The Jaguar Dining Center is located in the middle of everything – a great place to grab a meal or snack. You’ll find healthy choices that will keep you fueled all day long. There are hot specials every day for lunch and dinner, plus a salad bar, sandwich bar, soup, and pizza.

Arena Food Service, Inc. is the University's Food Service, Catering, and Vending partner. Arena provides full retail food services in the Jaguar Dining Center and C-Store at Prairie Place

In addition to everyday favorites, the Jaguar Dining Center will feature a full line of daily specials and themed days. Through the Arena Lifestyles initiative, healthier menu options will be featured that are prepared in a wholesome manner.

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Monday - Friday

9:00AM - 2:00PM





The C-Store @ Prairie Place provides an assortment of beverages, cereals, breakfast bars, heat-and-serve soups, frozen entrees, and grocery items as well as anytime snacks, gums, and mints. Toiletries and cleaning supplies are also available. Freshly brewed coffee, fresh popped popcorn and special items will be offered.

A suggestion box is available on the check-out counter for students to recommend items they would like to see sold in the C-store.


GovState offers a Meal Plan program to ALL enrolled students. The convenient and flexible meal plan allows you to have money specifically available for food and beverage purchases on the GovState campus. Students can select the Meal Plan program that best meets their needs:

GOLD PLAN: $1500 per semester
SILVER PLAN: $1000 per semester
BRONZE PLAN: $500 per semester

The cost of the meal plan is placed directly on your student account. All resident students will be assigned the $1000 per semester (Silver Level) meal plan. Students who have sufficient financial aid funds can pay for the meal plan like any other charge placed on their student account.

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Should the need arise for vending assistance during the hours the Jaguar Dining Center is open, please call 708.235.7433 or visit Dining Services in Building D. During hours the Jaguar Dining Center is not open please either leave a message at 708.235.7433 or email Please provide your contact information, your vending concern, and the machine location.


Arena Food Service, Inc. is proud to offer a wide range of catering options to satisfy any event need. Their dedicated event personnel are happy to assist you and your group in planning your event to provide the perfect culinary and event compliments to your event.

To encourage advanced planning for upcoming meetings and events that require catering services, our food service partner, Arena Food Service, Inc., has developed an Advanced Booking Discount program for catered events. To qualify your event for the Advanced Booking Discount, you must submit your completed event requisition via email to the Catering Department at at least 2 weeks before your event. The Advanced Booking Discount will be automatically applied to your final invoice. To retain the Advanced Booking Rate discount, your event specifications and plans must not experience a material change in event parameters (menu, timing, service requirements), closer than 5 days before the event. The Interim Services Catering Guide lists both the standard rates as well as the Advanced Booking Discount rate. 

For more information about the timeline associated with booking an event, please review the GovState Booking Timeline.

Once you have your date set, please email a copy of the Arena Catering Requisition form to The catering requisition form has space to provide your thoughts on the services desired. However, Arena's Catering staff are happy to provide suggestions and work with you to finalize your selections for your catered event.

Arena has also created a Student Budget Catering Service Program for enrolled students and Recognized Student Organizations. Events utilizing the menu items in the Student Budget Catering Guide receive a reduced price for these menu items. Hosts utilizing Student Budget services pick up the products and supplies from the cafe during normal business hours. To learn more, please review the Interim Services Catering Guide.


There are a limited number of tables available for use for table-tent advertising in the Jaguar Dining Center. Please refer to the Table Tent Guidelines for details.

If you're interested in table-tent advertising, please submit a Table Tent Reservation Request. Complete the form and submit it to at least 7 days before the desired date for posting.


Your feedback and comments are very important to the success of the GovState dining program. There are many ways you can provide comments, concerns, commendations, and recommendations. Please choose the most convenient and comfortable method of contact:

Speak directly with the GovState Food Service Director

Fill out a comment card located in both the Jaguar Dining Center and C-Store at Prairie Place

Complete an Online Survey and Comment Card