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Meal Dollars running low? Didn't buy a plan? Like to snack between meals? Reload with Food Dollars! 

Pay with Food Dollars and save 15% on all campus dining purchases!

Food Dollars are a declining balance that can be added to your Phoenix Card at any time, in any amount.  Food Dollars can be used at ANY dining location on campus. Food Dollars are a GREAT way to customize your Meal Plan based on your dining habits.

To reload with Food Dollars, simply stop by the Phoenix Card office in McCoy Commons 201 or visit: www.elon.edu/e-web/bft/pxcard

Want to check your Food Dollar balance? Follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the Phoenix Card website.
  2. Select "Check Account Balance"
  3. Click Sign In.
  4. Enter your Elon username and password.
  5. Your Food Dollars balance will appear on the top left.

Please note: Food Dollars may be used at any dining location on campus except Irazu, which is independently owned. Food Dollars may not be used at locations off campus, for copies, at vending machines, in the campus shop, etc. 

Faculty & Staff Meal Plans

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How would you like to eat a delicious, fresh-made lunch for only $6? Don’t lose your parking spot, buy a Faculty & Staff Meal Plan!

Elon Dining offers exclusive Faculty & Staff Meal Plans at deeply discounted rates!

Faculty & Staff 25 Meal Plan: $150* + NC Sales Tax = $160
*Only $6 per meal!

Faculty & Staff 50 Meal Plan: $275* + NC Sales Tax = $294
*Only $5.50 per meal!

Benefits:

  • Deeply discounted meal rates! Pay only $5.50 - $6 for a an All-You-Care-To-Eat meal at Colonnades, McEwen or Lakeside Dining Hall.
  • Use your meals in all Dining Halls and all retail dining locations using the Meal Exchange Program!*
    • *The Meal Exchange Program is a system used in retail dining facilities to allow you to purchase combo meals for a meal swipe. Go to the "Locations" tab on this website for a complete list of retail Meal Exchange options.
  • Your meals never expire, rolling over from year to year!
  • Use them during breaks and summer, whenever our locations are open!
  • Take colleagues, friends, family, or students to lunch using your meals!
  • No more carrying your wallet around, your meal plan will be stored on your Phoenix Card!
  • You won't lose that parking spot you fought for this morning. A full meal is just a short walk away!

Sign Up Today!

You can sign up for an exclusive Faculty & Staff Meal Plan by contacting the Bursar’s Office.
Alamance 113
Email: bursar@elon.edu
Phone: 336.278.5300

*Faculty & Staff Door Rate*

Is a Meal Plan too big of a commitment? Want to get to know Dining a little better first?
Faculty and Staff door rate of $6.99 (including tax) at Colonnades (including Green World at 1889), McEwen, and Lakeside Dining Halls!

Food Dollars

The best option if you snack often or buy a la carte instead of combo meals at retail locations. Find out more about Food Dollars.

Phoenix Card Payroll Deduction

Employees can have payroll deduction for Food Dollars. Here's how:

  1. Go to OnTrack for Employees
  2. Under "Employee Profile," choose "Phoenix Card Payroll Deduction" 

 We look forward to you dining with us!

Meal Plan Terms

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Elon Dining Services strives to provide students with the most economical and flexible meal program possible. The following policy information provides you with an idea of how you can get the most out of your meal plan:

Liability Information

You must present your Phoenix Card to the cashier each time you dine in any of our facilities. Meal plan members may not pass, sell, or loan their cards to others.  All Access meals may only be used by the meal plan member and may not be used to purchase a meal for another guest. The following methods of payment may be used by the meal plan member for a guest: Guest Meals, Block Meals, Meal Dollars, Food Dollars, Phoenix Cash, Cash, and Credit Card.

Annual Contracts 

All meal plans are annual contracts.  Except as otherwise expressly stated in these terms, all 2016-2017 Elon Dining funds are non-refundable and will expire on May 17, 2017.  The student pays for the fall and winter semester in the fall and the remainder of the annual cost is automatically billed to the student’s account for the spring semester. The student will be billed for the same Meal Plan in the spring semester unless the Meal Plan is changed or cancelled during the permitted time frame. 

Meal plan changes, cancellations or downgrades are only permitted up to 2 weeks after the start of classes each semester (second Tuesday after the start of fall and spring semesters). Changes can be made online at www.elon.edu/myhousing, over the phone at 336.278.5436, or in person at the Phoenix Card Office in McCoy Commons 201.  After the meal plan change deadline, you are obligated to that meal plan for the academic semester unless you are leaving the University. Students who withdraw from the University will be refunded a pro-rated amount. 

NC Legislature Changes

The NC legislature, as many other state legislatures have been doing over the last few years, has made a series of tax law changes. Among these was a change described below by the NC Department of Revenue: 

Session Law 2013-316 signed into law August 23, 2013 by the Governor, repeals the exemption in G.S. 105-164.13(27) effective January 1, 2014.  General Statute 105-164.13(27) provides an exemption for the sale at retail and the use, storage, or consumption in this State of "[p]repared food and food served to students in dining rooms regularly operated by State or private educational institutions or student organizations thereof."  As a result of the repeal of the exemption, sales of prepared food and food served to students in dining rooms by institutions of higher education are subject to tax effective January 1, 2014.  

The Fall 2017, Spring 2018 meal plan prices are:

MEAL PLANFALL 2017SPRING 2018
 All Access + 14          $4,233  $3,341
 All Access + 7      $3,983  $3,143
 All Access Basic  $3,336  $2,633
 300 Block  $1,839  $1,839
 200 Block  $1,465  $1,465

2016 - 2017 Meal Plan Start and End Dates

Fall 2016 Meal Plans begin August 26, 2016 and end December 17, 2016. Winter 2017 Meal Plans begin January 1, 2017 and end January 25, 2017. Spring 2017 Meal Plans begin January 28, 2017 and end May 17, 2017.

Meal Plan Changes

Authorized changes are permitted through the second Tuesday of the Fall and Spring semesters. Changes can be made online at https://www.elon.edu/myhousing or in person at the Phoenix Card Office in McCoy Commons 201.

Meal Dollars

Meal dollars may be transferred from semester to semester within the same academic year the meal plan was purchased (must purchase same or higher priced meal plan in Spring for meal dollars to transfer). Roll over Meal Dollars will appear on student accounts after the Add/Drop period ends. At the end of the Spring semester, any unused funds will be forfeited. Meal Dollar funds are non-refundable. Unused 2016-2017 Meal Dollars balance will expire on May 17, 2017.

Meal Plan Requirements

  • First-year Students: - Required to have the All Access + 14, All Access + 7 or All Access Basic meal plan in all residence halls.
  • Sophomores: - Required to have at least the All-Access Basic Meal Plan in all residence halls and Greek houses. Students living in University apartments, Newman Center and Trollinger House must select at least the 300 Block Meal Plan.
  • Juniors: - Required to have at least the All-Access Basic Meal Plan in all residence halls. Students in Danieley K, the Colonnades, Greek houses, Global Village, and Academic Village must select at least the 300 Block Meal Plan. Students in apartments are encouraged to select a Meal Plan.
  • Seniors: – Required to have at least the All-Access Basic Meal Plan in all residence halls. Students in Danieley K, the Colonnades, Greek houses, Global Village, and Academic Village must select at least the 300 Block Meal Plan. Students in apartments are encouraged to select a Meal Plan.

What do I do if I have lost my Phoenix Card?

Always report a missing card to the Phoenix Card Office at 278-5436 as soon as you are aware that your card has been lost and/or stolen. On nights and weekends, you can suspend activity on your Phoenix Card by visiting our website at http://www.elon.edu/e-web/bft/pxcard/. Visit the Phoenix Card Office to receive a replacement card or a temporary card.

Meal Plans FAQ

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How do I purchase a meal plan?

You can purchase a meal plan one of three easy ways: 

  1. Online at https://www.elon.edu/myhousing
  2. In person at the Phoenix Card Office in McCoy Commons 201
  3. Over the phone with the Phoenix Card Office at 336.278.5436 

When do 2016-2017 Meal Plans start and end?

Fall 2016 Meal Plans begin August 26, 2016 and end December 17, 2016.
Winter 2017 Meal Plans begin January 1, 2017 and end January 25, 2017.
Spring 2017 Meal Plans begin January 28, 2017 and end May 17, 2017.

Where can I use my All Access Meals, Guest Meals, Meal Exchange, Block Meals, Meal Dollars, Food Dollars, Phoenix Cash, Cash and/or Credit Card?

LocationAll Access MealsGuest MealsMeal
Exchange
Block MealsMeal DollarsFood DollarsPhoenix CashCashCredit Card
Colonnades Dining Hall & Green World at 1889 X X   X X X X X X
Lakeside Dining Hall X X   X X X X X X
McEwen Dining Hall X X   X X X X X X
Winter Garden Cafe (includes Topio's, Freshii, and Biscuitville)   X X X X X X X X
Fountain Market (includes Boar's Head Deli and Salads)   X X X X X X X X
Acorn Coffee Shop   X X X X X X X X
Qdoba Mexican   X X X X X X X X
Varsity Sports Grill   X X X X X X X X
Java City at KBC   X X X X X X X X
Chick-fil-A   X X X X X X X X
Argo Tea   X X X X X X X X
Einstein Bros. Bagels   X X X X X X X X
Irazu*             X X X

*Irazu is not an Elon Dining dining location. Meal Plans may not be used, but Phoenix Cash, Cash, and Credit are accepted.

What are Meal Dollars?

Meal Dollars come with your meal plan. These can be used at any Elon Dining facility working on the same principle as a debit card.  Meal Dollars carry over from Fall to Winter and Winter to Spring (must purchase same or higher priced meal plan in Spring for meal dollars to transfer). Roll over Meal Dollars will appear on student accounts after the Add/Drop period ends. If you run low on Meal Dollars, reload with Food Dollars. 

What are Food Dollars?

Food Dollars are a pre-paid declining balance account used exclusively in dining locations on campus. Food Dollars are a great way to customize your meal plan based on your individual eating habits: snacking, dining in casual restaurants, purchasing groceries, etc. Food Dollars differ from Meal Dollars in that they are added in addition to your meal plan. You can add Food Dollars at any time. Simply stop by the Phoenix Card office in McCoy Commons 201 or visit http://www.elon.edu/e-web/bft/pxcard/

You'll save 15% at the register every time you pay for your purchase with Food Dollars. 

Check your Food Dollar balance:

  1. Go to the Phoenix Card website.
  2. Select "Check Account Balance"
  3. Click Sign In.
  4. Enter your Elon username and password.
  5. Your Food Dollars balance will appear on the top left.

Do unused Meal Dollars and Block Meals roll over to Spring Semester?

Unused Meal Dollars roll over from Fall Semester and Winter Term to Spring Semester with the renewal of the same or higher Meal Plan. Roll over Meal Dollars show on student accounts after the Add/Drop period ends. Downgrading or cancelling a plan between Fall/Winter and Spring Semester forfeits any unused Meal Dollars. Meal Dollars expire at the end of Spring Semester.

Any unused Block meals from Fall Semester and Winter Term will roll over to Spring Semester with the renewal of a Block 200 or Block 300 or an upgrade from a Block 200 to a Block 300. Roll over Block meals show on student accounts after the Add/Drop period ends. Downgrading or cancelling a plan between Fall/Winter and Spring Semester forfeits any unused Block meals. Unused Block meals expire at the end of Spring Semester.

Food Dollars, which are in addition to your Meal Plan (see 'What are Food Dollars?'), roll over from semester to semester and year to year until you leave the University (graduate or withdrawal).

Are Meal Plans taxed?

The NC legislature, as many other state legislatures have been doing over the last few years, has made a series of tax law changes.  Among these was a change described below by the NC Department of Revenue:

“Session Law 2013-316 signed into law August 23, 2013 by the Governor, repeals the exemption in G.S. 105-164.13(27) effective January 1, 2014.  General Statute 105-164.13(27) provided an exemption for the sale at retail and the use, storage, or consumption in this State of "[p]repared food and food served to students in dining rooms regularly operated by State or private educational institutions or student organizations thereof."  As a result of the repeal of the exemption, sales of prepared food and food served to students in dining rooms by institutions of higher education are subject to tax effective January 1, 2014.” 

The sales prices of student meal plans have been adjusted in order to accommodate sales tax due.

My University bill confused me; the amount in the Fall Semester doesn’t seem to add up to the new amount for the Spring Semester, why?

The bills for the Fall Semester included the cost of the Winter Term as well as the Fall Semester. The Spring Semester bill is simply for the Spring.

Are Phoenix cash and food dollars transactions taxed?

When Phoenix cash or food dollars are used for a transaction; the tax will be applied, just like cash or credit card sales are, currently.

Can I treat a friend?

The following methods of payment may be used by the meal plan member for a guest:  Guest Meals, Block Meals, Meal Dollars, Food Dollars, Phoenix Cash, Cash, and Credit Card.  You may treat whomever you want, whenever you want, as long as you are present to swipe your Phoenix card (not required if paying with cash or credit card). Meal plan members may not pass, sell, or loan their cards to others. All Access meals may only be used by the meal plan member and may not be used to purchase a meal for another guest.

Where can I use my All Access Meals?

The All Access meals included with the All Access meal plans may only be used at Colonnades Dining Hall, Upstairs McEwen Dining Hall, and Lakeside Dining Hall. 

If I sign up for the All Access Basic, where can I eat?

The All Access Basic gives you unlimited access to Colonnades Dining Hall, Upstairs McEwen Dining Hall, and Lakeside Dining Hall. You may use your meal dollars at any dining location on campus. A guest meal can be used at any of the locations listed above for a guest or by the All Access meal plan member to purchase a Meal Exchange for themselves.

Where can guest meals be used?

The free guest meals included with the All Access meal plans may be used at any Elon Dining Services location (see chart above). A guest meal can be used to gain entry into any of our residential dining hall locations or to purchase a Meal Exchange combo.All Access meal plan members may use their guest meals for themselves to purchase a Meal Exchange combo meal.

What are my options if I run out of block meals before the semester is up?

You may purchase a block of 25 meals from the Phoenix Card Office if you run out of meals before the end of the term. You may also add Food Dollars at any time to supplement your meal plan.

What if I don’t use all of the Meal Exchanges that come with the All Access + 14 or All Access +7 meals plan?

The Meal Exchange combo meals that come with the All Access + 14 and All Access +7 meal plans must be used each week (beginning on Wednesday morning and ending on Tuesday night) or they will expire. If you find you have too little or not enough Meal Exchange combo meals, you may change to a different meal plan during the first two weeks of the fall and the spring semesters.

Can I take my meal to-go if I don’t feel like eating in the dining hall? 

Yes! We can give you a to-go container to take your meal to-go from any of the residential dining halls. The to-go container must be fully closed when you leave. 

What if I have special dietary needs or restrictions? Can I purchase a meal plan?

Yes! We will do everything possible to accommodate your dietary needs, restrictions and preferences.

Vegetarians can find options in all of our Elon Dining locations. Vegans can find options in most dining locations. Items made without gluten can be found at all dining locations including a dedicated station, The Edge, at Lakeside Dining Hall.

If you have special needs not addressed here, please contact our campus dietitian, Amanda Cerra RDN, LDN, to set up an appointment. Amanda can be reached by phone: 336.278.5333 or email: cerra-amanda@aramark.com. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs. 

How do I change my meal plan?

Authorized changes are permitted through the second Tuesday of the Fall and Spring semesters.  Changes can be made online at Elon Web Services (https://www.elon.edu/myhousing) or in person at the Phoenix Card Office in McCoy Commons 201. 

Who is required to buy a meal plan?

The meal plan requirements are as follows:

  • First-year Students: - Required to have the All Access +14, All Access +7 or All Access Basic meal plan in all residence halls.
  • Sophomores: - Required to have at least the All-Access Basic Meal Plan in all residence halls and Greek houses. Students living in University apartments, Newman Center and Trollinger House must select at least the 300 Block Meal Plan.
  • Juniors: - Required to have at least the All-Access Basic Meal Plan in all residence halls. Students in the Colonnades, Greek houses, Global Village, and Academic Village must select at least the 300 Block Meal Plan. Students in apartments are encouraged to select a Meal Plan.
  • Seniors: – Required to have at least the All-Access Basic Meal Plan in all residence halls. Students in the Colonnades, Greek houses, Global Village, and Academic Village must select at least the 300 Block Meal Plan. Students in apartments are encouraged to select a Meal Plan.

What if I'm a commuter or not required to purchase a meal plan?

A meal plan is worth more than you think! You don't have to worry about wasting money on ATM fees or carrying cash. Just swipe your Phoenix Card and go! Meal plans offer combo meal options in conveniently located dining spots all across campus. Plus, your meal plan is recession proof. That means, when food costs fluctuate, your costs don't. We've designed two meal plans with commuters in mind. The 200 Block and 300 Block Meal Plans are the perfect fit for students who don't live on campus.

Between classes, work and your social life there's little time to prepare food at home - we're here for you! We've got plenty of grab and go options to choose from when you're on the move.  Feeling like a home cooked meal? Have a meal with us in one of our residential dining halls. Either way, we're here to meet your needs.

Who can purchase the 200 Block Meal Plan?

The 200 Block Meal Plan is only available students living off campus and non-mandatory junior and senior university apartment residents.

Can I eat in the dining halls if I don't have a meal plan?

You can purchase meals on a cash or credit basis at Upstairs McEwen, Lakeside, and Colonnades dining halls at the following rates:

  • Breakfast     $10.55
  • Lunch          $11.75
  • Dinner         $11.75

What if I have a question not answered here?

Complete our online comment form on the "Contact Us" page of the website or simply call us at 336.278.5333 between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. We are happy to answer any questions you have. 

Bonus Blocks

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Block LTO

Available to voluntary students who do not currently hold a Meal Plan for the Spring 2017 semester.