Resident Meal Plans 2021-2022

Frequently Asked Questions

How do these plans work?

Each Meal Plan consists of guaranteed number of meals per week (Sunday-Saturday) and a set amount of Flex Meal Points for use during the semester.

Three Plan options are available to allow Residents to choose which Meal Plan will best fit their lifestyle and their budget.

Additional value to our Resident Students.

Throughout each semester Dining services offers a number of Special Themed Dinners. There is no additional charges for Residents to attend these dinners. Special Themed Dinners will be advertised in advance so all residents will know about them.

How can I voice my opinion in regards to Dining Services?

Your feedback is critical to us. Residents are encouraged to participate and serve on the Food Service Advisory Board. You may email us at or speak with the manager on duty.

What do I do if I must miss a meal because of my schedule?

To reduce the possibility of missed meals and to assist residents with unique schedules, we have designed our meal times around the current class schedules. Dining Services also offers a Convenience Meal Program for Residents whose coursework requires them to participate in off campus internships, classes, and similar activities. Such as, the Nursing Program and Student Teaching. Please contact RIC website for more information.

What do I do if I go over the dollar limit when purchasing a meal?

You may pay the difference using your Flex Meal Points, cash, Visa or Master Card.

Do unused Flex Meal Points carry over to the next Semester?

Unused Flex Meal Points do not carry over into the next Semester.

When can the Meal Plan be used?

This Meal Plan can be used seven days per week in the Donovan Dining Center.

Are accommodations available for special dietary needs?

Yes. We do assist Residents with special dietary needs. We provide gluten free and meatless options on a daily basis at both locations. We also support a number of Residents who are in need of special diets for medical reasons. Dining Services also offers dietary, nutritional, and related consultations with our Resident Dietitian, Bethany Tucker, R.D., LDN (401) 456-8477 free of charge.

Where can I use my meals?

All meals must be used in the Donovan Dining Center. A variety of menu items will be available during the times listed for each meal period.

Where can I use my Flex Meal Points?

Flex Meal Points can be used at Donovan Dining Center, The Café located in the Student Union, and vending machines throughout campus.

Which Meal Plan is the best?

All Residents are encouraged to choose Plan A which offers the highest number of meals per week (17), the most Flex Points per semester ($400), and the greatest value compared to cost.

Residents who choose Plan A have the opportunity to receive over $350 more in value than cost, when fully utilizing their Plan.

Can I use more than one meal at a meal period?

Yes. Residents may purchase up to 3 meals during one meal period, up to the weekly number of meals in their chosen plan per week, for added convenience. This is designed to assist Residents in fully utilizing and maximizing plan value.