To best meet students' needs, Bethany's foodservice offers a variety of meal plans. On-campus students are signed up for the 15-meal plan by default. Students may opt for a different meal plan up through the tenth day of classes each semester. Email Residential Life if you wish to change your meal plan.
Each semester is approximately 17½ weeks, with 20 meals served each week. This means that there are approximately 105 breakfasts, 17 brunches, 105 lunches, and 123 dinners served during the course of the semester, for an approximate total of 350 available meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served Sunday through Friday; brunch and dinner are served on Saturday.
You MUST bring your Bethany Student ID card (or a valid temporary ID) to all meals. You will not be allowed to give your ID number verbally.
About the plans
All plans allow you to choose either the Old Main Dining Center or the Viking Village for each meal. A meal eaten in the Viking Village as part of your meal plan is known as an exchange meal. Exchange meals are complete meals that you can eat in the Viking Village instead of Old Main Dining Center. Each exchange meal is equivalent to one Dining Center meal. The Viking Village is not open for breakfast.
Block plans give you a certain number of meals per semester. You must budget your meal usage so you have enough for the entire semester. If you run out of meals before the semester is over, you must either pay cash or purchase flex dollars to pay for your meals. Unused Block meals do not roll over to the next semester. You may eat at both venues during the same meal period if you wish. For example, you may eat supper at the Dining Center at 5:00 pm and go to the Viking Village later in the evening for an exchange meal (sub, burger, etc.) to eat there or take out. Block plans also allow you to bring up to four guests in on your card at any meal in the Dining Center.
Weekly plans give you a certain number of meals per week. With a weekly plan, the first meal of the week is Monday breakfast; the last meal of the week is Sunday dinner. Uneaten meals do not roll over to the next week. You may not treat guests to meals on this plan; they must pay the cash rate.
Flex Dollar Accounts are a way for non-resident (off-campus) students to pay for individual meals without using cash each time. Students carry a Flex Dollar balance on their ID card; at each meal taken, the cost of the meal is deducted from the balance. Flex Dollars are purchased directly from the foodservice cashier as needed. With Flex Dollar purchases of $25 or more in a single transaction, a 10% credit will be given. For example, a $30 purchase would add 33 Flex Dollars to the student's account. The Flex Dollar account option is not available for students living on campus.
20 Meals per Week Plan
This plan covers all meals for the entire semester (approximately 350 meals total).
15 Meals per Week Plan
This is the default meal plan for new students. You may eat any 15 of the 20 meals offered each week throughout the entire semester (approximately 262 meals total).
5 Meals per Week Plan
This plan is available only to students living in Edgewood Place, the Gullixson Hall apartments, Larson Hall, or off-campus. You may eat any 5 of the 20 meals offered each week throughout the entire semester (approximately 88 meals total).
220 Meal Block Plan
This Block plan allows you to eat 220 meals of your choosing per semester, at the same cost as the 20 Meals per Week Plan.
180 Meal Block Plan
This Block plan allows you to eat 180 meals of your choosing per semester, at the same cost as the 15 Meals per Week Plan.
75 Meal Block Plan
This plan is available only to students living in Edgewood Place, the Gullixson Hall apartments, Larson Hall, or off-campus. This Block plan allows you to eat 75 meals of your choosing per semester, at the same cost as the 5 Meals per Week Plan.