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Meal Plan FAQ

Which Meal Plan is best for me?

Which meal plan is best for you really is dependent on what you do on campus. We do reccomend that when you first arrive on campus, that you choose the 21 meal plan at least the first semester to gauge how you live and are active on campus. This is especially true for freshmen in the regiment during the fall semester, as they are required to be on campus until the end of MUG month. Also, for those active in sports, please remember that Box Lunches ordered for aways games also will be charged to your meal plan if you have one. Are you here during the weekends, do you eat breakfast every day? Is there a possibility of having watch and being here? These are questions you should ask yourself while determining a meal plan. We can help you on a person by person basis if you aren't sure, just come into the dining services office and ask or drop us a line at

Meal Equivalency FAQ

I missed breakfast today and want to use my box lunch for for that meal, can I still go to lunch?

Sorry, box lunches are ONLY available for use to replace lunch period meals unless you have gotten prior approval from a Dining Service manager.   Your meal plan only allows for one meal per meal period, so if you don't use it, you lose it.  

I might miss a meal because of another reason, can I get a boxed lunch?

Sorry, no.  Equivalency is only for class conflicts, not other conflicts such as working or other activites.   If you have a pressing conflict, you need to talk to a Dining Services manager BEFORE your conflict to see if we can help you in a different way.

What if I have a 17 or 12 or 5 meal plan and run out of meals?

Each box lunch that you use takes a meal off of your meal plan for the week.   If you have a 21 meal plan, you should not have this problem.  If you have a 17 or 12 meal plan or Commuter 5 Meal Plan and still have flex available on your account, we will be able to take the flex equivalency for your meal (based on meal cash prices).   Unfortunately, we are unable to take Declining Balance, cash or check for a boxed meal if you do not have either meals or flex..  Please remember that all meals, including some sports away meals, and Late Night breakfast also takes a meal off of your account, so please plan your meals accordingly.

What if I use a meal equivalency where I'm not approved for one?

Please be aware that this is a service to you, and the Waypoint would be unable to handle the amount of requests if we opened it to everyone.   Because of that, those who are found filling out an equivalency where they have not received prior approval may be subject to being asked to pay for their meal or even disciplinary action.

I don't qualify for equivalency, but may be missing meals. What can I do?

For the most part, other meals are not covered with meal equivalency, but if you have a valid concern for missing meals, please come talk to a Dining Services manager, we are here to help.

Tray-free Dining FAQ

Why is MMA Dining tray-free?

Tray-free dining is a trend that Sodexo leads in many colleges and universities around the country in an effort to be more sustainable and to continue to be more environmentally friendly. It is an important facet in Sodexo's Better Tomorrow Plan.

How does this impact the environment?

Going tray-free not only helps us save water by not having to clean the hundreds of trays that are used on a typical day, but also saves on refuse by decreasing wasted food. When dining at an all-you-care-to eat dining location, it can be easy to take more than we will actually consume. This problem is exacerbated when we have a large tray to "fill up." With tray-less dining, we reduce the amount of food that is taken yet never eaten.  The Better Tomorrow Plan focuses on the health of our guests as well. Dining with a tray encourages overeating and exceeding daily recommended caloric intake.

Are there exceptions?

We will provide trays for students who require extra assistance provided by a tray.

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Important Info

Lost Cards
Lost or stolen Meal Cards need to be replaced as you need your MMA ID throughout campus, including to access your meal plan and Mariner Money..  Should this happen to you, you should stop by the Residential Life Office in Curtis Hall. 

Dietary Needs
Do you have particular dietary needs?  Please let us know!  Our Campus Dining Services Program can accommodate your special dietary requirements.  For more information, please contact us at (207) 326-2460.

Dining Policies
One of our main goals is to provide a pleasant, clean, comfortable and satisfying dining experience. In order to meet this goal, we ask for your assistance with the following procedures:

  • Please bus your dishes and disposables from your table when you have finished dining
  • Please refrain from taking food, dishes or utensils from the dining area.
  • Remember that Meal Cards are non-transferable.  Meal cards cannot be used by anyone but the purchaser.
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