Why must I sign up for a meal plan?

Our college meal plans are designed to foster a sense of community and embrace the fact that dining together is an important part of a Lawrence University residential liberal arts educational experience. Meal plans encourage and support communal dining while offering enough flexibility to meet individual student needs.

What is Culinary Cash?  How is it different from Viking Gold? What happens if I don't spend all my Culinary Cash or Viking Gold?

Culinary Cash is a declining balance fund that is part of every meal plan. The funds can be used for food purchases at these locations in the Warch Campus Center: Andrew Commons, the cafe & coffee shop, and Kate's Corner Store. Although you cannot add to your Culinary Cash account, you can add funds to Viking Gold, which can be used for food and other purchases on campus, including LU clothing, postage, and laundry. 

Culinary Cash is yours for the year; the funds roll forward from one term to the next. At the end of the school year, however, unused funds will be removed from your account. (Watch for signs posted at Kate's Corner Store, campus center level 2, and Andrew Commons, campus center level 1, at the end of the year describing ways to donate the funds to area not-for-profit organizations.)

Viking Gold is good for the entire time you're at Lawrence University. 

You can check your balance for both funds on Voyager; log on and go to Student Services–Meal Plan Selection or Student Services –Viking Gold.

What if I have special dietary needs?

Visit the Bon Appetit office on the 1st floor of the campus center to talk with director Julie Severance, or call her office at 920-832-7314. Her staff will work with you to develop meal offerings.

I'm hungry for (insert crazy food idea here) OR I'm tired of ____.  How can I let Bon Appetit know about that?

Look for comment cards near cash registers at Andrew Commons (1st floor of the campus center) or at the cafe on the main level. You also can fill out an online form to let your thoughts be known.

How can I change my meal plan?

Select and/or change your meal plan on Voyager; navigate to the Student Services menu page to select the option Meal Plan Selection. Deadlines for changing your plan are listed there, too.

I'm considering the all-Culinary Cash meal plan option but am wondering, why must I pay $1,600 for $1,114 in Culinary Cash?

The $1,092 goes to our dining service provider, Bon Appetit, and you get a slight bonus in culinary cash.  The remainder ($508) covers behind-the-scenes expenses, such as utilities, equipment maintenance, custodial services, all in support of multiple kitchens and dining facilities at the campus center.

What's being served today at Andrew Commons?

Check out the menu!


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