First Year Meal Plans
-- Meals per week options begin on Friday morning and end late Thursday night. Any available meals not used by Thursday night will be lost and a new 20 meals per week option will start Friday morning.
-- First years are required to purchase this meal plan, unless they are commuting students. Please contact the College House Administration to determine if you are classified as a commuter student.
-- Even if you are a commuting student, you are available to purchase a meal plan. Please contact Lori Foust in the Housing Office to arrange.
Frequently Asked Questions
Campus dining features our main dining hall, also referred to as the Restaurants at Ben Franklin (RBF). In the dining hall, students have the option of ten different dining stations:
Restaurante Verde: Features pizza, grinders, stromboli, create your own pasta bowls, and pasta specials.
The campus has a total of 3 separate retail locations on campus:
Your meal plan is directly attached to your F&M student ID. 20 Meals Per Week allows you up to 20 meals from Friday morning until Thursday evening at the dining hall and our retail locations across campus.
A student living off-campus who chooses to purchase the 125 Meal Block Plan, 70 Meal Block Plan, or the 50 Meal Block Plan has 125, 70, or 50 meal swipes for the entire semester to use at RBF, SCC, Flavors, or Blue Line. This means a single swipe will get you into RBF once per meal period. A single swipe will get you a single meal/Dip Deal at SCC, Flavors, and Blue Line. Each plan also includes a certain amount of flex dollars: $220 for the 125 Block plan, $225 for the 70 Block plan, and $340 for the 50 Block plan.
You or your student also have the option of purchasing Ben's Bucks, which can be used at a few selection off-campus locations in addition to our retail locations. We do not encourage using Flex dollars or Ben's Bucks to enter the dining hall.
Go to the website at: https://fandm.campuscardcenter.com/ch/login.html
Cardholder Registration Page:
Click “Register Now”
- ID Number - Enter your student or faculty ID number.
- Last Name - Enter your last name.
Create User Profile Page: Complete the form as follows:
- Create your username – A valid username is one word without spaces or special characters.
- Create your password – A valid password is at least 5 characters without spaces or special characters.
- Re-enter your password to confirm.
- Select a secret question from the drop-down list and provide your answer.
- Enter your email address.
Cardholder Terms & Conditions Page -- Upon review:
- Click “Yes”
- Enter Initials
- Click “Accept Terms"
Registration & Card Activation Successful Confirmation Page:
Congratulations, you have successfully registered your account. To access your account, click on "Click Here" to return to the login page and enter the username and password you just established.
Once you have Registered Login to:
· Check balances on all meal plan and declining balance accounts
· View your Transactions History
· Reset your password
· Set up a Bite Account
Learn more about F&M Ben’s Bucks at https://www.fandmbensbucks.com/
Ben’s Bucks are not the same as Flex Dollars, and are unrelated to your meal plan. Ben’s Bucks is a prepaid spending account on your Franklin & Marshall ID Card offering a safe and convenient way to make purchases on and off campus, including all on-campus eateries. You or your parents must make a deposit to Ben’s Bucks prior to using it for purchases. You can also set up an Auto Reload schedule so you never run out of Ben’s Bucks.
Value in Ben’s Bucks rolls over from semester-to-semester and year-to-year for as long as you are a member of the Franklin & Marshall community. For a complete list of Ben’s Bucks accepting locations, click here. For more information regarding Ben's Bucks or to register, click here.
DipDeals are menu items in our retail locations that are grouped together (i.e. combo meals, meal deals) that are purchased for JUST ONE SWIPE of your meal plan.
Many current students have dietary restrictions. KIVO (Kosher, International, Vegan, Organic) is a Star K certified kosher dining facility. Simple Servings offers meal options for our guests that require allergen-free options. Our chefs meticulously prepare the food for Simple Servings using allergen free recipes and prep tools to ensure a safe and healthy experience for our guests located in the Restaurants at Ben Franklin (dining hall). Our Restaurants at Ben Franklin does not offer nuts or peanuts. Every dining location on campus offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options all denoted with special icons on our menus. It is also helpful to note that our menus are posted for each week under the "Dining Near Me" tabs right next to the individual locations on our website. Students can also access our menus complete with ingredients, allergy content and nutritional content by using the Bite app, which you can sign up for here. If you wish to speak to a manager further regarding your student's dietary needs, please contact us at (717) 358-7165 to schedule an appointment or speak with our Registered Dietitian, Susan Hurd, directly through email. For more information about special dietary accommodations or to fill out a Student Dining Accommodation Request Form please visit the Franklin and Marshall College Office of Student Accessibility Services Homepage.
If your meals are not used by the end of the semester, they simply go unused. They do not roll over to the Spring semester. Your Flex dollars, however, will roll over to Spring 2021. Flex dollars do NOT roll over from Spring to Fall. If they are not used by the end of the Spring semester, they simply go unused.