Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Life

Dining & Food Service 2021-22

Board plan prices for the 2021-22 year can be found here.

Bon Appétit Management Company operates the college’s food service program. They are a provider of premium contract food service programs. Bon Appetit brings made-from-scratch restaurant style dining to Reed College, with a commitment to quality, innovation, social responsibility, and customer satisfaction. Bon Appetit strives to provide a dining experience for the Reed community that meets individual dietary needs while providing an interesting and healthy variety of options. Bon Appetit is also the exclusive caterer for Reed College. For more information, please visit their website.

All students residing in Reed housing except for the apartments must participate in the food service program. Residents of on-campus apartments and students living off campus have the option to purchase a board plan or Commuter Commons Cash.

Food Service Locations and Hours of Operations

Bon Appetit at Reed College operates three cafes on campus, each one unique to the other with offsetting hours so students always have a variety of options from 7:30am until midnight. For added convenience and an alternative way to purchase your food we have implemented a mobile online ordering application to all three outlets.


The Transact Mobile Ordering Application is linked to all three Bon Appetit outlets and provides students with an alternative way to shop for food and groceries. Students can download the Transact Mobile Ordering app to their smartphone or tablet and search for “Reed College Dining”, enter the required campus credentials and you can place your order at any Bon Appetit location! For questions about your order students can contact the mobile ordering staff directly via zoom text at 503-517-4038. 


You can download the app for Apple or Android and sign up from your smartphone.


For more information about mobile ordering at Reed College select the following link:



Commons Café is our flagship location, with several different food concepts or “stations” throughout that offer unique dining options that change daily, including multiple vegan and vegetarian options available during each meal period. In addition to prepared from scratch meals, Commons also has a wide variety of bottled beverages and snacks, grab and go options, homemade desserts and ice cream novelties. Commons is located in Gray Campus Center and is open Monday through Friday  7:30 a.m.–10 p.m. with increased food offerings during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On weekends, Commons is open from 10am – 2:30pm for brunch and reopens for dinner in the evening from 5pm to 7pm.

The Marketplace is your one stop shop for all things retail. The Marketplace offers fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of staple grocery items, candy and snacks as well as bottled beverages. The Marketplace also offers sushi made daily, hot and cold grab and go items, burritos and has a great kombucha selection both bottled and on draft. The Marketplace is located in Gray Campus Center and is open 10am to midnight Monday through Friday and 12pm to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Located in Aspen Hall, Canyon Cafe is where you’ll get your caffeine fix! Canyon Café features Caffe Umbria Coffee Roasters and offers a wide variety of espresso-based specialty drinks. Canyon Café also offers nitro infused cold brew on tap and kombucha as well. Canyon features local bagels from Henry Higgins, French pastries and desserts from Marsee Bakery and house-made grab and go items throughout the day. Canyon Café is open 7:30am to 7pm, Monday through Friday.

Bon Appetit provides more specific information on hours of service as well as current menus for the week on their website.

Bon Appetit hours of operation are subject to change during academic breaks. Please check their website for updated information.

Meal plan options

In designing meal plans, we try to take into consideration the eating habits of the average Reed student. This includes the volume of food purchased per meal, the frequency with which meals are eaten, and how often one takes advantage of dining outside of "regular" meal hours. In an attempt to keep the cost of plans at a reasonable rate, the very heaviest eaters or those at the top of the curve of any group may need to add dollars to their individual plan. Students can add board points to their account by purchasing them at the cashier's window.

Plan A—$7510/year ($3755/semester)

Plan A has a purchasing amount of $2,121 per semester and is designed for the student who will eat almost every meal on campus and often take advantage of late night dining hours.

Plan B—$7150/year ($3575/semester)

Plan B has a purchasing amount of $1,902 per semester and is designed for the student who will occasionally miss meals and who may take advantage of late night dining.

Plan C —$6690/year ($3345/semester)

Plan C has a purchasing amount of $1,633 per semester and is designed for students who do not plan on eating all their meals from Commons.

The plans operate on a declining balance or debit system. In accordance with the plan selected, students begin each semester with a set amount of board points (meal plan dollars) electronically added to their balance. Students then pull from their balance as they purchase food using their student ID card as their board card. If a student runs out of board points they can add additional points to their board card. Students can view their current balance on their most recent receipt or by asking a Bon Appetit cashier. Students can reference the “Suggested Weekly Cash Balance” sheet which provides a general guideline of what a student’s suggested balance should be at the start of each week of the semester. This information can be found in Commons Cafe, located by the cash register kiosk.

The objective of the college's board program is to provide a full service, high-quality, and cost effective meal plan for students. The College operates the program to break even annually.

The cost of the meal plan is allocated between the base and board points. The base is used to maintain Commons and The Marketplace, including utilities, interior / and exterior maintenance, repairs, renovations, custodial services, food equipment maintenance, repairs and replacement, dining furniture, dishes and administrative overhead support (accounting, payroll, insurance, etc). The board points are largely used to cover labor, food preparation and food grocery costs. Annual increases are used to cover increasing costs of food, salaries, wages, and benefits for Commons personnel employees.

Board coverage

For the purposes of calculating weekly usage rates, fall semester board begins with dinner on Monday, August 23, 2021 and ends with lunch on Friday, December 17, 2021. Spring semester board begins with dinner on Sunday, January 23, 2022 and ends with lunch on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. The board plans are designed to provide meals for only the approximate 15 weeks that classes are in session each semester.

Students on campus before classes commence may use their board plans starting August 23, 2021. Students who are on campus during winter break and Paideia can use their board points during the limited dining hours that Commons has during those breaks. However, be aware that this will affect the ability to ensure their board points last through the end of a semester.

Purchasing additional meal plan dollars

Students can track their board point balance on IRIS. Should a student run out of board points during the semester, they can purchase additional points by:

  • Using cash or checks at the cashier's window in Eliot (NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED).
  • Using a credit card or ACH by using the make a payment function on the business office website.

Students purchasing additional board points will receive a 10% bonus from Bon Appetit, which is added as additional board points to their board card.

If a student depletes their board points before the end of the semester and are unable to purchase more points please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Students may also obtain additional board points by acquiring them from another student.

Transferring board points between students

Students are permitted to transfer board points from their account to another boarding student’s account with the following stipulations:

  1. Both students must be on a board plan.
  2. A minimum of $25 can be transferred and a maximum of $200, per semester.
  3. Transferring board points take place in the commons managers office. Both students must be present with their Reed ID. Please contact Michale Bucuvalas Director of dining services. Michael Bucuvalas
  4. The College and BA will only assist in the electronic transfer of board points from one student’s card to another and not in the collection or distribution of the points.

Transferring board points between semesters

Meal plan dollars that are not spent in the fall semester will carry over to the spring semester provided the student purchases a board plan for the spring semester. Students in the apartments who opt not to sign up for a board plan or who petition and are approved to break their contract for the spring semester will forfeit any board points remaining from the fall semester. All meal plan dollars remaining at the end of the spring semester will be deleted. Commuter Commons Cash are active for students until the student’s graduation.

Petitioning off the board plan

Petitions off the board plan are exceptionally rare and are usually related to medical or religious needs that Bon Appetit is unable to meet. More information can be found here.

If a student successfully petitions off the board plan and has remaining board points the business office will issue a pro-rated refund (for the base portion) and the board points will be deleted. A student does not receive a refund for unused board points regardless of when they file a petition. Exceptional circumstances should be appealed to the Director of Residence Life for Housing.

Changing board plans

Students can change their board plan by notifying the Residence Life Office in email for fall semester by September 10, 2021. Board changes for spring semester can occur on or between January 1, 2022 and February 4, 2022.

Lost or stolen ID cards

During orientation, each new student will receive a Reed College ID which functions as the student’s board card. If the ID is lost, stolen or misplaced, a replacement can be obtained at the Community Safety office located in 28 West and the student's account is charged $10.

Temporary board cards

Should a student temporarily misplace their ID, a temporary board card can be obtained directly from the Bon Appetit office in Lower Commons.

Commuter Commons Cash

Off-campus students, staff or faculty may purchase Commuter Commons Cash at any time during the semester at the cashier’s window in Eliot. Commuter Commons Cash does not expire until the cardholder leaves Reed. A 10% bonus is added to all Commuter Commons Cash purchases by Bon Appetit.


A prepared-meal replacement option is available when the college’s board program is open, through the use of “packouts”. Packouts are unprepared food products requested through Commons. A list of available items available can be obtained from Bon Appetit. Packouts are limited to a maximum of $300 per semester, with a weekly limit of $100 per pack out. Packouts will not be processed for non-student groups. There is an assumption in the agreement that the food is for student consumption. With all packouts, there will be no buying back of food by Bon Appetit.

Refunds for students who take a leave from Reed

If a student goes on leave during the middle of the semester, they will receive a pro-rated refund of the base and the remaining board points. If the student has already paid for the board portion of the upcoming semester, but the semester has not yet begun, they will receive a refund for the amount of the semester. The business office determines the daily pro-rated amount to be refunded.


If you have questions concerning the dining program or special needs that you need addressed, please contact the residence life office by calling 503-777-7536 or emailing