Trailhead Café FAQ

Do I need two meal plans (with SU and ESF)?
If you are a first-year student living in Centennial Hall, you must choose either an SU 10+ Trailhead Meal Plan, or an SU 14 Meal Plan (or larger SU plan). A Trailhead Meal Plan will allow you to eat on the SUNY-ESF campus and use your non-taxable declining balance Trailhead dollars for these purchases. Additionally, students who use a Trailhead Meal Plan receive a 5% discount on food purchases and pay no sales tax, ultimately saving 13% with every purchase. Trailhead meal plans are also available to ESF upperclassmen and transfer students, regardless of housing or class status.

Trailhead Meal Plans are meant to work in combination with a required Syracuse University plan for first-year students living in Centennial Hall.  This combination offers the best value and ensures that you will have the best range of meal choices, dining facility locations and operating hours to choose from.  Many students will eat breakfast or lunch at the Trailhead Café at ESF, while eating dinner at an SU dining hall.

When does my Trailhead Meal Plan meal plan begin?
Your ESF meal plan will begin on Tuesday, August 19th.

Can I still sign up for a meal plan?
Yes. You will have two weeks from the start of the semester to add or change your meal plan. You may do so by logging onto If you would like to sign up for a meal plan after the first two weeks from the start of the semester, please visit the Bursar’s Office.

When will I receive my Trailhead Dining Card?
First year students can pick up their Trailhead Dining Cards in the Gateway Center during Orientation on August 19, 2014 from 9am-1pm. Transfer students can pick up their Trailhead Dining Cards in the Gateway Center on August 22 from 7:30am-9:30am. Students should bring at least one form of photo ID with them when they come to pick up their Trailhead Dining Card. After those two distribution days, any remaining cards can be picked up from the Trailhead Café in the Gateway Center.

How do I add money to my Trailhead Dining Card?
Once you have selected your meal plan and receive your Trailhead Dining card, register for GET Funds at From here you will be able to add Trailhead Dollars to your account, review balances and more.

Where can I find the hours and menu options of the Trailhead Café?
You can see our hours, menu, and more by finding us on Facebook at or by visiting The Trailhead Café is open for breakfast & lunch, and the menu features local ingredients.

Will the Trailhead Café allow me to take food to go?
Yes, you can take your food to go. The Trailhead offers an Eco To-Go program as part of their increasing efforts for a more sustainable and eco-friendly dining experience. Talk to a member of the Trailhead team to learn more.

What should I do if I lose my Trailhead Dining Card?
Lost or stolen Trailhead Dining Cards must be reported immediately. Log onto GET Funds at to report it lost or stolen and alert a manager at the Trailhead Café.

Can I work at the Trailhead Café?
We are consistently reviewing student applications. Contact Jennie Stowell, Director of Human Resources in Morrisville at 315.684.6700 or for more information.

Who should I call if I have problems with my Trailhead Dining Card?
If you have problems with your Trailhead Dining Card contact the Morrisville College ID Office at 315.684.6052 or

What if I have questions about my Trailhead Meal Plan?
Speak to a member of our team or contact Diana Johnson, Director of Dining Services, at 315-684-6090 or

The Trailhead Café

The Trailhead Café

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The Trailhead Café, an eatery located in the beautiful Gateway Center, anchors the large main concourse area and serves as a comfortable gathering place for all members of the ESF community. The Trailhead's creative menu provides dining options for almost every diet, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free, and supports New York State producers, growers and manufacturers by purchasing many products within the state. The Trailhead strives to provide excellent customer service while also being environmentally-conscious. The Trailhead Café is operated by the Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation.

Trailhead Meal Plans with Trailhead Dollars, cash, debit and credit cards are all accepted. The Trailhead Café does not accept SUpercards.

The Trailhead takes Trailhead Dining Dollars!

Regular Hours

  • Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday: 11:30am - 3pm

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