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What Students Say

In 2008, UD dining changed its only All- You-Care-To-Eat (AYCTE) dining room to an a la carte venue because it was not popular. Research stated that quality was a perceived factor and carryout was not allowed. In 2012, this a la carte dining hall at Virginia Kettering was converted to a cutting edge, state of the art, two (2) restaurant concept called Passports and The Grainary. Meal plan customers can use his/her meal plan at these restaurants and our six other dining and snack locations: Kennedy Union, Marycrest, The Emporium, The Galley, The Chill and Stuart’s Landing.

There are only two (2) meal plans, the Standard and the Flexible, and they are both the same price yet structured differently. One is a better financial value if used correctly and one is more popular for a variety of reasons. Here is what UD students are saying:

Standard Plan Testimonials

Mark: “Parents and I did the math and you get more money from the Standard versus Flexible…I desperately wanted the Flexible but after seeing the numbers, it was undeniable.

Kayla: “I knew I wouldn’t be able to run out of money before the semester ended.”.”

Samantha: “I chose the Standard because you get more for the money…my parents were worried that the Flexible Plan would not be enough money and they wanted to make sure I would eat three meals a day and not skip meals.”.”

Stephen: “The Standard Plan presented a greater value for the money spent…I didn’t want to run out of meal money. Eating within the dining times does not stifle my ability to eat when I want to and if I need to eat outside of that, the included debit makes that easy as well.”.”

Flexible Plan Testimonials

Forrest: “The Flexible Plan provides a helpful flexibility that gives me the option to choose when it is most convenient for me to get something to eat. Since I’m not often out of the dorm in time for breakfast, the debit aspect of the Flexible Plan also allows me to use my funds toward anything from an in-between class snack to a dessert after dinner.”

Krisi: “I do not eat breakfast in the morning and I do not spend the same amount of money every day. I am not consistently eating three meals a day at UD..”

Andrew: “I like the Flexible Plan because it is similar to a debit card that could be used at any time of the day. I found the meal times and restricted allowance for each meal to be a huge disadvantage to the Standard Plan. With the Flexible Plan, I had more freedom to choose when and what I wanted to eat.”.”

Elisha: “I chose the Flexible Plan because of my class schedule. I could not commit to eating at a designated time during the day. “.”

Colin: “ I started with the Standard Plan and found it inconvenient....there were times I was hungry so when I went to pay for my food, they would say dinner hasn’t started yet and you already had lunch so I would have to stand around and wait for my meal. Another problem was if I only got a sandwich for lunch that was $5 and had a $7 credit for my meal…. I would lose money. When next semester rolled around, I switched to the Flexible because I figured it would be easier to just pay everything with Flexible. With Flexible, what I don’t use one day I can use it on another day and for me, I get the most out of my money.”.”

Sarah: “I eat 5 small meals per day….the Flexible Plan works perfectly for me.”.”