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Meal plans required at Loyola limit commuters with dietary restrictions

Although meal plans for off-campus students only include 250 Wolfbucks, Loyola’s meal plan requirement has recently come under fire from off-campus students who have dietary restrictions as they say a lack of options prevents them from using the plan.

Loyola catering general manager Charles Casrill said Sodexo has been a leader in creating new menu options for vegans, vegetarians and allergy sufferers. Casrill added that Loyola and Tulane recently made a commitment to the Humane Society Plant to achieve a 42% plant-based menu by 2025.

But environmental science junior Ellie Redemann said current options aren’t good enough. As a commuter and a vegetarian, she said vegetarian options on campus were limited and she had to go off campus to accommodate her preferences. Either way, Reedman still has to pay for an on-campus meal plan.

“I really didn’t think it was worth it to me,” she said. “Vegetarian options were never really great.”

Residential Life Director Chris Rice defended the meal plan requirement. Rice said student satisfaction and engagement are driving factors behind the requirement.

Sara Candia, public relations manager, said she does not support the required meal plan because she finds it unfair that students have to spend more money ordering food. She argued that on-campus options are not substantial.

“I like my veggies and well-cooked food. On campus, I don’t feel like that’s really an option,” she said.

Rice said students who have dietary restrictions can resolve their concerns through the Office of Accessible Education or by contacting Kelsey Rosenbaum, Sodexo’s regional campus dietitian, if the dietary restriction is not medically necessary.

Marketing student Riley Keelty, who lives on campus, said the process of addressing those concerns was frustrating.

“I’m spending over a thousand (dollars) this semester on these resources that I don’t use,” she said.