Staff Meal Plans

  • 1.  Staff Meal Plans

    Posted 02-14-2020 16:30
    Hello NACAS Fam!

    We are considering adding a staff meal plan at our university and are interested in connecting for ideas, best practices and results.  Has anyone had success engaging staff in this way? Thanks in advance for your assistance.

    Erika Chesley
    University of Southern California
    Auxiliary Services - Engagement and Communications
    Los Angeles, CA


  • 2.  RE: Staff Meal Plans

    Posted 02-17-2020 09:49
    Good morning,

    At Tennessee State University we do provide meal plans for faculty/staff at a reduced rate.  We also provide the option to pay through payroll deduction.  The payroll deduction can be divided over multiple pay periods with a maximum of three.  When faculty/staff use participate in this plan the meals average less than they would if purchased individually.

    Funds are used through their ID/Access Card and the funds on an individual's account does not expire and persons can continue to use them if they separate from the institution.

    I hope this was helpful for you.


    Dr. Curtis Johnson
    Tennessee State University
    Chief of Staff/AVP
    Nashville TN

  • 3.  RE: Staff Meal Plans

    Posted 02-18-2020 09:21
    The staff and faculty at St. Norbert College make great use of the dining offerings through a very attractive block meal plan program.  The college sees this as an engagement opportunity.  Last year, some 17,000 meals were collectively consumed by roughly 500 faculty and staff in the main dining hall - Ruth's Marketplace (  We only offer block meals that can redeemed at Ruth's though staff do dining at the coffee shop (Ed's) and the grill & C-store (Phil's) using all traditional forms of payment.  I would highly encourage the development of an attractively-priced block meal plan offering to encourage staff and faculty to dine with each other and the general student body.

    Rick Warpinski, CASP
    St. Norbert College
    Director of Auxiliary & Hospitality Services
    De Pere WI
    United States

  • 4.  RE: Staff Meal Plans

    Posted 02-18-2020 09:23
    Hey Erika,

    At Georgia Tech, we offer dining dollar plans to faculty and staff, with a small bonus when hitting a certain threshold. They are not tax exempt, but they are convenient, and the bonus makes it a no-brainer, since most employees are buying something on campus on a daily or weekly basis. We've increased participation over the last few semesters but still have a ways to go-- mainly on educating employees about the plan, how to get it and why it's a benefit to their life. At my previous institution, we had small block plans for employees, which were less popular, but were utilized in the dining halls on popular days. The state of GA says that the price per meal for an employee must be the same or greater than the student price per meal.

    Feel free to email me directly with any further questions!

    Ryan Greene, CASP, MBA
    Georgia Tech
    Director of Auxiliary Services
    Atlanta GA
    United States

  • 5.  RE: Staff Meal Plans

    Posted 02-18-2020 10:22
    At the University of Illinois at Chicago, we do not offer discounts on meal plans but have a number of staff/faculty who do buy one of our block plans.  Through our dining partner, Chartwells, we offer "$5 Fridays" for lunch to staff, faculty and GA's.  This has been quite popular, it has been a great way for dining to say thank you to staff and has encouraged staff to come to the dining hall!

    Charles Farrell, CASP
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    Executive Director, Business Development
    Chicago IL
    United States