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Meal Plan Compensation Benefit

  • 1.  Meal Plan Compensation Benefit

    Posted 03-02-2020 18:20
    Good Afternoon,

    I am looking to gather information on how other campuses are handling meal plan benefits for Resident Directors and Resident Assistants.
    • Are these plans funded through the dining program or sponsored by the dining contractor?
    • If yes, what type of obligation/support is expected to the dining program/contractor and is there any tracking for this support?


    Additionally does anybody have a dining ambassador program and how does that function?

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    Kristy Hathaway
    University of Alaska - Fairbanks
    Dining and Contracts Coordinator
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  • 2.  RE: Meal Plan Compensation Benefit

    Posted 03-03-2020 11:41
    Our Resident Assistants are given a grant provided by the Financial Aid department which will pay for the lowest unlimited meal plan however, the Hall Directors are only given a stipend of $1000 which is paid for by the Residence Life department budget.

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    Brandi Bryant
    Xavier University
    Assistant Director
    Cincinnati OH
    United States
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  • 3.  RE: Meal Plan Compensation Benefit

    Posted 03-04-2020 21:55
    Hi Kristy,

    The meal plans for our Hall Directors are part of the contract with our dining service provider and are provided at no charge to our department. In the past, our Hall Directors were asked to provide evaluation feedback to the dining service provider as part of receiving the meal plan, however, it was loosely tracked and there were no penalties if someone didn't complete evaluations. That is no longer an expectation of the staff.

    Meal plans for our Resident Assistants are paid for by our department as part of the scholarship they receive for their position. They are provided one of the mid-tier plans and have the ability to move up to a larger plan by paying the difference.

    Hope this helps!


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    Kendra Skinner
    Director of Residence Life
    Southeast Missouri State University
    Cape Girardeau, MO
    ksskinner@semo.edu
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  • 4.  RE: Meal Plan Compensation Benefit

    Posted 03-05-2020 09:38
    Make sure you check with legal or your tax staff to see if this is determined to be a taxable benefit. You can loosely make it a work component by reviewing the numbers of meals used and making sure staff are using it. In most cases and states, it is considered a taxable benefit.

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    Daniel Armitage
    Associate Vice President Student Affairs
    University of North Texas
    (940)565-2033
    daniel.armitage@UNT.edu
    Denton Texas
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  • 5.  RE: Meal Plan Compensation Benefit

    Posted 03-06-2020 11:00
    Kristy,

    At Carleton University our Resident Fellows(Assistants) receive a meal plan and the Housing & Residence Life department pays for this. As for our Residence Managers (Hall Directors), they receive $600 per term (taxable benefit) which is also paid for by the Housing & Residence Life department.

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    Bobby Bicker
    Carleton University
    Manager, Financial Accounting, University Services
    Ottawa ON
    Canada
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  • 6.  RE: Meal Plan Compensation Benefit

    Posted 03-09-2020 14:08
    Thank you all!  The insight is appreciated.

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    Kristy Hathaway
    University of Alaska - Fairbanks
    Dining and Contracts Coordinator
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