New contractor, dining options come to William & Mary

Sodexo has taken over the account with plans to open new residential dining locations and pop-up food trucks.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va.—Students, faculty and staff will have new dining options on campus this year as Sodexo begins its work at William & Mary.

The company’s contract with the university began July 1, and it has been working since then to implement a variety of changes to the W&M dining program, including adding new residential, catering and retail options as well as the university’s first food truck.

Jeff McClure, resident dining manager, estimated that renovations to all of the university’s dining facilities, including the Law, Business and Education schools, as well as two “pop-up trucks” that will traverse the campus, cost approximately $4.5 million. The work done resulted in no increase to the student meal plan, or a substantial increase in costs to the university. The improvements were underwritten by Sodexo as part of the five-year contract agreement.

“The whole vision we have here at William & Mary is about being different, creating the restaurant experience, fresh food each and every day and keeping in mind the health and wellness of students,” McClure said. “It’s our responsibility to deliver healthy food options to students and they just enjoy it. In fact, they don’t even realize it’s healthy; they just know it’s great.”

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