Earlham students are known and love for their dedication to social justice and their sense of empathy for others in the community. Throughout our time working with the college, Metz Culinary Management has enjoyed how engaged the students and faculty are in creating an intentional environment.
This compassion is shown through students’ participation in the Points4Kids Program that Metz at Earlham promotes at the end of every semester. In 2017, Earlham students managed to donate over $6,000 in unused meal plan points.
So, what exactly is the Points4Kids Program? The Points4Kids program is a collaboration between Metz and the Richmond Community Schools to provide its students with nutritious meals, ensuring that kids have access to wholesome meals. Often times due to certain circumstances, these kids may not have filling meals to fuel them for studying. As Metz strongly believes in supporting the community through food, we want to share with community members.
The best thing about this program is its collaboration. Earlham students help us tremendously with this program by donating their Quaker Points – their digitalized money to use in our dining system – to pay for these meals. As mentioned above, every year we see impressive donation amount as a concrete proof of Metz and Earlham’s effort in contributing to the Richmond city.
In the photos, you can see our lovely staff members pushing cartons of orange juice bottles, cereal boxes, and nutrition bars to deliver to the Richmond Community Schools. As the semester is coming to an end, we are excited to see how much we will raise this year for the Points4Kids program!
Students living off-campus, college houses, or Campus Village sometimes have trouble finding time to fill their stomachs in between classes because of their living distance from campus. During the week, students will go to campus to take classes, allowing them only an hour to go for lunch. Understanding the value of nutrition for students, we would like to re-introduce the two amazing options for our community meal plans: EC Maroon Plan (20 meals/ semester) and EC White Plan (40 meals/ semester). With these two options, you can pass by Cafe 1847 and the Dining Hall, swipe your Earlham ID card to dine just in time for classes!
Another amazing thing about this is that you can find online what menus are being offered for the week in the Dining Hall. Options at Cafe 1847 are the same as meal exchange, featuring our students' favorites such as cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, burritos, and fries!
The starting price for EC Maroon Plan is $225 and EC White Plan is $390, both of which includes meals and Quaker Points. These 2 types of meal plans give students flexibility on when and where they want to use it. With Quakers Points, which is digitalized money on your student ID, you can even pass by Intermetzo for a hot cup of coffee in the morning or a refreshing smoothie in the afternoon.
Because we know that Earlham students always have "too much on their plate" in terms of academics and extracurricular activities, we want to fill up their actual plates as well. We believe nutritious meals support great students.
Stop by our office, in the dining hall, to learn more.
Have you met Lee Polk, our new retail and marketing manager for Metz at Earlham?
Lee grew up in Texas and has been working in the foodservice industry for over 40 years. Before coming to Earlham, he was working for 28 years in Georgia, of which he was an executive chef at one point. He is excited about the chance to meet new students and make a difference with regards to foodservice. He understands that the college will be students' home for 4 years, so he wants to do his best for students to have a great experience.
Here is a fun fact about Lee: He loves to fly kites and is very experienced with making them. In fact, he won a scholarship for a kite building seminar happening next March in Oregon.
If you ever pass by the Cafe 1847, come to say hi to Lee!