Although food from UNC’s dining halls might cause some students to get heavier, next year it might cause their wallets to get a little lighter.
Residential meal plan costs will increase next year by an average of $63.43, or nearly 4.6 percent, from $1,384.29 to $1,447.71.
Scott Myers, director of food and vending for Carolina Dining Services, said the increase is due to inflation in the cost of food and plans to raise the minimum wage for all staff.
“One of the things we are really happy about that we have built into the increase is raising our minimum hire rate from $9.25 an hour to $10 an hour,” he said.
But some students who have the problem of leftover meals at the end of the semester are unhappy about the hike, an average 31 cents more per meal across residential plans.
Junior Fiona Day said many students are in a similar position to her, in which they are sold meal plans that do not fit their needs.
“It’s terrible,” she said.
“I think that less and less people will get meal plans if they put the prices up — more and more people will just sit in their rooms and get cereal like me.”
At UNC, 25 percent of all meals bought by students are wasted — revenue that subsidizes Carolina Dining Services’ meal plan prices.