A largely self-contained portion of the BYU campus houses the Missionary Training Center (MTC), where 3,000 young men and women attend eight-week courses focused on learning foreign languages and cultures and preparing to go on missions encouraged by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Young men between the ages of 19 and 25 are expected to serve a two-year mission, often overseas, while young women of at least age 21 are expected to serve 18 months.
The MTC cafeteria must serve 3,000 people in 40-minute shifts over a two-hour window. It now offers diners a choice of four distinct food platforms. BYU Dining's cafeteria in the MTC serves three meals a day to these trainees in a â€śmilitary-styleâ€ť format dictated by the need to accommodate 3,000 people in a two-hour window (the trainees come in shifts, with each getting 40 minutes to eat). The trainees are cloistered, so it is basically a captive audience, and the cafeteria is closed to ...
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