Finding time for menu planning, shopping, and eating can be difficult to manage on top of homework, studying and tests! Additional limitations, like kitchen space for meal preparation, further add to the complications of providing the nutrition your student needs. Because living a healthy lifestyle, including eating a well-balanced diet, is strongly correlated to academic performance, it should be a high priority for students entering the academically rigorous environment of BYU. Whether your student is living in Helaman Halls with limited equipment, in Heritage Halls with a full kitchen, or off-campus, meal plans take the burden off of their (and your) shoulders.
Meal plans can be a great budgeting tool. There are meal plans that give allocated money daily, weekly, monthly or all upfront at the beginning of the semester, depending on what works best for you and your student. Plans include blocks, or passes, and/or Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars are loaded onto your student’s BYU ID card and can be used at all dining locations, except for Concessions and Campus Floral. Using Dining Dollars instead of cash or a credit card gives discounts at the Commons at the Cannon Center or Cougareat (depending on the Meal Plan) and tax free purchases at the Cougareat and Creamery grocery locations.
Meal plans help you and your child relax knowing that certain money has been set aside for food. Money can be used at the Commons at the Cannon Center, the Cougareat and other dining locations, vending machines or to buy groceries at one of the Creamery locations. Learn more about meal plans here.
Whether your student has a minor intolerance or a list of dietary needs, there are resources available. Alternative allergy-friendly foods are available at all eating locations on campus. The Commons at the Cannon Center provides a wide variety of entrees, alternative sauces and pastas, soups, and vegetables. Nutrition counseling is available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11-3 p.m. in the Cannon Center for all students. You can also reach a qualified registered dietitian by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Nukaya is the General Manager of Residential Dining.