Food Ordering App Now Available on UTEP Campus
Last Updated on April 23, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Originally published April 23, 2018
By Jesse Martinez
With a busy schedule and limited time between classes, it can be difficult to make time for a quick meal on campus. But thanks to a new app, UTEP students, faculty and staff can order their food with a tap.
The University of Texas at El Paso Food Services has partnered with Tapingo to allow mobile food and drink orders at a variety of locations across campus. Students, faculty and staff can use their Miner Gold Card or credit card to pay for their order through the app on their smartphones or tablets, and they will be notified when their food is ready.
“If you are in your office or in you’re class and you think, ‘I’m hungry … but I don’t have time (to eat).’ You can always just order from your phone, pick it up and go back to your car and do whatever you need to do,” said Diana Fierro, marketing coordinator for Sodexo Food Services at UTEP.
Marisol Flores, a senior majoring in finance, said she sees herself using the app, especially during finals.
“(It would be helpful) between classes when you don’t have a lot of time, or during finals when you are studying and don’t want to wait for food,” Flores said.
Jonathan Sanchez, a recent UTEP graduate who now works in technology support at the University Library, said he doesn’t have a set time for his lunch break.
Sanchez said he spends about 20 minutes each day waiting to order and pick up his food, and he can see himself using Tapingo.
“If I’m busy on the phones, I can order and pick it up right across the street,” Sanchez said.
Tapingo, pronounced like flamingo, is available at a majority of dining services across campus. Locations that offer a grab-and-go service are not currently participating.
The following is a list of locations that have partnered with Tapingo:
- Einstein Bros. Bagels
- El Sazón Minero
- Jamba Juice
- Jazzman's Café and Bakery
- Mein Bowl
- Sandella's Flatbread Café
- Sunrise Sizzle/ El Sazón Minero Express
Currently, Tapingo only supports mobile orders for pickup. Fierro says delivery could be available at a later date.