2024-2025 School Year Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, we have answers. Please refer to the below list for any questions you have about our meal plans, composting on campus, social media links, and reusable containers.

Meal Plan Options 2024-2025: 

All-Access & Meals Per Week Options: 

All-Access Plan with 200 Flex Points
--First Year students are required to take this meal plan.
--14 meal exchange for use in retail locations available per week (Friday-Thursday)
--Grants full access to the Restaurants at Ben Franklin (Dining Hall) during normal operating hours
--Available to Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors living on and off campus
Price: $3,327 per semester/$6,654 per year 

15 Meals Per Week with 275 Flex Points
--Sophomores are required to take this plan- May upgrade to the All-Access Plan
--Required for Juniors & Seniors living on-campus- May upgrade to the All-Access Plan
--10 meal exchange for use in retail locations available per week (Friday-Thursday)
--Available to Juniors & Seniors living off-campus
Price: $3,258 per semester/$6,516 per year

10 Meals Per Week with 300 Flex Points
--Required for Sophomores living in a theme house with a kitchen.
--10 meal exchange for use in retail locations available per week (Friday-Thursday)
--Available to Juniors & Seniors living off-campus
Price: $2,961 per semester/$5,922 per year

Block Plans: 

100 Meal Block Plan with 230 Flex Points
--Available to Juniors & Seniors living off-campus
--10 meal exchange for use in retail locations available per week (Friday-Thursday)
Price: $2,076 per semester/$4,152 per year

75 Meal Block Plan with 320 Flex Points
--Available to Juniors & Seniors living off-campus
--10 meal exchange for use in retail locations available per week (Friday-Thursday)
Price: $1,773 per semester/$3,546 per year

First Year and Sophomore students are required to purchase a meal plan unless they are commuting students. See above for the meal plans that are available to First Years and Sophomores. Please contact College House Administration to determine if a student is considered a commuter. 

A meal plan is required for students living in traditional college residence halls.  Juniors & Seniors in Roschel apartments are exempt.

If would like to purchase a meal plan or if you would like to make a change to the plan you have already selected, please contact the Housing Office

If you are having issues with your current meal plan and need assistance, please see card services in Steinman College Center or contact Chelsea Sabol.

2024-2025 Rechargeable Meal Plan Options:

In the event that a student depletes the meals in his/her meal plan prior to the end of the semester, he/she can purchase additional meals at the rates indicated below. Rechargeable meals are not applicable to the All-Access Plan or Meals Per Week Plan. These apply to Block Plans ONLY. Please contact Student Accounts to add rechargeable meals at 717-358-4213 or email us at studentaccounts@fandm.edu.
 
Enrolled in the 125, 70 or 50 Block Plans:
15 Meals - $168/block
10 Meals - $125/block
  5 Meals - $72/block

Currently the dining hall is not composting due to a problem with finding an appropriate partner for actually composting our waste. We definitely want to work with our client to decrease our carbon footprint and be in line with both the college and Sodexo's sustainability initiatives. We are currently working with the college to find an appropriate way to bring composting back. In the meantime, we continue to weigh our pre-consumer and post-consumer waste in our facility to lower how much waste happens in our kitchen to both decrease our footprint and lower our overall food costs.

We do offer reusable to-go containers in the dining hall for those taking their meals to go ONLY. 

If you plan on eating your meal inside the dining hall, we request that you use the plates, glasses, and silverware in the dining hall facility and only utilize to-go containers if you are grabbing your meal and immediately leaving. 

To help better facilitate composting and sustainability initiatives moving forward, reusable containers will be available for students to purchase for $10 at the register. These containers will be replaced free of charge only if a student returns their previous container rinsed of all food residue to the dining hall and placed in the dish bins of the dish room. 

Students who do not return containers, return them unrinsed, or with old food in the containers will not be allowed to purchase a new container and can result in the program being discontinued.

Disposable to-go containers are rarely used in the dining hall. Special occasions require us to provide them. We provide them when a sick meal request is made, as well as during Ramadan for those who observe.

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