Dietary Needs

Many current students have dietary restrictions. Menu items at the Restaurants at Ben Franklin are prepared using recipes and ingredients that do not contain tree nuts or peanuts but we cannot control exposure to tree nuts or peanuts in the manufacturing process. Coconut is used in plant-based dishes at Trellis.

Menu items at the Restaurants at Ben Franklin are prepared using recipes and ingredients that do not contain tree nuts or peanuts. All RBF recipes are prepared in a facility that also prepares recipes with allergens such as soy, egg, fish, shellfish, wheat and gluten. Please be advised that we cannot control exposure to food allergens or gluten by food manufacturers or our suppliers.

Our new station called Simple Servings is Sodexo’s innovative solution to proactively address most of the ingredients that account for 90% of all food-allergy reactions: milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts. The 8th FDA specified allergen, fin fish, is included in the offer. Simple Servings also recognizes the current skyrocketing demand for gluten-free foods, which certain students may require out of medical necessity (Celiac disease) or simply by choice. Simple Servings also appeals to students who prefer plain and simple foods and those with other health-related dietary concerns, such as Type I diabetes. 

With Simple Servings, students can comply with food allergy or other dietary concerns without feeling singled out. They won’t have to go off campus for their meals or miss out on dining with their friends while waiting for the chef to specially prepared their meals. All foods offered at the Simple Serving station are naturally free of milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts and gluten. Straightforward preparation techniques assure transparency of ingredients, and help student prepare to be responsible for their own shopping and cooking in future. The lunch and dinner menu change daily and include varied protein options: fish, beef, pork, chicken and turkey. All side dishes are vegan, containing no milk, eggs, or meat products

KIVO (Kosher, International, Vegan, Organic) is a Star K certified kosher and Halal-certified dining facility. Every dining location on campus offers vegetarian and vegan 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 BiteU 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 please visit the Franklin and Marshall College Office of Student Accessibility Services Homepage.

We're sorry that you're not feeling well! If you are ill, we encourage you to stay in and rest rather than coming into our dining facilities.  This will help prevent the spread of  illnesses.  We are happy to provide you with a sick meal* which you can charge to your dining account, and have a friend pick up for you.
A basic sick meal consists of a beverage, as well as a choice of light breakfast or lunch options. You may make individual requests for different meal periods if necessary.
Submit your request here, filling out all required information. Please indicate which friend will pick up for you and at what time. 
*This form is for those with illnesses unrelated to COVID-19 and is used for things more along the lines of a cold or the flu. If you have COVID-19 and enter Rest & Recovery, a separate form will be sent to you to fill out.*

Meal Plans

All first-year students are required to be on the All-Access Plan. Sophomore students are required to purchase a 15 Meals Per Week Plan or upgrade to the All-Access Meal Plan. Commuting students are not required to purchase a meal plan. Please contact College House Administration to determine if a student is considered a commuter.

A meal plan is required for students living in traditional residence halls. Students in Roschel Apartments are exempt. 

Juniors and Seniors who are living on-campus are required to take the 15 Meals Per Week Plan. Students living in a theme house with a kitchen are required to take the 10 Meals Per Week Plan. All Block Plans are available to Juniors and Seniors living off-campus only.

At The Restaurants at Ben Franklin = 1 Meal Swipe, All You Can Eat. At Retail Locations (The Grill Off the Green, Mein Bowl, Handcrafted, Blue Line, Flavors at LS&P) = 1 Meal Swipe for a DipDeal or Ben's Bucks, Flex Points, Cash, or Credit Cards for anything else.

Block Plans consist of the number of meal swipes each student has for the entire semester. If a student has the 100 Meal Block Plan, this means that they have a total of 100 meal swipes for the entire semester to use from the beginning of the semester until the end of the semester. Meal plan swipes do not roll over between semesters. Block Plans are for Juniors & Seniors living off-campus only.
Meals Per Week plans renew every Friday morning. A student with a 15 Meals Per Week plan has a total of 15 meal swipes from Friday morning until Thursday evening. The number of meals per week being provided will be prorated for weeks with less than 7 days due to semester or Holiday breaks.

NEW FOR 2023-2024- On the All-Access Plan only 14 meal exchange swipes are available to use in retail locations per week (Friday-Thursday); All other plans have 10 meal exchanges for use per week (Friday-Thursday). All meal swipes grant access to the Restaurants at Ben-Franklin, including unlimited access on the All-Access Plan.
Each meal plan has flex points included with their plan, regardless of a block plan or a meals per week plan. Flex dollars are considered additional money to be used in addition to meal swipes as needed, or in place of when making smaller purchases. 
An example of a good use of flex points is purchasing a coffee or a snack at our retail locations instead of using an entire meal swipe for a single item. Flex points are also used when upgrading or adding an item to a dip deal purchase at retail locations.
Dip deals are often a meal with a drink combo that a student can purchase for a single meal swipe. If the student wishes to upgrade their drink (ie. a milkshake instead of a soda) or a student wishes to get an additional side/add a side not included in the dip deal and the difference in cost will be covered by the student's flex points. 
Leftover flex points at the end of the fall semester will roll over to the spring semester for use. Leftover flex points at the end of the spring semester do not roll over to the new fall semester. 

Meals left over at the end of either Fall or Spring semester will be forfeited.

All first-year students are required to be on the All-Access Plan plan. Sophomore students are required to purchase a 15 meal a week plan or the All-Access Plan. Juniors and seniors living in traditional residence halls are required to be on a 15 meal a week plan. All other Juniors, Seniors and Commuters have additional options available. Students who want to add, delete, or change a meal plan must contact Lori Foust at email.

Rechargeable meals are available in 5, 10 & 15 meal increments by contacting Student Accounts at (717) 358-4213 or via email at This applies to block plans only.

If you are interested in more information regarding the dining program, what we offer, meal plan information, and what dining services does in general, you can check out our Dining Guide.
No, you can not. The meal plans do not have guest swipes and you are not allowed to use your meal plan swipes for classmates or friends. They are welcome to purchase meal plans of their own or pay the community price for a lunch in the dining hall with cash or a debit/credit card.


Registration Instructions

Go to the website at:

Cardholder Registration Page:

Click “Register Now”

  1. ID Number - Enter your student or faculty ID number.
  2. Last Name - Enter your last name. 

Create User Profile Page:  Complete the form as follows:

  1. Create your username – A valid username is one word without spaces or special characters.
  2. Create your password – A valid password is at least 5 characters without spaces or special characters.
  3. Re-enter your password to confirm.
  4. Select a secret question from the drop-down list and provide your answer.
  5. Enter your email address.

Cardholder Terms & Conditions Page -- Upon review:

  1. Click “Yes”
  2. Enter Initials
  3. 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

Flex Dollars are part of your students' meal plan, they can be used at any dining location on campus. For example, Flex Dollars are used to buy a coffee instead of using a full meal swipe. They are also used to cover anything over what a standard meal plan is used for in our retail locations such as a DipDeal upgrade. An example of such an upgrade is if you get a sandwich with fries and a drink in Steinman College Center and you upgrade your drink to a milkshake, Flex Dollars will be used to cover the difference of milkshake upgrade. 

Flex Dollars can also be used to cover meals if a student does not have any swipes left on their card. Flex Dollars roll over from the fall semester to the spring semester; as long as the student has selected a meal plan for the Spring semester.  Flex Dollars DO NOT roll over from the spring semester to the next fall semester.

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. 

Employment Information

Absolutely! A variety of positions are open to students such as, student intern, Catering wait staff and more. We are not associated with the college or any work-study programs. Applications may be picked up in the catering office of the Restaurants at Ben Franklin. Visit our meet the team page to connect with a member of our management team.