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Viking Dining News

Learn about this fall's dining options

Dear Students,

As we continue to repopulate campus, I am excited to let you know that limited on-campus dining has begun this week.  

Our new dining provider is Sodexo, with Gabby McDonough returning as dietitian and catering manager – welcome back, Gabby! – and many familiar faces joining her on the dining team. We are happy to have you at Salem State! 

Our partnership with Sodexo upholds many of the features that were put in place during last year’s dining review, which were based on significant campus input, including:

  • Requirements to meet a high level of food quality, freshness and variety  
  • Offering gluten-free and vegetarian options in Marsh Dining for each meal  
  • Access to food 24/7 in Marsh Dining 
  • A designated dietitian 

One new feature this year will be the ability to use the Starbucks app with rewards (in addition to Clipper Cash andDollars). 

Following is the dining schedule for the fall semester:  


Marsh Anytime Dining Commons
Now Open  
Sunday – Saturday: 24/7 
(with limited seating and contactless serving and pick-up) 

Starbucks at Viking Hall 
Begins 9/4 
Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 10 pm 
Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm 


North Campus Service Options 
Begins 9/1 
Monday – Friday: 11:30 am – 2 pm 

Dunkin’ Donuts 
Begins 8/31 
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 am – 8:30 pm 
Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm 


South Campus Breakfast and Sandwich Concept 
Begins 9/1 
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 2 pm  


Central Campus 
Marsh Dining Commons will offer 24/7limited indoor seating, compliant with state-regulations pertaining to indoor. Take-out food will also be available.  

** North Campus 
This fall, North Campus will offer lunch service only in the food court. This means that full service at Lower North will not be in place and there will be no food service in the faculty/staff dining room.  

Public Health and Safety Guidelines 
We are following Massachusetts restaurant guidelines related to how our food service can operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, these guidelines allow for take-out, physically distanced outdoor dining, and limited physically distanced indoor dining. State and local guidelines for food service are subject to change and we will communicate with you as changes occur. Masks are required in any shared spaces on campus, including all dining locations. As with all restaurants at this time, please be prepared to wait in a single file physically distance line (minimum 6 feet) that may extend outside of the building during peak times. And yes, masks are required while waiting in line and when entering and exiting dining facilities.  

Please note that the Sodexo website is still in process and will be published soon. 

I want to thank all members of the dining task force for their work this summer creating a dining RFP and establishing this new partnership. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback about Viking Dining. 


Carla Panzella, PhD
Associate Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students 

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