Student concern is creating two major changes in dining services at Queens: weekend breakfast and new meal plan options.
Chartwells, the dining service provider, will begin offering a weekend breakfast option for all students in the 2017-18 academic year. Additionally, Chartwells is expanding the availability of some meal plans to juniors.
The changes began with trials of weekend breakfast options at the Coffee House, earlier this semester. Breakfasts were made available at 8:30 a.m. for three consecutive weekends. Jeff Brown, director of dining services, said a weekend breakfast option is important to student athletes.
“We have the opportunity to have breakfast before we compete in our meets on the weekend. Coaches only provide apples and granola,” said track and field athlete Taylor Reynolds. Athletes are not the only ones to benefit from this new option.
“I am a morning person and I like to get up and get my work done but it is hard to wait until 11 a.m. for breakfast,” says senior Nicole Petcka.
Beginning in late August 2017, the cafeteria will open for weekend breakfasts between 7:30 and 10 a.m.
New meal plan options will be available for all students, Brown said. Queens currently offers an unlimited meal plan, a 19-meal, a 15, and a 10-meal plan. Students who live in the North Residence Hall — along with seniors — also have a five- and a three-meal plan. However, with the new options, all juniors and seniors will be able to choose from an unlimited, a 17-meal, a 12, and a seven-meal plan. The North Residence Hall was sold.
However, with progress also comes challenge, Brown said. Weekend breakfasts in the Coffee House required Chartwells to add a morning shift, and finding student employees is sometimes difficult. But Brown expects to be fully staffed in the fall semester.