Penn State Altoona has only three places to eat on campus. All students who live on campus are required to get a meal plan because there are no amenities in the dorms to cook meals other than microwaves. The places to get food on campus include Port-Sky Café, Coasters Coffee Bar, and Common Grounds Convenience Store. Port-Sky Café is where people can get hot sandwiches, salad bar items, pizza, made-to-order wraps and sandwiches, coffee, milkshakes, and special items featured on that day's menu. This becomes the main place to eat for most students because it is open until 10 p.m., while the other places close earlier. The prices vary from the standard price for a bag of chips to a fairly higher price for made-to-order items.
Coasters Coffee Bar, named after the roller coasters that once occupied the campus in the early 20th century, offers handmade chocolate chip cookies, fresh salads and sandwiches made that day, made-to-order coffees and teas, bottled drinks, hot soups of the day, and pastries. The coffee bar is located in the Hawthorn classroom building, the newest building on campus, and is very convenient for students on the go from class to class. Coasters accepts cash, LionCash, and meal plan dollars. The Common Grounds Convenience Store offers many regular convenience store items such as packaged pastries and boxed lunch items like Lunchables and do-it-yourself pre-portioned pastas, but there are also fresh salads, fruit, parfaits, bagels, and sandwiches. The store is located in the Slep Student Center and is a great amenity for students who would like to snack on something while studying.