of healthy choice options, holiday theme dinners, and special event meals throughout the academic year.

Meal Plan Overview

The meal plan is a traditional 19 meals per week meal plan to be used in the cafeteria. (3 per weekday, 2 per day on the weekend)  In addition to the meals, $50 worth of flex dollars per semester will be added to each meal plan.   These flex dollars can be used in either the Cafeteria or in the Gyrene Galley (also know as the “Café”).  All flex dollar balances are lost at the end of each semester; under a “Use Them or Lose Them” policy.

Special Diets & Accommodations

Valley Food Services will have the ability to serve most special dietary needs and is willing to work out menus on a case by case basis for those who require a special diet due to medical reasons. For further details, contact the Director of Dining Services.


The menu is designed by the Director for Dining Services and the Executive Chef.


The catering department has experience meeting the food service needs for events large and small. Catering is committed to working with your budget to give you the best catering experience possible. Some events that catering has served include weddings, banquets, and various campus events. For further details, contact the Director of Dining Services.