First year students in Albany, and all students in Troy are required to have a full meal plan.

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors living in Albany are required to have at least a commuter plan.

Yes! While commuters can choose from any meal plan or our 205 DCB plan.

Flex Dollars otherwise known as Bonus Dollars are attached to your resident meal plan.  They can spent like cash at any of these Dining at Russell Sage College locations:

  • McKinstry Dining Hall (Troy)
  • Buchman Grill (Troy)
  • EAT Cafe at Kahl Campus Center (Albany)
Declining Dollars are tax-free campus dollars that are bought on your own at any time.  They can be used for campus needs such as the bookstore and parking permits.

Yes!  Simple Servings, our award-winning and newly refreshed resident dining option in McKinstry Dining Room provides safe and appetizing food choices for those with food allergies, gluten intolerance, and those who prefer simple foods.  

All food handling associates have Aller-Train Certification.  For more details visit

We can accommodate any gluten free requests, please speak with our station attendants.

If you have dietary limitations beyond gluten, peanuts and tree nuts we are happy to accommodate you, please contact our General Manager, David Gaul, so we can ensure your needs are met. You may email David Gaul or stop by the campus dining office.