Meal Plans

At Dordt Dining Services, our goal is to provide the best possible dining experience. And that starts by selecting the meal plan that best suits you.

Residential Meal Plans

These meal plans offer you a combination of weekly meals and Defender dollars. By doing so, you get a customized plan that's right for you.

Students in residence halls (North Hall, East Hall, West Hall, and Covenant Hall) are required to purchase a meal plan from the college. Each student is automatically assigned the Value Meal Plan, which includes 21 meals per week plus $100 Defender dollars. Students may opt out of that plan and instead choose the Reduced Meal Plan, which includes 15 meals per week plus $100 Defender dollars.

Students in on-campus apartments automatically receive $200 Defender dollars with their housing.

All students may add more money to their Defender dollars account by visiting the business office on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Meal Plan?

A Value or Reduced meal plan is required if you reside in any of the four traditional halls (North Hall, East Hall, West Hall, and Covenant Hall).

Meal plans allow you to enjoy the convenience of on-campus dining and the following great benefits:

What is a Weekly Meal Allowance?

Your meal plan allows you a set number of meals per week–15 or 21 meals/week. Your weekly meal allowance gives you the opportunity to enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Commons Dining Hall. Each time you eat in Commons Dining Hall, one meal is subtracted from your weekly meal allowance.

What are Defender Dollars?

These are supplements to the weekly meal allowance and can be used in the Defender Grille only. They work like a bank debit card; each time you make a purchase the total is subtracted from the balance in your account.

Can I treat a friend by using two "meals" in a meal period?

You are the only person allowed to use your “meals” and you can only use one meal per meal period.

If you would like to treat a friend, you may pay for their meal using your Declining Balance Dollars.