For the first 25 years of the university's existence, students took their meal on campus in commons, a carry-over from the college tradition of the late eighteenth century. Supervised and managed by a steward responsible for the preparation and serving of meals, the commons appears to have offered a remarkably varied menu according to an early newspaper notice. Students at breakfast could look foward to a "a sufficiency of wholesome cold meats with wheat flour biscuit, or light loaf bread, butter, and tea or coffee." For dinner (lunch) the menu included "a course of bacon, or salted beef, with a suitable proportion of corn bread and fresh meats, such as beef, pork, mutton, or fowls, at least two kinds of vegetables, and at dinner on each Wednesday...an after course of pies, puddings, or panacakes with suitable sauces." Supper would bring only a "plentiful supply of tea or milk with a sufficiency of wheat flour biscuit and butter."
In 1810 a year's board cost nine dollars.
Since then, the University has used many facilities to provide Food Services for students here at UGA. Many of these buildings are presently being used for academic and office purposes. The oldest dining facility still in operation is Snelling Dining Commons, constructed in 1939, and is still serving meals today.
Many things have changed over the years. The University used to feed 50 students a day while today, 30,000 meals are served daily at the dining centers. Food choices were limited when room and board was first offered, but the menu today is extensive and the food choices rival the offerings of a five-star restaurant.
In 1995, The University of Georgia Food Services was awarded the prestigious Ivy Award for Excellence. This accolade is used to recognize the most outstanding restaurants and foodservice operations in the country for their commitment to quality and excellence. In 2002, the department received the Food Service Operator of the Year Award. The University of Georgia Food Services is one of the few Food Services that has received both of these accolades.
In 2004, the Department was awarded it's 50th Loyal E. Horton Menu Award for Excellence by the National Association of college and University Food Services. The University of Georgia is still the ONLY collegiate food service operation to reach this landmark — we currently have 72 Horton awards.
UGA Food Services hopes you enjoy your tour of our website and we look forward to seeing you in our many operations on campus.