For the first time, Bowdoin Dining Service is offering a formal meal plan for students staying at the College over Thanksgiving Break.

According to Kennedy, some Thanksgiving break meals have been offered in the past, but not on a consistent basis.

"We've been offering some Thanksgiving services for a number of years, but it's been sporadic," said Mary Lou Kennedy, Director of Dining and Bookstore Services. "This is the first time it's been more or less continuous through the break, with the exception of Thanksgiving [Day]."

After a request from the Dean's office asking whether the Dining Service could hold more consistent hours over break, Kennedy said she found employees willing to work over the holidays.

Kennedy said she did not know whether more students would be remaining on campus than usual this Thanksgiving, but that the number of students who sign up for the board plan will help the College gauge how many students remain at school.

"In the past, we haven't really known who is on campus other than the athletes," she said.

Students who want to sign up for the plan, which includes three dinners and two brunch meals should e-mail Dining Service Business Manager Steve Cole by November 24.