Dining Handbook

Mission Statement

Provide happiness by producing a fresh food experience in a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff and guests of Hesston College.


Director of Dining Services: Dakota Cox, dcox@freshideasfood.com
diningservices@hesston.edu, 620-327-8177

Bontrager Student Center Dining Hall

Dining Services offers a variety of menu options throughout the day for students and will regularly feature special meals and dining events. Students are welcomed and encouraged to submit feedback and menu ideas on the dining program to the director and chef. Meal plans are required for all students living on campus.

Meal Plans

  • All Access Plan + $50 Larks Dollars at $3,168 per semester (required for freshmen and sophomores, available to all students)
  • 150 Meal Block + $50 Larks Dollars at $2,376 per semester (available to juniors and seniors)
  • 75 Meal Block + $50 Larks Dollars at $1,140 per semester (available for seniors)

Juniors and seniors will select a meal plan at the beginning of each academic year. Those who do not respond will be assigned the All Access Plan. Changes may be made for second semester if desired. Send change requests to studentlife@hesston.edu.

Larks Dollars can be used in the Larks Nest or for additional meals in the dining hall.

FreshX App

Your Hesston dining app provides dining hall menus, nutritional and allergen information, your meal plan and Larks Dollar balances, mobile ordering for the Larks Nest, feedback opportunities and serves as your dining program ID. FreshX will be promoted in the registration line. Contact the director of dining services with questions or for more information.

Dining Hours/Pricing

Guest/Adult Off-Campus Student/Child*
Monday-Friday (open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. with hot meals at the following times):
Breakfast (7:30 to 9 a.m.) $5.75 $4.50
Lunch (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) $9 $6.75
Supper (5:30 to 7 p.m.) $9 $6.75
Sat. Brunch (11:30 a.m. to noon) $9 $6.75
Sat. Supper (5:15 to 6 p.m.) $9 $6.75
Sun. Continental Breakfast (8:30 to 10 a.m.) $5.75 $4.50
Sun. Lunch (noon to 12:45 p.m.) $11.50 $8.25
Sun. Supper (5:15 to 6 p.m.) $9 $6.75

*Child prices are for children ages 5 to 12. Children under 5 eat free.

Meal Schedule During Breaks and Days Without Classes

On days without classes, the serving schedule will include brunch and supper with no between meal cold bar services.

During breaks (e.g. fall break, Thanksgiving break, etc.), students remaining on campus will be given opportunity, via email and/or resident directors, to sign up for meals they plan to eat. Students who go through the line who did not sign up for that meal will receive a charge to their student account. This will be communicated through Formation announcements, Larks in the Loop and email.

Special Services Provided

Sack Lunches
Sack lunches are available to boarding students whose on campus work or class schedule prevents them from eating in the cafeteria.
Sick Meals
Meals are provided for those who are sick and unable to eat in the dining hall. Contact the on call office by text, WhatsApp or calling 620-217-0051. Sick meals consist of a can of chicken soup, jello, applesauce and crackers with a drink and toast from the dining hall. This will be delivered to your rom by student life staff.

Dining Services Accommodations

For students with documented dietary needs, Hesston College works with each student to determine reasonable accommodations when the student has filed a request with Disability Services Coordinator Jennifer Auge, and submitted adequate documentation as described below. The request for accommodation must be as specific as possible and normally must be accompanied by the Documentation of Disability form or an equivalent report (e.g. a copy of a medical diagnosis or dietician’s evaluation).

Students may be asked to supplement the documentation provided. Once a specific request for accommodation is received, staff will work interactively with students to identify one or more appropriate accommodations, which may or may not be the specific accommodation(s) requested. The college is required to provide reasonable accommodations that are effective, although they may not be the specific accommodations requested in all cases. The plan will be reviewed at the start of each semester.

Students are required to notify the director of dining services within six hours before missing a meal with menu substitutions. Students who repeatedly miss meals with menu substitutions may risk having less menu substitutions provided. In addition, unused special purchase food items may not be reordered. In cases where group meals are provided for field trips or athletic competitions, students must communicate with Dining Services director well in advance as to whether a special meal is needed or if students will provide their own food. Provided meals will be charged to the student account.

If Dining Services is not able to reasonably accommodate dietary needs according to the documentation, students may be eligible for a 10-meal plan at a reduced rate. Meal plan accommodation must have administrative approval from the vice president of student life.

Dining Hall Policies/Understandings

Shoes and shirts must be worn in the dining hall at all times. Backpacks and water bottles must be left outside the dining hall in the lobby area of Bontrager Student Center.

Food and property of the college may not be taken from the dining hall. We have an “all you care to eat” policy which provides you with plenty to eat while you are in the dining hall.

Kansas health code requires that diners use clean dishes and glassware when returning for seconds servings of food and beverages. Do not bring personal glasses, cups or dishes into the serving area.

Inappropriate behavior in the dining hall, including: throwing food and other items, creating messes that make the area unusable by others, tampering with food products or equipment or displaying offensive or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. These actions are seen as a violation of Hesston College’s Campus Community Standards and will be dealt with by the Student Life department.

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