At Lafayette College, dining is integral to the residential college experience and plays an important role in helping students make connections, form communities, and learn from their food and consumption.
As part of the College’s Connected Communities Program, Lafayette Dining Services provides more than nutritious and appetizing food. The College’s residential dining program, spread across six different cafés and dining halls, provides social gathering places, opportunities to refuel, and out-of-the-classroom experiences where students are taught about “food service for a sustainable future.”
Lafayette Dining Services works to provide students with a variety of appealing, convenient, and healthy dining options for all palates, dietary restrictions, and allergy sensitivities. Small, local farms are directly supported by Lafayette Dining Services and food is cooked from scratch. That means no processed or canned foods, homemade dressing and sauces, including soups and stocks. Accomplishing this is a mouthful indeed, but the bottom line is that staff strive to cook delicious food that’s good for students, the animals, the workers, the community, and the Earth — because they’re all connected.
Below is a summary of the dining plans available to students for the 2017-18 Academic Year:
All students are required to have at least the minimum qualifying meal plan for their class year; plans range from maximum to minimum moving left to right in the above table.
PLEASE NOTE: The Class of 2021 will automatically be provided with a 20-Meals-Per-Week plan on their student account.
Each of these meal plans allow a student to access either of the all-you-care-to-eat campus dining halls and, using Meal Exchange, Lower Farinon, Gilbert’s Café, and Simon’s Cafe for number of times each week specified in the plan name. Meals must be eaten during the designated week and do not carry forward from week to week or semester to semester. There are four meal periods on most Mondays through Saturdays when the meal plan is in effect. Those periods are:
Subscribers to the 20-, 14-, or 7-Meals per Week Plans have the flexibility to use a meal allotment for a “meal exchange” at one of the retail dining venues on campus. A designated meal exchange will typically include an entree, a beverage, and one or two sides (e.g. a piece of fruit, a small bag of chips, and a dessert treat). Select entrees are not available on meal exchange and meal exchange options are limited during breakfast in some venues. During times the meal plan is in effect, meal exchanges are available at the locations and meal times listed below (subject to the operating hours of each facility):
When family or friends visit, students are invited to bring them to a meal in one of the College’s all-you-care-to-eat restaurants. All Meal Plans include an allotment of meals to facilitate dining with non-student guests. Guest meals do not carry forward from semester to semester.
Pard Dollars, a pre-paid declining cash balance account, are accessible using the Lafayette ID card. Pard Dollars can be used at any on-campus dining venue and at participating local merchants below. Balance checks for Pard Dollars can be performed at the registers in any dining hall or retail location and at the ID office located in Farinon 107.
Meal Plan Pard Dollars: All meal plans include an allotment of Pard Dollars for use during the fall and spring semesters which are non-refundable and do not roll over from semester to semester.
Additional Pard Dollars: Additional (non-mandatory) Pard Dollars will carry forward semester to semester and year to year if unused. Only non-mandatory are available for use during the summer and interim periods. Upon graduation or upon request at the end of any academic year, non-mandatory, unused Pard Dollars be refunded. Additional Pard Dollars can be added to the account in one of three ways:
|Big Woody’s Sports Grill||1855 Sullivan Trail||(610) 252-4442|
|Campus Pizza||133 McCartney Street||(610) 253-7541|
|College Hill Tavern||420 Cattell Street||(610) 252-9456|
|Cosmic Cup Coffee||520 March Street||(610) 438-3211|
|CVS||215 Town Center Blvd||(610) 250-3650|
|Dell’s Kitchen||1645 Washington Blvd||(610) 438-8098|
|Don Juan Mex Grill||518 March Street||(610) 438-5661|
|Just a Dream Frozen Yogurt||289 Town Center Blvd||(610) 829-1222|
|Mojo Hill Cafe||516 March Street||(610) 438-1350|
|Plum House||325 Cattell Street||(610) 438-3581|
|Sogo Fusion Lounge||237 Northampton Street||(610) 250-0198|
Restrictions: Even if you meet the legal minimum age, Pard Dollars cannot be used to purchase any alcohol, tobacco products, lottery tickets, money orders, traveler’s checks, or gift cards.
For more information on any aspect of the Dining Services on campus, call one of our Dining Service representatives at (610) 330-5347.
Student involvement is essential in making sure dining on campus is the best it can be. Student employment opportunities are available – whether your interests are on the culinary side or on the service side. See the Dining Services job listing in CareerSpot for more information on these opportunities.