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Meal Plans at Western

Meal Plan Options

  • 19 meals per week
  • $175 in Flex Dollars (to be used exclusively in the Rare Air Café and Mad Jacks)
  • $2,839.50 / semester
  • $5,679.00 / academic year

  • 15 meals per week
  • $175 in Flex Dollars (to be used exclusively in the Rare Air Café and Mad Jacks)
  • $2,591.50 / semester
  • $5,183.00 / academic year

  • 10 meals per week
  • $250 in Flex Dollars (to be used exclusively in the Rare Air Café and Mad Jacks)
  • Available only to second-year students and above
  • $2,289.18 / semester
  • $4,578.36 / academic year

  • 80 meals
  • $100 in Flex Dollars at Mad Jack’s
  • $838.00
  • *Please note this plan is not refundable

Rolls over between Fall and Spring semester

  • 40 meals
  • $50 in Flex Dollars at Mad Jack’s
  • $418.00
  • *Please note this plan is not refundable

Rolls over between Fall and Spring semester

  • 20 meals
  • $25 in Flex Dollars at Mad Jack’s
  • $209.00
  • *Please note this plan is not refundable

Rolls over between Fall and Spring semester

Residential students may choose their meal plan during the housing application process. Off-campus students may order a meal plan by contacting Residence Life in UC 117 or by email at reslife@western.edu. Meal plan changes or cancelations must be requested in writing by emailing Residence Life at reslife@western.edu.

*The Blue Mesa Plan or Mountaineer Plan is required for all first-year students.
**This plan is only available to second-year students or above.

Prices are subject to change.

Campus Dietitian

Western Colorado University’s campus dietitian is Gina Vega, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Her primary role as the Campus Dietitian is to liaison between the student and our culinary team. Gina provides accommodations for any individual who may experience nutritional issues ranging from a medical condition such as Celiac disease to a food allergy. She also offers nutrition counseling for all students. If you are interested in working with our campus dietitian directly, please click on this link: https://calendly.com/co-dietitian to schedule or email gina.vega@sodexo.com.

Rare Air Café

The Rare Air Café embodies convenience and community. From dawn to dark, you can enjoy a well-balanced, all-you-can-eat selection of food while enjoying downtime with friends, classmates or even just a quiet meal by yourself.

In a rush or short on dining time? Simply purchase a “Choose to Reuse” container, load it up and dash off to your next class, meeting or the bus up to Crested Butte. The Rare Air has gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

If you have a specific food allergy, please address your need by calling Dining Services at 970.943.2000.

Rare Air Hours

Days Hot Breakfast Continental Breakfast Lunch Extended Lunch (limited menu) Dinner
Monday-Friday 7:15-10 a.m. 10-11 a.m. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 1:30-2:00 p.m. 4:45-7 p.m.
*Closes at 6:15 p.m. on Fridays
Weekends Brunch Dinner
10 a.m.-1 p.m. 4:45-6:15 p.m.

For any questions, comments or concerns regarding the Rare Air Café, please reach out to Eric Jaeger, the Sodexo General Manager, at Eric.Jaeger@sodexo.com.

  • Breakfast $9.59
  • Lunch $11.87
  • Dinner $12.30

Faculty/Staff meal plan pricing:

  • $74.60

Mad Jack’s

Located in the heart of campus at the University Center, Mad Jack’s is the place to swing by for a quick snack, cup of coffee or late-night tub of ice cream. Outfitted with coffee tables, comfy couches and fireplaces, you will frequently see students studying and gaming as much as they are eating.

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and weekends 1-7 p.m.

Everyday App

The Everyday app allows students to view dining hours, menu nutrition and allergen information for the Rare Air Café. Students can download the Everyday app (by Dynamify) on their mobile device.

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