Campus Dining announces The Rally to replace Jamba Juice


Nicholas Ruano

The Rally at Cohen Student Union had its grand opening on Oct. 18.

Abigail Muth, Staff Writer

Jamba Juice ended its contract with FGCU at the end of last spring semester. Ever since, Campus Dining has been thinking of a fun, innovative replacement.

The new concept is to fill the vacant spot in Cohen Student Union with weekly rotating food truck services. Each vendor must provide its own register system, meaning they will not be accepting meal swipes or flex dollars for the time being. However, Campus Dining will be brainstorming ways to change that.

They are currently working on a “two-week schedule” meaning the food trucks will be announced a week in advance. However, since each company is responsible for its own menu and food, it may not be announced what they will be offering until they arrive.

The vendors will be on campus each week Tuesday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and have an exclusive contract with the Union, meaning they will not be able to set up their trucks on campus outside of those times due to health regulations and licenses.

“We’re starting a little bit slow. It’s still a proof of concept. If this works out it will give us opportunities to go from there,” Casey Garcia, Assistant Director of Business Services, said.

The vendors are unable to use the kitchen in Cohen for the time being and must bring their food for the day pre-cooked. This means they could run out throughout the course of the day, so make sure you get there with plenty of time to get the menu items you want.

The idea first came from the University of Central Florida which does something similar. The first food truck was scheduled to come on Oct. 4 but was pushed back due to the campus closing after Hurricane Ian.

While this is still a new concept, Campus Dining wants your feedback or suggestions on The Rally. Direct message them on the @shopfgcu or @fgcucampusdining Instagram pages.