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Food Guidelines

Fall 2021 Food Service and Sales Guidelines

RSOs can utilize the following options if they choose to have food at their events.  

Regardless of method chosen below, all ingredients for all food items must be displayed alongside the food items.  

  1. RSOs can order food from Sodexo. BOTH prepackaged and buffet foods are permitted if Sodexo staffs and caters the event. You can reserve food from Sodexo through Book-It. Sodexo can provide a list of food ingredients for all food items. 
  2. Offer pre-packed individually wrapped foods purchased at a store. 
    1. Pre-packed examples: Snack Sized Chips, Pretzels, Popcorn, Muffins, Oreos, cookies, candy or Canned Soda.  An RSO may not buy a large size item and then repackage it themselves into smaller sizes. There is a list of ingredients on the back of each individual package 
  3. Offer pre-packaged single serving-sized food from a professional/commercial kitchen that has been prepared within applicable health department guidelines for the express purposes of distribution.  The food must be packaged by the vendor. All commercial kitchens can provide a list of ingredients for any food item(s)
    1. Commercial Kitchen Examples: Panera Catering, Chipotle Catering, Krispy Kreme Glazed Donuts (Donuts would need to be individually wrapped OR offered by the box), Pizza by the slice (Pizza slices would need to be boxed by the vendor), Mama Floras Catering, Mexican Mariachi Catering. 

Food Trucks are not permitted this year. 

Food may be given away in multiple locations across campus; however, food may only be consumed during an event/program in the following spaces: BSC 100E/W, BSC 225 E/W, BSC Atrium, ED 212, Business Building Lounge, outdoor spaces or other spaces requested and approved by OSI.  

Students should maintain physical distance while eating at events, both indoor and outdoors.  

Food may be given away or given away with a suggested donation.  Please read below for further instruction.

Service of Food for Free or for “Recommended Donations”

Student Organizations that are serving food at an event or that are providing food with a recommended donation must utilize the following guideline checklist. These items represent best practices in food safety and are highly encouraged. 

  1. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.  
  2. All food should be picked up and transported immediately before the service begins. 
  3. During transport, food should be handled and placed in a manner that does not expose it to contaminants or excessive heat/cold.
  4. No foods should be served more than 2 hours after preparation/pickup without proper heating or refrigeration.
  5. Foods that are required to be kept hot/cold, can not be served for more than 2 hours without proper temperature maintenance (Sterno, warmer, cooler, thermos or insulated serving vessel, and/or thermometer) — If a sterno is used, please fill out a TCNJ candle waiver.
  6. Foods that are required to be kept hot/ cold, and that utilize proper temperature maintenance, can not be served for more than 4 hours. 
  7. At the end of these time windows for hot/cold foods, your food is no longer safe for consumption. Please dispose of it appropriately. 
  8. Foods that are liquid (or that have melted to liquid) should be either taken with you or disposed of in the specialized service disposal. This can be accessed by asking the info desk for help. 
Suggested Donations

Food can be serviced or given away with the request of a donation. Donations are just that, donations. Donations can be for the suggested amount or for more if the student chooses. This donation should not be confused with a food sale. Please ensure that all advertisements and signage identifies your suggested donations and not “sale” prices. Terms like “Food Sale” are not applicable because this is a service of food for suggested donation, not a sale. 

For questions related to the Student Organization Food Usage Guidelines, please contact involvement@tcnj.edu.

 

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