UNH Dining Services tries very hard to please as many students as it can and has won numerous awards for its efforts. The students who complain about the UNH campus food selection should realize that dining hall food has to be produced in mass quantity, so in the process of making large amounts of food, many of it may lose some of its flavor, hence the awful reputation that dining hall food has universally received. However, students have a say in how they want their food prepared through "napkin notes.” Students are encouraged to write suggestions and comments on their napkins and place them in a special box at the exit of the three main campus dining halls. Each napkin note is read and responded to via a napkin note board that is placed in the entrance of every dining hall. Many of the students’ concerns and wishes have been accommodated in this way.
While the food can get old on campus, Dining Services also has a “Cat’s Cache” program that allows students to put money on their student ID card, which can, in turn, be used at certain shops downtown to purchase food and many other items. This adds a little variety and excitement to the dining options considering that students aren’t limited to campus grounds when their stomachs start rumbling. Overall, the campus food services genuinely go out of the way to please students.