Meal Plan Overview

Students at Johnson University Tennessee enjoy multiple options for on-campus dining. Gally Commons, the main dining hall, offers a variety of culinary choices. Meal plans feature all-you-can-eat dining and vary in the number of meals allotted per week. Traditional meal plans consist of 17, 13, or 9 meals per week; block meal plans consist of 225, 190, or 130 meals per term. Block plans allow students to use as few or as many meals as they want per week. Additionally, students with this plan can use their plans to pay for another person’s meal. Unused meals do not carry over from one term to the next. Students can request information about the number of meals they have used at the dining facilities.

In addition to the main dining hall, The River Grill provides casual, made-to-order options. Students may use part of their meal plan for the Grill. The Underground Starbucks® Coffee Shop serves snacks and specialty coffee drinks in a quiet setting.

Dorm residents are required to select a meal plan by submitting a Meal Plan Selection Form on the student portal for the term(s) they will enroll at Johnson University Tennessee. Students who do not select a plan will be automatically enrolled in the traditional 17 meals per week plan. Students may change their meal plan at any time before registration day by completing another Meal Plan Selection Form. Students are not permitted to change their meal plan after registration day.

Gally Hours of Operation

The Gally Commons Dining Facility provides buffet-style meals and operates during the following hours:

Sunday Monday Tuesday-Friday Saturday
Breakfast 7:00 – 8:30 am
Brunch 10:45 am – 12:45 pm 10:45 am – 12:45pm
Lunch 10:45 am – 1:00 pm
Lite Lunch 12:45 – 5:00 pm 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Dinner 4:45 – 5:45 pm 5:00 – 6:30 pm 5:00 – 6:30 pm 5:00 – 6:00 pm


Below are the meal plan rates for 2024-2025 academic year:

Traditional Plans (Meals per Week) River Grill or Habaneros “Exchange Meals” per Week Cost per Semester
Plan A – 17 meals 5 meals $2,250
Plan B – 13 meals 3 meals $2,044
Plan C – 9 meals 1 meal $1,830
Block Plans (Meals per Term) River Grill or Habaneros “Exchange Meals” per Week Cost
Plan D – 225 meals 5 meals $2,250
Plan E – 190 meals 3 meals $2,044
Plan F – 130 meals 1 meal $1,830

Flex Dollars

Flex Dollars work as cash that can be used at the Gally Commons, River Grill, Underground Starbucks® Coffee Shop, and ARC food court (Habaneros, Starbucks®, and smoothies).

Students may purchase up to $500 in Flex Dollars at any time during the term. Purchases of $10 or more will receive a 10% bonus in value. For example, if a student purchases $50.00 in Flex Dollars, they actually receive $55.00. Unused Flex Dollars can carry forward from term to term and year to year as long as you are a current student. Flex Dollars are non-refundable. To purchase Flex Dollars, you can visit the Pioneer College Caterers site, pay at the register as you enter the dining hall, or have the dollar amount added to your student account by completing the Flex Dollar form on the student portal.

Treat orders

Pioneer College Caterers’ Flex & Treat options make it easy to send a special treat to a friend or family member on campus. Visit the Pioneer College Caterers site to place a treat order using your Flex Dollars.

  • Birthday Cake: Choose the cake flavor and the icing flavor and color.
  • Cookies by the dozen: Fresh-baked gourmet cookies are just a few clicks away.
  • Whole fresh fruit: Send a healthier option with 14 pieces of whole fresh fruit.
  • Giant 1/2 pound cookie: Our heart shaped, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie decorated with white cream and milk chocolate icing can include a personalized message with up to five words.
  • Survival Pack: Easy grab-and-go snack items lift spirits and provide sustenance for long study sessions.