Meal Plan Options
CostDining Services is entirely self-sustaining and receives no subsidy. A portion of the meal fee is allocated to Dining Services to cover expenses of the program including food, labor, supplies, maintenance, replacements and repairs. Any revenues in excess of expenses are returned to the college. As a participant in a meal plan, you have a vested partnership in the program. To protect the partnership and get more for your dollar, we encourage you to help eliminate unnecessary expenses.
Here are three ways you can help:
- Stop people from “freeloading” by eating without paying.
- Stop people from stealing food, supplies and dishes.
- Minimize food waste by taking only one serving and returning for seconds.
Understanding Meal Plan Pricing
Concordia's meal plans are priced on an assumed participation rate: that is, there is a percentage of meals per plan each week that persons probably will choose. It is normal for a student not to consume all of their meals each week.
Food costs also have a huge effect on meal plan pricing. The Agriculture Department is forecasting that food prices will increase 3.5 to 4.5 percent in 2012.
Pricing also needs to take into consideration the following areas: labor cost, utilities, equipment, chemicals, laundry and more.