Resident Meal Plans

Whitman College has contracted with Bon Appétit to oversee campus food service in recognition that food holds great power and importance. Dining rooms are gathering places. Breaking bread together helps to create a sense of community and comfort. Bon Appétit’s kitchen philosophy is simple. Food is cooked from scratch using fresh, authentic ingredients in their simplest, most natural form. Freezers are small, and deliveries of fresh produce and whole foods are big. Local and seasonal products are purchased to bring food alive with flavor and nutrition.

At Whitman, living in a residence hall requires that a student be on a meal plan meeting specific criteria which varies according to the specific residence. Only residents of Community Service House, College House, and juniors or seniors living in Marcus House are permitted to live in campus housing and not purchase a meal plan. Four semesters of on-campus living are required. Students living in North Hall or Tamarac House have restricted options available to them that are not available to other students.

The College allows students to make changes to their meal plans at my.whitman.edu/students until the first Friday after classes start each semester.

Meal plans start when students are first allowed into their rooms and are not active when college is not in session except for Thanksgiving Break where meals are served through Wednesday dinner.

Plans A, B, and C are each designed to provide more than enough meals and food for nearly all students and, by design, may provide more meals than many students require. Meals that a student misses or has left over at the end of the semester have no value and are not refundable. Plans A, B and C meet the meal plan requirement for any on campus residence. Any plan may be enhanced with extra Flex dollars for those who expect to want more meals during hours that the dining halls are closed, are accustomed to late-night snacking, or anticipate heavy use of the Espresso Bars. Please note for meal planning purposes a semester usually has about 111 board days with approximately 330 meals possible if one were to be on campus and go to every meal.

Plan A: The Ultimate Flex Block Plan

160 meals plus $500 Flex dollars per semester, available to all students, designed especially for athletes, debaters, choir members, and other students with commitments during regular meal hours ($3,141 per semester). The Ultimate Flex Block Plan allows you to eat any 160 dining hall meals (Prentiss, Jewett, and Lyman dining halls) out of the approximately 330 meals offered over the course of the semester. This averages out to about 10 dining hall meals per week. In addition, the plan includes $500 Flex dollars, which may be spent in the dining halls, Café ’66, Café ’41 in the library, or the Espresso Bar.

Meals may only be used for the benefit of the cardholder and are not transferable to others. Flex dollars, but not meals, remaining at the end of the fall semester will carry over to spring, but both meals and Flex dollars remaining at the end of spring will not carry over to the next school year and are not refundable. Students who wish to eat more meals or buy more food in the Café may add additional Flex dollars in increments of $50.

Two optional additions to the Ultimate Flex Block Plan are:

  • Plan A with $650 Flex: 160 meals per semester plus $650 Flex dollars per semester ($3,291 per semester).
  • Plan A with $800 Flex: 160 meals per semester plus $800 Flex dollars per semester ($3,441 per semester).

Plan B: The Flex Block Plan

220 meals plus $150 Flex dollars per semester, available to all students ($3,018 per semester). The Flex Block Plan allows you to eat any 220 dining hall meals (Prentiss, Jewett, and Lyman dining halls) out of the approximately 330 meals offered over the course of the semester. This averages out to about two meals per day, or about 14 dining hall meals per week. In addition, the plan includes $150 Flex dollars, which may be spent in the dining halls, Café ’66, Café ’41 in the library, or the Espresso Bar.

Meals may only be used for the benefit of the cardholder and are not transferable to others. Flex dollars, but not meals, remaining at the end of the fall semester will carry over to spring, but both meals and Flex dollars remaining at the end of spring will not carry over to the next school year and are not refundable. Students who wish to eat more meals or buy more food in the Café may add additional Flex dollars in increments of $50.

Two optional additions to the Flex Block Plan are:

  • Plan B with $300 Flex: 220 meals per semester plus $300 Flex dollars per semester ($3,168 per semester).
  • Plan B with $450 Flex: 220 meals per semester plus $450 Flex dollars per semester ($3,318 per semester).

Plan C: The Traditional Plan

21 meals per week, available to all students ($3,018 per semester). The Traditional Plan provides you with access to 21 meals per week in Prentiss, Jewett, and Lyman dining halls (about 330 meals per semester). While the plan’s 21 meals per week may be used only in these locations, the Traditional Plan may be supplemented with Flex dollars in $50 increments. A student may eat at other campus locations, such as Café ’66 or enter a dining hall more than once during the same period by using Flex dollars added to their meal plan, cash, or Student Charge. Meals may only be used for the benefit of the cardholder and are not transferable to others.

Two optional additions to the Traditional Plan are:

  • Plan C with $150 Flex: 21 meals per week plus $150 Flex dollars ($3,168 per semester).
  • Plan C with $300 Flex: 21 meals per week plus $300 Flex dollars ($3,318 per semester).

Flex Dollar Discounts

Flex dollars enjoy two major benefits: They are not subject to the 8.9 percent Washington State sales tax and when used to purchase “all you care to eat” meals in Prentiss, Jewett, and Lyman dining halls students enjoy, special discounted Flex dollar prices:

Breakfast:
  • Retail Cash or Student Charge price $8.25 (including tax)
  • Flex dollar discount price $7.25— You save $1

Lunch:

  • Retail Cash or Student Charge price $11.00 (including tax)
  • Flex dollar discount price $9.00 — You save $2

Dinner:

  • Retail Cash or Student Charge price $13.00 (including tax)
  • Flex dollar discount price $10.00 — You save $3

Adding Flex Dollars to Existing Meal Plans

If you subscribe to any of the meal plans, you may make additional deposits of Flex dollars anytime during the semester. Additional deposits, in $50 increments, will be charged to your student account. Flex dollars may be purchased at: my.whitman.edu/students.Flex dollars remaining at the end of fall semester will carry over to spring, but Flex dollars remaining at the end of spring will not carry over to the next school year and are not refundable.

Restricted Meal Plans and Flex Dollars

The following meal plans are restricted to specific living situations or class standing. These meal plans do not meet the minimum required meal plan for those students living in resident halls except as noted below.

North Hall Option: Restricted

160 meals per semester, available only to residents of North Hall ($2,338 per semester). The North Hall option is restricted to students living in North Hall. This plan allows you to eat any 160 dining hall meals (Prentiss, Jewett, and Lyman dining halls) out of the approximately 330 meals offered over the course of the semester. This meal option does not meet the minimum requirements for most students living in other campus residences, except for those who have already lived on campus for four semesters and choose to remain in campus housing where a meal plan is required.

Meals may only be used for the benefit of the cardholder and are not transferable to others. Flex dollars (if purchased optionally), but not meals, remaining at the end of the fall semester will carry over to spring, but both meals and Flex dollars remaining at the end of spring will not carry over to the next school year and are not refundable. Students who wish to customize this option may add additional Flex dollars in increments of $50.

Two optional additions to the North Hall Option are:

  • Add $150 Flex: 160 meals per semester plus $150 Flex dollars ($2,488 per semester).
  • Add $300 Flex: 160 meals per semester plus $300 Flex dollars ($2,638 per semester).

Tamarac House Flex: Restricted to Residents Only

$1,100 Flex dollars per semester available only to Tamarac House residents. Students choosing to live in Tamarac House must select the Tamarac House Flex option each semester in order to meet minimum meal plan requirements. All other resident meal plans are also available to Tamarac House residents. Tamarac House Flex dollars are not an option for students living in any other campus residence. Flex dollars remaining at the end of spring semester will not carry over to the next school year and are not refundable.