Frequently Asked Questions

Our primary vendor for the University comes from Performance Food Group. We also have a variety of specialty vendors that deliver our more select foods:

  • Alpha Baking – Fresh daily baked breads
  • Miller Baking Co. – Fresh daily doughnuts
  • SAS – Primary packaged retail distributor
  • Pepsi – Primary pour rights
  • Lipari – All natural / organic provider
  • Rooftop & On-Campus Gardens – Grown & harvested fruits, vegetables, and herbs
  • Assorted Beverage Companies – General Beverage, Naked, 7-Up, Coca-Cola, American Bottling, Webb & Gerritsen, Badger
  • Learn-Earn-Grow Milwaukee – Locally grown food partnering with Milwaukee Public Schools
  • LOCAL Companies – Milwaukee Pretzel, La-Coppa, RISHI, Cedar Crest, Colectivo Coffee

Our team of chefs, bakery staff and student staff follow tested recipes. The majority of our prepared food is prepared right in front of the customer to order.  The “comfort food” items are, at minimum, prepared in our batch cooking concept (one pan at a time). We have also created our unique concept in deconstructing dishes and have the customer create their meal the way they want. We prepare the majority of our bakery and our entire grab n’ go menu daily in house. Our recipes use the freshest available ingredients including produce from our own gardens and local farms. To see our menus, please visit our location page to choose and view your desired location.

It starts with our New Employee training program which includes Serving it Safe, Sanitation and Hygiene, Knife Handling and Customer Service Policies. We do a scheduled walk through by our managerial staff to ensure we are adhering to our strict safety policies. All operations are regularly visited by the Health Department.

Our food sources have strict safety and handling procedures in place and are known to have impeccable records. Some examples include Markon fresh vegetables and Jones Dairy Farm breakfast meats. In addition to these measures, we wash all of our fresh fruits and fresh vegetables with natural ozone infused water which kills harmful bacteria.

For all student supervisor and full time staff it is required that each holds Serv Safe Certificate. We also have each of our managerial staff CPR certified.

The best place to find a variety of information and current events is on our website!

Each unit is listed on our Locations and Hours page. Here you can find our menus, hours and our Facebook pages.

Each unit has digital signage players that display our menus and any upcoming events. We also have iPad stations at each Café for the customers to access our nutritional page.

Money can be added to meal plans at any time. Additional deposits are dollar-for-dollar, the administration fee is charged only once per semester. Meal plan additions can be done at: or at the Cash Value Center located near Sandburg C134

You can also add to your Gold Account at any time in person at the Panther Card Office in Union W143, at the UWM Bookstore, or at Sandburg Hall Main Desk.

Meal Plan Refunds: If a positive balance remains on a student’s meal plan at the end of the academic year, it will be refunded as a credit to their PAWS account less a $10 administrative fee.

We have a variety of practices including:

  • Rooftop Gardens
  • Raised Bed Gardens
  • L.O.C.A.L. Living Operating Consuming Acquiring Locally
  • Composting with Sanimax
  • Compostable disposable containers
  • Fryer Oil/Plastic/Cardboard/Aluminum Recycling
  • Made to Order meals and batch cooking concepts

Please visit our Sustainability page for more information on all our practices.

UWM makes every effort to identify ingredients that may cause an allergic reaction to those with food allergies. There is always a risk of contamination from customer interaction and production environment. There is also a possibility that the manufactures of the commercial food we use could change the formula or substitute a product at any time.

Plan Ahead: If you will be living in a Residence Hall please fill out our Allergy Request Form. Our Assistant Director, Brian Vetter, reviews each of these requests and works with everyone to enable them to make informed dining choices. Introduce yourself to the managerial and student staff so they can also facilitate your dining choices.

New for Fall 2015 UW-Milwaukee has implemented Net Nutrition.

With this program you are able to choose your meal before setting foot in the dining facility. You will be able to utilize this program to find out the caloric value of your meal, plan meals if you have special accommodation and much more!

Our campus also uses dietary symbols to inform customers about food choices. To see detailed descriptions of our symbols, please visit our Dietary Information page.

For your security we will not manually type in your Id number without your ID present. If you have your PantherCard and it is not readable, we will manually type in your student Id number for one meal. You will need to go to Panther Card Services located in the Student Union room 143 to purchase a new PantherCard. They are located just down the south corridor from the Union Grind.

The Eatery is a brand new café that features hot meals, bakery items, fried foods, deli station, and a fruit & salad bar! The Eatery also includes a mini convenience store, making it a one-stop shop to grab fresh & delicious food and all your grocery needs!

  • Find the daily menu and other info here!