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Big Orange Meal Share

Big Orange Meal Share is a short-term meal assistance program sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, Vol Dining, and Swipe Out Hunger.

Receiving Meals

Need temporary assistance in obtaining meals? The Big Orange Meal Share is a short-term assistance program that allocates meals to students in need. Big Orange Meal Share is also available during summer semesters and winter break. It is not available during holidays or administrative closing. Our office will review the application, determine eligibility, and notify you with a decision by email.

For questions regarding the application timeline and other questions, please contact

How do meals get added?

After reviewing your application, the Office of the Dean Students works in collaboration with Vol Dining to add meals directly to the student’s MyUTK account. There is no physical card and meals are added after you receive communication from the Dean of Students staff. When students visit the dining hall, they indicate they have guest meals to the cashier. Meals added to your MyUTK can be used at any all-you-care-to-eat dining facility, e.g., The Fresh Food Company in Stokely Hall, Southern Kitchen in Vol Halland Rocky Top Dining in the Presidential Courtyard during regular business hours. Summer dining locations are limited. To confirm on-campus dining hours and locations, please visit the Locations and Menus webpage.

Locations and Menus 

Note: Students who submit a second or third application may be asked to schedule a time to discuss your request and current meal allocation with a staff member in the Office of the Dean of Students.

Donating Meals

How can I donate my guest meals to the Big Orange Meal Share?

Steps to donate guest meals

  1. Open the GET App
  2. Click Donate a Meal
  3. Select Guest Meal plan
  4. Select the number of meals you want to donate. (Note: You can choose up to five guest meals based on how many you have remaining.)
  1. Donate

Donate funds

You can donate funds to support the Big Orange Meal Share and Big Orange Meal Plan Scholarship. Give to support Big Orange Meal Share.

Still have questions about the program? Give us a call at 865-974-3179 or email