MSU brings big changes to food services due to staff shortage


LANSING, Michigan (WLNS) – Michigan State University (MSU) is experiencing a staffing shortage and in turn is changing its restaurant operations.

From Friday, September 24, the residential dining rooms will be closed to the public until further notice. Only those with an MSU ID will be allowed to enter.

“Closing our dining halls to the public was a tough decision,” MSU Food Service said. “However, it is our responsibility to minimize the impact of labor and food supply chain shortages and to maintain our commitment to high quality customer service.”

Faced with the challenges of COVID-19 that have created staff shortages, MSU’s Culinary Services are seeking creative solutions to serve and meet the dietary needs of Spartan students.

MSU is looking for ways to change its operations to continue to provide quality service to students, faculty and support staff.

Their main goal is to keep all catering facilities as efficient as possible to stay operational and to feed students on campus.

Second, MSU is reducing the hours for Heritage Commons in Landon and Vista in Shaw in order to consolidate the neighborhood staff.

Both locations will offer breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will close on Saturday and Sunday.

Students living in the West Circle Halls can visit Brody Square as an alternative dining location and students living in Shaw can visit The Gallery at Snyder / Phillips as an alternate dining location.

Starbucks will also reduce its hours. At 1855 Place, the hours will be: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Wells Hall, the hours will be: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 3 pm; Closed on weekends.

The Sparty mini-market will remain closed. The following locations have delayed start: Sparty’s in Brody, Case and Hubbard, The Vista in Shaw, Starbucks at 1855 Place and Wells Hall and MSU Union Food Court.

MSU actively hires anyone who is hard working and willing to help out in the dining halls. They are looking for workers who can work quickly and efficiently to provide customers with a rewarding experience.

While dealing with staff shortages, team members across the Residential and Hospitality Services Division are stepping up and volunteering in catering operations to ensure students are fed.

MSU’s Culinary Services continue to monitor operations and adjust hours and services as staffing levels improve; however, some of these changes may persist throughout the fall semester.

For more information you can contact (517) -884-0660 or email [email protected]


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