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We want to tackle food waste on campus and give you a great deal. 

In selected food outlets, you can get some hot meals and cold items for half price if you buy them 15 minutes before the lunch service ends or the outlet closes.

We cannot guarantee that there will be discounted items, as we don't always have food left. Drinks and retails items are not included.

Hot lunch meals

  • 15 minutes before lunch service ends, in outlets that offer a hot lunch service, some hot main meals will be discounted by 50%
  • If you want to take your food away you will need to bring your own container
  • Each outlet's discount time will depend on their opening times
  • Outlets:
    • Piazza Restaurant
    • Roger Kirk Centre
    • Vanbrugh Dining

Cold items

  • 15 minutes before the outlet closes, a select amount of ambient/chilled food will be discounted by 50%
  • The items discounted will be displayed clearly, and only these items will be discounted
  • The items will be food that is due to go out of date and cannot be kept, damaged items and any other items that would otherwise become waste
  • Each outlet's discount time will depend on their opening times
  • Outlets:
    • Cookies
    • Derwent Cafe
    • Hub Cafe
    • Library Cafe
    • Park Central
    • Piazza Starbucks
    • Roger Kirk Centre Cade
    • The Link
    • Vanbrugh Cafe
    • York Sport Cafe

Evening meals

Beginning on 18 September 2023, we are introducing a brand new food waste reduction scheme in

  • Piazza Restaurant
  • Vanbrugh Dining
  • Derwent Dining 
  • Roger Kirk Centre Galleria

You can visit any of these restaurants between 7.15pm and 7.30pm to purchase hot meals for just £2.50. With each purchase made, we will be donating £1 to a food based charity in York.

Meals are not guaranteed and subject to availability, and only food that would otherwise go to waste will be available to purchase. You can eat in our restaurant but if you wish to take your food away, you will need to bring your own container.