Students living in quarantine at Morehead State University are having to alter their meal plans in Nunn Hall, the university’s designated quarantine dormitory.
Nunn Hall became the isolation dormitory as part of the university’s COVID-19 plan to reopen for the fall semester after cutting short the spring semester’s face to face classes. While in isolation, students have to order and receive their meals from a food delivery service.
“It’s primarily sourced from The Rock but there are some opportunities for students to use meal vouchers to get limited meals from ADUC,” said Max Ammons, the dean of students. “I’d say 99% of the meals are off the menu from The Rock.”
Students have to order their meals online the day before. Same-day delivery is available for students who are just moving in or who forgot to place an order.
“We don’t want them to go without a meal,” said Ammons. “They still have an opportunity to place their meals for same-day delivery, but they’re told that if they do that, they can’t be guaranteed their menu selection. But we will get something up there to them.”
Food is delivered to the main lobby inside Nunn three times a day during designated mealtimes. Once they’re delivered, a live-in staff member takes the individually wrapped meals to each floor’s lobby for the students to grab.
“There’s a specific time where they can leave their room to get their meals,” said Ammons. “They’d go down to the elevator lobby and pick the meal up off a table and then take it back to their room.”
Regardless of a student’s previous meal plan, they’re eligible to receive three meals a day.
Different schedules on the weekends can make it difficult for students to order their meals. Extra food is included in some meals to mitigate these issues.
“If a student orders a Friday dinner not only does it come with their meal selection, but it also comes with a nonperishable snack pack so that the student has some extra food if they happen to forget to put a meal order in,” said Ammons.
Quarantined students can receive care packages and groceries from friends or family every afternoon. Those wanting to deliver packages must coordinate with the student and follow specific guidelines. Microwaves have also been added to each floor and delivery services are working on microwave-safe containers.
“We are continuously assessing what feedback we’re hearing and what the situation on the ground might be so we can make things better,” said Ammons.