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Student Meal Plans

Whitworth University, in conjunction with the university's caterer Sodexo, has designed a meal program guaranteed to meet your individual needs. To read more about each meal plan and what it offers, visit Whitworth Sodexo Dining.

To view your current meal plan on Pirate Port or go directly to it via this link: Whitworth Meal Plan.

To check your balances, go to or ask any Sodexo cashier.

To change, add or cancel a meal plan, go to the Whitworth Meal Plan Change/Request Form.

We generally recommend that students new to Whitworth choose the Pirate Gold or Pirate Platinum plan for at least their first semester. These plans offer students the most meals per week and yet still have a sizable amount of Flex Dollars to use outside the dining hall.

The Sodexo staff and managers are available nearly anytime to answer questions or respond to comments. We love to hear from you. Please contact Angela Elison, marketing coordinator, at 509.777.4754 or

Meal plan options Dining Hall Meals per Week Flex Dollars per Semester 23/24 cost per Semester
Pirate Platinum Unlimited $175 $3,100
Pirate Gold 16/week $375 $3,100
Pirate Silver 13/week $325 $2,890
Pirate Bronze (available to Boppell residents, Whitworth Neighborhood residents and off-campus students) 125/semester $425 $2,050
Commuter 1 (available to Whitworth Neighborhood residents and off-campus students) 15/semester $785 $825
Commuter 2 (available to Whitworth Neighborhood residents and off-campus students) 7/semester $300 $315

Notes about Meal Plans

  • Flex Dollars Versus Pirate Bucks
    • Flex Dollars are part of every meal plan offered by Whitworth.
    • Flex Dollars can be used for all purchases in the Café, the dining hall, the Pines Café, the Mind & Hearth and the Starbucks in Robinson Science Center. Once all Flex Dollars are spent, no more can be added to an account. However, Pirate Bucks can be added at any time and used in the same fashion.
    • Pirate Bucks are similar to Flex Dollars in all ways but they can be added to an account at any time in any dollar amount. Pirate Bucks do not expire at the end of spring semester but remain available so long as a student is still enrolled at Whitworth.
    • To add Pirate Bucks to an account, speak with any Sodexo cashier station, call 509.777.4588, stop in to Sodexo's office (just outside the dining hall), or go online to purchase Sodexo Dining Pirate Bucks. Pirate Bucks are convenient because students need not carry cash – just their student I.D. that they're already using around campus – to get into the various eateries. Additionally, a 10 percent bonus is given with any Pirate Bucks purchase. For example, when a student purchases $100 in Pirate Bucks, Sodexo will add an extra $10 in bonus Pirate Bucks.
  • Fall meal plans last from the beginning of the fall semester through the end of Jan Term (provided a student is enrolled in Jan Term; otherwise, the plan ends at the end of Fall Term). Spring's meal plans start at the beginning of spring semester. 
  • Meal plans are only available to a student provided they are enrolled. If a student has no active credits, their meal plan is canceled.
  • Changes to fall meal plans are granted from June 1 through 5 p.m. of the 10th day of fall semester classes. Changes to spring semester meal plans are granted from Jan. 1 through 5 p.m. of the 10th day of spring semester classes at 5 p.m. Any request outside these times will not be processed. However, meal plans may be increased to a higher plan through the first 10 weeks of each semester.
  • Any remaining Flex Dollars from the fall will automatically be credited toward a spring meal plan assuming the student has a spring meal plan. Fall Flex Dollars will not remain available for use during Jan or Spring Terms if no spring meal plan is assigned.
    • The only exception to this applies to students who weren't required to purchase a meal plan in the fall but still did so (e.g., Whitworth Neighborhood residents and off-campus students). These students' fall Flex Dollars (and Block Meals, if a Commuter plan was purchased) will remain active through the Spring Term even if no meal plan is assigned for the spring. 
  • All meals and Flex Dollars zero out at the end of spring semester.
  • A fresh allotment of meals will be added weekly on Friday for Gold and Silver plans; unused weekly meals will not carry over into the next week.
  • Platinum meal plans allow unlimited dining but only for the owner of the plan. Any time a platinum user swipes in more than once during the same meal period, each additional entry will be charged against the owner's remaining Flex dollars.

Overages/Canceling Your Plan

Should a student cancel their meal plan, a refund (when applicable, see below) will be issued based on the refund schedule for a traditional semester found here.

Flex Dollars and Block Meals are subject to full charge depending on usage above the published overage for length of stay at the university. Flex Dollars are charged at actual amount while Block Meals are calculated at the current “cash” rate for entering the dining hall. Overage is defined as any amount of spending over the accumulated average weekly spending of a particular meal plan based on a 15-week semester.

NOTE: Students who voluntarily select a meal plan (as opposed to those who are required to have one) will not receive 100% refund within the first two weeks as noted in the school’s refund schedule. Instead, students who voluntary select a meal plan and then cancel it within the first two weeks of classes but also continue their enrollment at Whitworth will be billed for each of their Block Meals used at the current “cash” rate for entering the dining hall, as well as for any Flex Dollars used. (Contact Sodexo for the current “cash” rate.) Cancellations after the first two weeks will be processed based on the school’s refund schedule. Block Meal usage and/or Flex Dollar spending will be directly billed to the student.