Notre Dame will for the first time keep its dining halls open during spring break. The decision comes after complaints from students who opt to stay on campus during fall and spring breaks.
Per a report from Notre Dame student newspaper, The Observer, students who choose to stay on campus during breaks are left to their own devices for food, having to rely on their own wallet rather than a meal plan. Now, however, Notre Dame Food Services has developed a trial program that will run from March 7-15 in the hopes of determining whether a permanent policy change should be made for future breaks.
According to the university, any student that currently holds a meal plan is eligible to use the dining halls during the break. Prior to this latest amendment, the only dining options on Notre Dame’s campus come spring break were fast food restaurants and a select number of on-campus establishments.
University officials explain that the decision was first based on the number of students remaining on campus during the break, as well as if the university’s dining hall better met those students’ meal needs.
The additional dining hall hours offer a great service to those students who choose not to spend money on travel come spring break time. According to the university, meal swipes used during spring break will count towards students’ existing meal plans at no additional cost.
Per Notre Dame’s Food Services website, the trial program will provide students with two meal windows each day starting March 7. Brunch will be offered each day from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with dinner open from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.