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pioneer catering

MVNU's dining commons are operated by Pioneer College Caterers, Inc. We specialize in contract meals at Christian University campuses throughout the United States. Our main purpose is to provide you with the highest possible quality food at a reasonable price.

We work to insure our students are provided with a well-balanced and varied menu. We also work to heighten their awareness of nutrition through our nutritional awareness program. 

If your son or daughter is going to be spending a special holiday or birthday away from home, we have a "treat list" that may be just what is needed. Please feel free to use the online order form. We look forward to serving you and your student.

At All Meals We Offer:

  • at least 4 fresh fruits
  • assorted cereal bar
  • soft-serve and hard-dipped ice cream
  • beverage bar (hot and cold varieties)
  • assorted canned fruits and puddings
  • "make your own" Belgian waffle bar with assorted toppings


  • breakfast entree (pancakes, french toast, etc.)
  • breakfast meat and featured potato
  • scrambled eggs
  • variety egg dish (fried, poached, etc.)
  • made to order eggs and omelets
  • hot cereal
  • hot biscuits and gravy
  • assorted breads & pastries with jelly &spreads
  • assorted fruit juices

Lunch and Dinner:

  • two fresh hot entrees
  • appropriate side dishes
  • two homemade soups
  • complete salad bar with varied toppings and dressings
  • made to order sub station with premium meats, cheeses, and fresh baked sub rolls
  • made to order burritos
  • demonstration cooking
  • grill line
  • freshly prepared pizza (cheese, pepperoni, special of the day)
  • carved roast meats (dinner, Monday-Thursday)
  • premium night offered every week with chicken tenderloin, steak, or other premium entrees
  • At least five fresh fruits, cereal bar (6 varieties), hard dip ice cream and soft serve frozen yogurt (8 varieties), beverage bar (12 varieties), assorted canned fruits, puddings, pastries or desserts

In Addition We Offer Monotony Breakers:
Fresh cobbler, ice your own cupcakes or sugar cookies, make your own sundae, hot pretzels and more.

Theme Dinners:
Oktoberfest, Luau, Christmas Special, International Fest, Late Night Pancake Supper and much more.


We have developed our unique, copyrighted nutritional awareness program as part of the total service we provide our clients. The program will inform our students, faculty and staff about their dietary choices -- and how these can affect their health. We feel the obligation to help our "customers" make dietary choices that count toward their total wellness.

We designed the program under the direction of a physician and a dietitian, who are available to consult with Pioneer at any time. Ask our dietitian.

The program has many different facets:

  • A handbook titled "Your Foodservice Presents: A MATTER OF CHOICE, PROPER NUTRITION — A KEY TO BETTER HEALTH," is given to each boarding student at the beginning of the school year. It discusses some basic facts about nutrition such as dietary guidelines, the food pyramid, nutrients, and much more.

    This handbook features a specific emphasis on fat gram management as a way to healthier eating. Each service area will have a listing of foods served, recommended serving sizes, and the fat grams per serving. These are handy reminders to our diners about the importance of restricting fat in their diet.
  • A variety of framed posters containing nutritional information are also displayed in the cafeteria. Look for a rotation of subjects throughout the school year. You are encouraged to use these as daily reminders of the healthy choices offered to you.
  • Newsletters that highlight a new topic, or topics, are also available, covering subjects such as stress management, vitamins, our junk food diet, etc. In addition to a featured topic, the FYI section lists nutritional "factoids" gathered from other sources, such as diet and nutrition newsletters and trade publications. Seven editions are published during the school year.
  • Nutri-Notes table tents are sent to our clients each month along with the monthly newsletters. They serve as interesting reminders about some new facet of wellness and are a very visible part of our program, serving to keep the whole program in front of our students.
  • An attractive display area, containing other source materials, is the focal point to our managers. They can help a student with a particular question that might not be covered in the other aspects of our program.

The program was designed with the assistance of a physician and dietician. We can make the additional support of a dietitian available to any of our clients on a consulting basis, if required.

We will strive to make this program another part of your students preparation for life. Our goal is to help students make a commitment to a healthy diet — one that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives!