Mobile app for on-campus food ordering launches at WU

Amelia Ma | Contributing Reporter

A mobile app that allows students to order on-campus meals from their phones was launched at the beginning of the spring semester.

With the Get Food app, students can place Dining Services orders from their phone and pick them up at the scheduled time and place to avoid long wait times.

The Get Food sign that hangs above the pick-up location in the DUC. Get Food has replaced Wash. U.’s former Web Food system.

The Get Food sign that hangs above the pick-up location in the DUC. Get Food has replaced Wash. U.’s former Web Food system.

Previously, Dining Services offered online ordering via WebFood, an online ordering system that was compatible only with Washington University computers. Working with the same company, Dining Services made the switch to the Get Food platform, an improved version of the WebFood application that accommodates both phones and desktops.

Currently, the app offers three food pick-up areas located in the Danforth University Center, the Village eatery and Bear’s Den, each with its own hours, and a pre-order delivery service called Kosher Express. To order food, a student must select Washington University—St. Louis upon first opening the app, log-in with their WUSTL Key, choose a pick-up location and place an order. The app provides the option for students to pay with meal points, Bear Bucks or a debit or credit card.

Director of marketing and communications for Dining Services April Powell strongly encourages students to use the new app to order food and says that the online ordering system benefits both the students and the staff.

“It’s super convenient, very easy to use and a great way to avoid standing in those crazy lines. If you have any sort of dietary needs, you’re able to identify specific food choices within the system,” Powell said.

The popularity of the app is gradually growing. Based on what she knows about the app, freshman Cindy Le said it was very useful.

“I never used it myself but heard that the ordering system is making life easier,” Le said. “I’ll definitely try it someday in the future.”

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