By Kristine Hamlyn
Memorial’s Board of Regents has approved a new food
services contract. The result of much research and ingenuity
on the part of Student Affairs and Services, the contract
comes with major benefits to Memorial students.
The nine-year contract, signed with Chartwells, takes a
more a fresh food approach than in previous years, explained
Christine Burke, assistant director, housing, Student Affairs
“Students now see more food
cooked on-the-spot in front of them, they have more fresh
food options, including fruits, vegetables and sandwiches
made fresh for them,” she said. “The contract
also caters to students with allergies, international tastes
and vegetarian preferences. Chartwells has recognized this
increased variety of needs and as a result has become very
conscience about any cross-contamination between foods.”
Students with meal cards now have more value and several
options available to them. With a simple flash of the card,
students may enjoy a all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch and
dinner at Memorial’s main dining hall or choose to
dine at one of Chartwells’ many other locations in
the Arts, Science, Engineering or Education buildings. Those
who are not on the mandatory residence meal plans are also
able to take advantage of this flexible and convenient way
to eat healthy. Anyone, including students, faculty and
staff can purchase 10 meals for $75 or 20 meals for $125.
Even further, Chartwells caters to specific individual requests.
Students, faculty and staff alike may place food orders
ranging anywhere from exam snacks to birthday cakes to fruit
Ms. Burke went to on to mention the Munchouse, located in
the bottom floor of Hatcher House, open Thursday to Saturday
from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Sundays from 9:30 p.m.
to 1:30 a.m.
“Students can get anything from fries and hotdogs
to subs and salads. The food and hours of operation caters
to the needs and wants of students.”
Ms. Burke serves on the food services committee along with
Brian Johnston, director, housing, Student Affairs and Services,
representatives from each house and MUNSU. The committee
was vital in the development of the new food services contract,
ensuring that student needs were met, and remains an integral
part of maintaining student input.
Acting on their own desire to satisfy the needs of students,
Chartwells has developed What’s Happening and Let’s
Talk Boards. The boards are used to display the weekly menu
along with any promotions happening at the time. Chartwells
further encourages students to use the boards for posting
suggestions, complaints or compliments to which the manager
will post a reply within 24 hours.
The new contract will also bring renovations to several
areas of the university. Plans are underway for the main
dining hall and engineering cafeteria; science and other
areas will follow. These areas will receive a fresh new
look and be equipped to offer several food options at each
“We are quite happy with our decision to remain with
Chartwells for this contract,” said Ms. Burke. “They
were simply the best choice and we look forward to seeing
all the changes they will be implementing in the future.”