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
  • Baked MKE – 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, Tropicana, Coca-Cola, American Bottling, Badger, Red Bull
  • LOCAL Companies – Milwaukee Pretzel, RISHI, Cedar Crest, Colectivo Coffee, Man & Moon Food, Nutrativa, Simple Soyman, Bakemark, Bunzels, Dr. Noodles, Elegant Foods, Mei Hua Market, V. Marchese

Our team of chefs, bakery staff and student staff follow tested recipes. We prepare nearly all of our food and ‘Grab and Go’ onsite. With our new online platform, GET, as orders are placed we begin building your desired meal fresh for you for convenient style pick-up style service in most of our locations.  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, 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. Recently, with the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have also updated and implemented units to meet and in many areas exceed the Local, State and University regulations.

We wash all of our fresh fruits and vegetables with natural ozone-infused water which kills harmful bacteria as an extra safety measure. In addition, our primary food delivery group called Performance Food Group maintains safety levels per local, state, and federal regulations.

We have an onsite Serv-safe Certified Proctor that certifies our Full-time management staff and the majority of our student supervisors across campus.

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 Net Nutrition, a mobile and online platforms 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
  • Composting with Compost Crusaders
  • Fryer Oil/Plastic/Cardboard/Aluminum Recycling
  • Made to Order meals and batch cooking concepts
  • Currently tray-less
  • Food Recovery Network

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.

New for 2020, all Faculty, Student, and Staff can utilize your smartphone by downloading your GET mobile app ordering platform. GET allows you to use your phone for purchases at a variety of units and your card will not be needed. 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.