Freshman wins free meal plan from Binghamton University Dining Services

Schools and Libraries

September 26, 2017

Binghamton University Dining Services made one freshman's parents very happy.  First year student Jack Murphy is the Taste of Community Dining grand prize winner of a $2,500 Spring 2018 meal plan. 

"His father Tom and I thrilled for Jack that he won the grand prize- and really just for eating," said his mother, Alison Murphy. "It's such a nice bonus for us that we don't have to worry about how he'll be eating next semester - he'll be eating well at all the dining halls.  What a gracious gift to be given from Binghamton Dining Services."

During welcome week, "A Taste of Community Dining" opened all four dining centers to students, providing a custom tour, complimentary samples of dishes served, and a chance to win prizes including the meal plan. Campus dietitians attended the event to answer health and wellness questions and address any concerns about food allergens. The event gave freshman and other new students an idea of what to expect when they come to eat at the dining halls. 

"I'm not really good with words, so if you'd like something about my win it'd probably be better to get an answer from my mom because she and my dad are paying for pretty much everything, so they probably have a lot to say," said Murphy. "And if I were to say something, I guess I would just say it's pretty crazy to win $2,500 just to look at the dining halls."

For more information about Binghamton University Dining Services, contact Casey Slocum at 607 777 3014 and via email at

(PHOTO CAPTION: Taste of Community Meal Plan Winner, Freshman Jack Murphy, along with Resident General Manager BUDS, John Enright, Baxter the Bearcat and Binghamton University Residential Life Resident Directors Amber Wade and Lauren Sewell)