Meal Plan Purchases Increase
Meal plan purchases by employees and commuter students are at an all-time high, according to Andrew Wasilewski (Auxiliary Services). In Fall 2001, when employee/commuter meal plans were first implemented at NMU, roughly 50 people took advantage of the program. This fall, 585 people (25 employees and 560 commuter students) applied for meal plans, which are also available to the general public.
“I think the increase in meal plan purchases comes from recognition of the excellent value in meals served at our dining areas,” said Wasilewski. “Each place provides well-balanced, nutritious, tasty food in a clean environment. Dining Services continuously makes changes in the menu to reflect seasonal foods, themes, popular items, nutritional concerns for vegetarians and vegans, market costs and quality, and student feedback. A lot of people prefer this option to shopping, cooking and cleanup.”
When purchasing meal plans, there are three different options available. The meals can be purchased in groups of 10, 25, or 50, and are for use in the Marketplace and Wildcat Den venues. The greater the quantity, the greater the savings off the cash price of $5 for breakfast and $6.75 for lunch or dinner. Participants can choose between putting all of their meals on their Wildcat Express Cards, or on a separate guest card. As the name implies, guest cards may be used to provide a meal for a guest, but the guest must be in the company of the cardholder.
The past year has also seen a change in NMU’s food supplier. Gordon Foods in Grand Rapids has been selected for a three-year contact. “We had bids from three major suppliers that met the standards for delivery, computerized ordering and operational support. Gordon Foods was selected based on their measures of cost mark-up, product offerings and provided services,” said Wasilewski.
An outline of available meal plans and rates for participation is available at Dining Services.