Dining & Meal Plans

All students living in the residence halls are required to be on a meal plan. There are a variety of meal plans students can choose from.

If you would like more information on Dining Services, contact Housing & Residence Life at housing@winona.edu.

We have a variety of options to meet your dining needs while on campus.  These options are based on where you live.  Refer to the information below to learn more about how each type of meal plan works.


Traditional Halls (Lourdes, Maria, Kirkland-Haake, Sheehan, Prentiss-Lucas, Conway, Richards, Morey-Shepard):

Students living in the traditional residence halls are required to be on a meal plan and can choose one of four plans.  Residential meal plan options are 7, 10, 14, or 19 meals per week with a balance of Kryzsko Kash.

East Lake Apartments/Sustainability House:

Students living at the East Lake Apartments or the Sustainability Housing have the option to choose a residential meal plan or a Block Plan.


Off-Campus Students & WSU Employees:

Students living off campus and WSU Employees have the option to choose a Block Plan.


Meal plans are not available during the summer.

The residential meal plans at Winona State University are based on a certain number of meals per week. Meal plans begin on Friday and end on Thursday.

For example, if a student chooses a 14 Meal Plan, they will have 14 meals to use for that week. If they only use 10 meals by the end of the week (Thursday), they will lose the remaining meals, and another 14 meals will be available starting on Friday.

Your Meal Plan and Kryzsko Kash are loaded onto your Student ID card.

Residential meal plans are only to be used by the owner of the meal plan.  You are not able to swipe a meal for someone else to use.

There are two different block plan options available.  Unlike the residential meal plans, the Block Plan does not limit how many meals per week you want to use. For example, you could use 3 meals one week and 14 meals another week. Each meal is simply deducted from your overall balance.

The Block Plan can be used for meals in either Jack Kane Dining Center or Lourdes Dining Center, as well as at any retail location on campus.  Venues include:  Zane's in Kryzsko Commons, Somsen Café, and Einstein Bros Bagels/Caribou Coffee in Krueger Library.

75 Block Plan 

The 75 Block Plan is a declining balance; each time you swipe your card for a meal it is subtracted from your 75 meal total. Once the meals are used, you have the option to purchase another 75 Block Meal Plan or a 35 Block Plan.

35 Block Plan

If you have purchased and used your 75 Block Plan and would like more meals, you then have the additional option of choosing a 35 Block Plan.  This plan works the same as the 75 Block Plan but just has fewer meals included.  This option is great for students who have used up their meals mid-Semester and need a few extra before the end of the year.

Students can choose to purchase one or multiple Block Plans at one time.

Block Plan Agreement 

By selecting a meal plan, students are agreeing to the following terms:

  • A Block Plan may not be canceled once a meal has been used
  • Kryzsko Kash is non-refundable whether or not any amount has been used
  • Any remaining meals and/or Kryzsko Kash from Fall Semester will automatically transfer to Spring Semester
  • Any unused meals and/or Kryzsko Kash at the end of Spring Semester will be lost and will not be refunded
  • Credit will not be given for any unused meals

Kryzsko Kash is a fund of money that is included with a 7, 10, 14, or 19 meal plan. It is also an option for the 75 and 35 Meal Block Plan.

Kryzsko Kash gives you the flexibility to eat at other Dining locations on campus. Each purchase you make is deducted from your total balance. When you use Kryzsko Kash, you do not need to pay tax on your purchase like you would with other forms of payment such as cash, credit card, or Purple Pass.

Kryzsko Kash must be used by the end of spring semester or you will lose any remaining funds. Kryzsko Kash is not refundable.

If you use all of your Kryzsko Kash and would like more funds available, you can purchase more Kryzsko Kash on your Housing Portal in $50 increments.

Purple Pass is a program that allows you to load money onto your Student ID card and use it like a debit card at a variety of places on campus and around Winona.

You can use Purple Pass to buy meals, beverages and snacks at dining locations and also make purchases at the WSU Bookstore, color printing in the Library and more. 

Purple Pass is not tied to your meal plan at all. It is an additional fund of money that you control how much to deposit, and it always carries over from semester to semester.

Set up your Purple Pass and deposit funds today!

Students living in on-campus housing will select a meal plan through the housing application process via their Housing Portal.

Students living off-campus can request an Off-Campus Block plan on their Housing Portal. Simply login to e-services with your StarID and password and click on "Housing & Dining". Once you are logged in, select "Manage my Meal Plan" from the menu on the top or drop down on the left side of the page.

Once a meal plan is selected, it will take 1-2 business days to be added to your account for use.

Residential Meal Plan

Students who want to change their meal plan can submit a request via their Housing Portal.

Students can increase their meal plan at any time throughout the semester.

Students are able to decrease their meal plan by 4:30pm on the 10th class day of the semester:

  • Sept. 4, 2020 (for Fall Semester)
  • Jan. 22, 2021 (for Spring Semester)

Block Plans

Changes can be made to a Block Plan if the plan has not been used.  If any meals have been used, the Block Plan cannot be changed or canceled.

All charges for meal plans are added to the student’s account approximately 1-2 business days after choosing a meal plan.  Refer to the Cost of Attendance for information on meal plan rates.

If you require a special diet, the Chartwells staff is ready to help you find foods you can enjoy.

Contact Sarah Nicklay, a registered dietitian, at sarah.nicklay@compass-usa.com to set up a meeting. During this meeting, a conversation will focus on the following to develop a plan that fits your dining needs:

  • your specific allergy or medical condition
  • a review of menu items and ingredients used
  • specialty products you may need
  • cross-contamination concerns

Students can track their meals used and Kryzsko Kash balances online through GET Funds.

Throughout the academic year, weekly dining advisory meetings are held. These meetings are student-led through the Residence Housing Association and include:

  • student representatives from all of the residence halls
  • Student Senate
  • Director of Housing & Residence Life
  • Director of the Student Union
  • individuals from the Dining Services Management team

RHA holds hall meetings every Monday evening where students have an opportunity to submit questions and comments to Chartwells Dining Services staff. These comments are presented at the dining advisory meetings and as a team we address the issues and opportunities to help educate students on how to get the most out of their dining experience here at WSU. Updates and upcoming dining events are also shared.