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Meal Plan FAQ

What meal plans are available for freshman?
Holy Cross Dining makes it easy - there is only one meal plan available for first-year students and it will automatically be applied to your student’s account. All residential students, with the exception of students living in Figge or Williams Hall, are required to have the Resident Meal Plan. 

Who may choose a meal plan?
Anyone! Residential students will automatically be assigned the Resident Meal Plan. Residents of Figge Hall, Williams Hall and students living off-campus may choose either the Resident Meal Plan or the Apartment Plan.

Why are residential students required to purchase a meal plan?
In order to ensure that our students are eating, living, and learning in healthful ways, Holy Cross requires all residential students to purchase a meal plan. The College promotes a multidimensional learning experience that transcends classroom studies, Kimball Dining Hall and our other locations on campus are social hubs on campus and help to build community, encourage healthy living, and enrich the college experience.

What does “unlimited” dining mean?
With the “unlimited” meal plan, students will never run out of meals.  You’ll have unlimited access to Kimball Main Dining Room during normal operating hours (7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

Does any unused Dining Dollars balance roll over from semester to semester?
No. Unused meal swipes, guest swipes and/or dining dollars do not “roll over.” They are non-refundable and non-transferable and will expire at the end of each semester. 

What about meals for family or guests?
The Resident Meal Plan includes up to 5 guest swipes per semester.

How often may I eat in Kimball Main Dining Room?
Students on the Resident Meal Plan have unlimited access to Kimball Main Dining Room from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Come and go as often as you’d like throughout the day during operating hours.

Can I take food out of Kimball Main Dining Room?
No. Meals in Kimball are dine-in only and cannot be carried out. Take-out options are available in any of our retail locations.

Why am I only allowed one piece of fruit or one ice cream treat as a take-out from Kimball Dining Room?
The Dining Room is an all-you-care-to-eat facility. Allowing one piece of fruit or one ice cream treat as a take-out item is a way to meet your needs for an easy carry snack and still control costs. Uncontrolled take-out would lead to a much more expensive meal plan, as well as some food safety issues.

Where can I use my meal plan and how do I gain access?
Students can use their Meals in the Kimball Main Dining Room. The Resident Meal Plan also allows students to use up to 8 meal swipes per week in Lower Kimball Food Court.  Dining dollars can be used in any of our retail locations across campus including the Lobby Shop. To use your meal plan, you must present your Crusader OneCard to the cashier.

What’s the difference between Kimball Main Dining Room, Kimball Food Court and Crossroads?
The Main Dining Room is an all-you-care-to-eat while in the dining room option. Kimball Food Court and Crossroads offer a-la-carte menus with the option of dine-in or take-out. Your meals (swipes) are accepted in the Main Dining Room. Your Dining Dollars are accepted there and in HC Dining’s a la carte locations.

Can I change my meal plan?
The Residential Meal Plan is required for all students living on campus.  However, students living in Figge, Williams or off-campus may change to the Apartment Plan if they choose.

How can I pick up a meal for an ill friend?
With Health Services approval, a friend may use a sick student’s ID card to pick up a meal at Kimball Dining Hall. Students picking up such a meal should state their intention to the Cashier and ask the Dining Room Manager on duty for assistance.

Where can I find the daily menus?
All of our menus are listed online. You can find them by visiting:

I have questions - Who do I contact?
If you should have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to call, we would be happy to assist you.

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