Here are some of the most asked questions from students and parents regarding Colby's dining program. If you have a question that isn't covered here, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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What Sodexo programs are available to me so that I can be the healthiest me possible?
Sodexo has many programs and tools available to assist you. Check out the following:
A Better Tomorrow Starts Today!
Learn more about making smart choices for your health, for your community and for your planet
Meet the Dietitian
Get answers for your dietary questions from one of our registered dietitians
Use MyFitnessPal and Sodexo's Nutrition Calculator to plan and track your meals
||Sodexo's nutrition icons will make it easier for you to make healthy choices which identify items that are Mindful , gluten free, local, organic, vegan or vegetarian.
Look for these nutrition icons on the foods being served on campus to help you meet your dietary needs or desires. If you need assistance finding the right types of foods for you, please reach out to one of our managers or executive chefs.
What is Simple Servings?
||Simple Servings is Sodexo's innovative resident dining offer developed to meet the growing number of students who have food allergies, celiac disease, and non-celiac gluten intolerance. It offers fresh and flavorful meals prepared without milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, or gluten. Simple Servings' promotes plain and simple wellness foods focused on ingredients and/or portion sizes for the purpose of weight control, blood sugar control, and other health reasons.
What is Mindful?
is the Sodexo wellness program designed to promote a healthy lifestyle. It is a multi-tiered program offering a variety of healthy menu choices developed by a combination of dieticians and executive chefs. The nutrition criteria for an item to be mindful are: less than 30% of the calories are from fat; no more than 3 grams of saturated fat; less than 100 mg of cholesterol; less than 850 mg of sodium; less than 600 calories; and at least 3 grams of fiber.
How does the Take 4 Lunch Option work?
|Who do I contact to discuss food allergies or other dietary concerns?
Please contact our District Executive Chef, Wendy Benney at email@example.com or at 207-859-5460. She will be happy to sit down with you one-on-one to discuss your campus food options. Her office is located in Roberts Dining Hall. Please also review our allergen information sheet.
The Take 4 lunch option is available to all students at the Caporale Lounge, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. In exchange for a lunch meal swipe from your board plan, you are able to create a quick and easy "grab-and-go" lunch option by choosing 4 items--an entree option (which includes a rotating cycle of food items such as pre-made sandwiches and salads, burritos or pasta), a fountain beverage, plus two items chosen from the desserts, snacks, fruit and vegetable sticks menu.
I'm not on a meal plan. How much does it cost to eat a meal at Colby?
All meal prices run the same at each of our three dining halls. For Colby students only, breakfast is $3, lunch is $5, and dinner is $7. Everyone else, including faculty, staff and guests, is charged at $4 for breakfast, $6 for lunch, and $8 for dinner.
I would like to bring a guest with me to the dining hall. Is that possible?
Every student on a full, 21-meal board plan has 5 guest meals per semester on their meal card. Students on the 100-meal plan have 2. Identify your guest to the checker when you present your student I.D. If you have used your guest meals for the semester, your guest can pay cash for their meal at the door prices listed above.
What is the Spa Meal Option?
Both the 21-meal plan and the 100-meal plan allow one meal per week to be used at the Spa. (Note that the meal plan week begins each Friday at breakfast and ends with Thursday dinner). The Spa will feature a different meal plan special for each meal period which can be used as an exchange for one board plan meal.
What is the 100-meal plan?
Your student I.D. will automatically be activated with this plan if you live in the senior apartments or off-campus. As a member of this plan, you have 100 meals available in the meal access system which are reset to 100 at the beginning of each semester. You may use these meals at any time during a semester but cannot add unused meal credits to the following semester or borrow meal credits if you run short before the semester ends.
I live in the senior apartment complex. Do I have to be on the 100-meal plan?
The 100-meal plan is automatically applied to your student I.D. without a cost to you. You always have the choice, however, to sign up for the full 21-meal plan. If you did not choose that option before the school year began and would like to switch to the 21-meal plan, just go to the office of Financial Services to sign up.
What do I do if I lose my student I.D?
New I.D.’s are available from the ColbyCard office which is located on the first floor of the Garrison-Foster Health Center building. Their hours are 8:30-4:30, Monday through Friday. At night and on weekends temporary I.D.’s are available from the office of Safety and Security located in Roberts Union.
Some friends and I are getting together, can Dining Services help with the food?
You don’t have to head off-campus for your party supplies. Dining Services has a Student Catering-To-Go Program which allows you to order your food over the phone and pick it up when you need it. The list includes everything from beverages to munchies and it is priced for the student budget. Best of all, all paper supplies are included! Check out your options at the Especially for Students Page.
Does Dining Services use trans-fats when cooking?
Dining Services has pledged to be trans-fat free.