Students get more dining options with college's new contract

With Sodexo's takeover of Emerson's program, more meal plan options are being introduced.

Aug. 7—Emerson will have a new service provider come the fall, France-based company Sodexo. This change will come with a reorganization of the meal plan system and fresher food, according to Jay Phillips, the associate vice president for facilities and campus services.

This is the first time in 15 years the college will not use the services of Aramark. The former provider’s contract will expire at the end of July, said Phillips.

The two new dining options available to students are the Unlimited Plan and the Block Plan. The Unlimited Plan will provide students with infinite dining hall meals per semester and 150 Board Bucks used to purchase food in campus cafes. Choosing this plan will add $62.50 onto regular room and board costs, which range from $13,000 to $15,000.

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