New app allows online food orders

Students at Truman State University can now order food from Einstein’s Bagels and Starbucks by downloading the Everyday App. Additionally, students can schedule their orders and choose a pickup time for them.

John Stewart, director of dining services, said the application is still early in its usage at the University, with it only becoming available to students this semester. Dining services are still fixing bugs and preparing to add additional features, such as the ability to use both dining dollars and meal swipes to pay for food. Currently, students can only use credit cards, debit cards, dining dollars or bonus bucks.

Stewart said Sodexo provides the app. Other universities and colleges have implemented the app across the country. 

Staff piloted the app last semester, with it being tested before becoming open to full use this semester. Stewart said they are still working on integrating online orders with in-person orders to ensure the smooth conduction of business. 

“Along with the ability to order online, it also has a view-only page for residence dining halls,” Stewart said. “You can go into it to see the day’s menu along with the hours of operation. If you have an on-campus meal plan, you can see how many meal swipes you have left, how many dining dollars you have left, so it’s going to be very beneficial once everybody gets used to it.” 

Ashley Brondwell, a Starbucks barista, said that she recommends people use it. By ordering online, they can schedule their order and pick it up directly rather than having to wait in line.