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Meet this month's Innovator of the Month – Central Washington University Dining.

Innovator of the Month: Central Washington University Dining steps up to offer safe but appealing meal choices for its coronavirus-restricted customers

From debuting a mobile ordering option and rolling out a new healthy eating concept to offering pop-ups, culinary competitions and giveaways, CWU’s foodservice team has tried to maintain its momentum toward building a high-impact campus dining program despite trying times.

Like the rest of the higher education market, the campus dining program at Central Washington University (CWU) has had to cope with the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic that curtailed customer counts and forced operational changes. In the case of CWU, it meant an accelerated move into mobile ordering, a severe restriction on in-venue seating and dining that prompted alternative ways to promote (safe) socialization and community building, and revisions of plans on opening new venues

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