In a surprise announcement, Columbia Dining announced on Friday that JJ’s Place will remain open during Spring Break. While it will be open, it will operate on different hours, running from 10AM to 7PM. To meet student needs, it will accept standard meal plans.
Over the past few years, students and organizations such as FLIP have asked for dining halls to remain open over break to support food insecure students. In the past, Dining has sold break packs of goods that students could purchase to make on their own while dining halls were closed.
From a post on the Columbia University Dining Facebook account:
Due to popular demand, JJ’s will be open during Spring Break and you can use your Meal Plan!!!
Hours: Saturday, March 12th through Sunday, March 20th from 10am to 7pm
We have reached out to Dining for more information.
Columbia Dining has provided an update about the new policy. We have reached out to Barnard Dining and will update this article again if we get a response.
The need for on-campus dining during academic breaks has been discussed with student leaders in the past, but has been too costly to pursue. Last summer, we completed two major infrastructure projects (Ferris Booth staircase and John Jay plumbing), which now allows us to focus resources elsewhere. JJ’s Place will open this year during spring recess on a limited schedule. We’ll assess usage and then determine the need and feasibility to continue the service for future break periods.