Food services is a source of bitter controversy on campus. With so many vegetarian, vegan, health-conscious, and epicurean students, Sodexo (the campus food provider) could do a better job keeping everyone happy. Many students find the food to be repetitive and unhealthy with inferior ingredients. The cafeteria hours are limited, and the weekend ushers in a food drought of sorts. NCF has a food-conscious population that finds itself saddled with a food service provider who, despite attempts to improve, continually underperforms student expectations. In fact, there have been talks of starting a student-led food co-op program to replace Sodexo's services.
There is one main dining hall on the East Side of campus (Hamilton Center). On the West Side, the popular student-run Four Winds Café provides an alternative. Students and professors congregate there for discussion, tutorials, and relaxation. The Four Winds provides a necessary alternative to the Sodexo doldrums. Unfortunately, the meal plan cannot be used there without paying a transfer fee. Surprisingly, a large amount of students makes the transfer. Sodexo could be better, but at least they’re keeping people nourished. The cooks are open to student input, so it’s all a matter of letting them know what you want. However, just having only one food locale accepting meal plan dollars is aggravating to say the least.