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Those Harvard undergraduates who don't head south for spring break won't starve, thanks to Harvard Food Services.
Students can purchase a seven-day lunch and dinner contract for the recess period--March 29 through April 5--for $60 if they sign up for the program by March 18 in their house dining hall or at the Freshman Union. People on the plan also get brunch on April 5.
Kirkland House will be the only dining hall open for food, except Dudley House. All of the other undergraduate houses and the Union will be closed from March 29 until dinner on April 5.
The 15 meals on the spring break plan cost somewhat more on average than the school year plan--$3.75 per meal instead of $2.90--said Associate Director of Food Services Benjamin Walcott.
Approximately 300 students are expected to sign up for the meal plan, which has been offered for the past three years, Walcott said. "Typically, athletes [staying for practice and games] are on the meal plan," he said.
College officials said they don't know how many people will stay in Cambridge for the week. "It's not a holiday like Christmas when people are expected to go away," said Dean of Students Archie C. Epps III.
The Dudley cafeteria in Lehman Hall will remain on its usual schedule, serving a la carte meals Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. However, Food Service officials said they don't expect the cafeteria to make money.
"There's definitely a drop in our overall income [for the week of spring break,]" said Richard J. Montville, operations manager of the College dining halls. "We keep Dudley open for the convenience of the kids who are still around and don't want to buy contracts."
While students are taking their break, Food Service workers will be going to school. Harvard is sponsoring its 25th annual training session for dining hall workers from March 29 through April 2, Walcott said.
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