Champlain College's Dining Services is run by the Sodexo company. Each student living on campus is required to buy an unlimited meal plan, and students off campus have the option of buying a commuter plan with 40 meals per semester. There is only one dining hall at Champlain, and it is open from 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Meals are available in three-hour periods, and in between, the grill, sandwich, and salad bars are open. There is also always cereal, bagels, fruit, and other snacks. Students are not allowed to take food outside the café, though. The food prepared is usually really good, especially toward the beginning of each semester and during events on campus. Often Sodexo brings in local farms and food manufacturers for local dinner nights, the smoothie bar, and other specialties.
As part of Vermont's commitment to healthy, local, and organic foods, Sodexo's top priority is to cater to every dietary need—vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and other allergies. To buy individual meals, the dining hall costs about $6 for breakfast to $9 for dinner. Each student with a meal plan receives two guest swipes on his or her card per semester. The Champlain Dining Hall also has a Facebook page, where it posts meals for the day, and students leave their comments and suggestions. The dining hall tries its best to cater to these suggestions.