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The state-of-the-art facilities in Valentine Hall, the Keefe Campus Center and Frost Library provide quality food services for Amherst College students, faculty, staff and their guests. The Dining Services Office is on the lower level of Valentine Hall.
- Valentine Dining Commons
- Meal Plans
- Schwemm’s Gourmet Coffee House
- Lewis-Sebring Commons
- Frost Cafe
- Amherst College Catering
Amherst College Dining Services is one of the largest employers of students on campus. Each year, Dining Services hires approximately 200 students to work in Valentine during meal periods, helping in the servery and dishroom. They offer a variety of shifts that are compatible with student schedules. Also offered are positions with Catering Services, Schwemm’s Gourmet Coffee House, Lewis-Sebring Commons and the Frost Café.
Valentine offers an extensive variety of menu options that regularly include traditional entrées, pizza, grilled entrées, pasta, vegetarian entrées, vegan entrées and more. An extensive salad bar selection is also available at both lunch and dinner, along with a "Do It Yourself" Station that adds fun and flexibility to our program. Daily menus and nutritional information are available on the Amherst College Dining Services website. The dining hall welcomes all members of the college community.
First-year students are required to be on the Full Meal Plan. Sophomores, juniors and seniors have a choice of either the Full Meal Plan or the Lunch and Dinner Meal Plan.
The Full Meal Plan consists of unlimited access to Valentine dining hall, seven days a week, with two guest passes per semester. The Lunch and Dinner Meal Plan consists of unlimited access to the dining hall for lunch and dinner only, seven days a week, with two guest passes and $100 in Bonus Bucks per semester. Bonus Bucks are part of students’ meal plans and are active only while meal plans are active. Bonus Bucks are nonrefundable. Bonus Bucks may be used for campus food purchases at Valentine, Schwemm’s Coffee House, Frost Café, Catering and vending machines equipped with card readers. Students have the option of using their lunch swipe at our Grab-N-Go location Monday-Friday.
Our new Grab-N-Go program allows students an alternative to the dining hall. Lunch includes your choice of a salad or sandwich entrée, three sides (e.g., chips, yogurt, granola bars) and a drink. All items are also available à la carte. This option is available at lunch Monday through Friday during the academic year. Grab-N-Go is located in Schwemm's Coffee House.
Schwemm’s Gourmet Coffee House is on the first floor of the Keefe Campus Center. Offerings include a selection of specialty coffees, cold drinks, gourmet deli sandwiches, grilled items and assorted pastries.
Lewis-Sebring Commons is a facility for college employee dining. This facility is open for lunch on weekdays during the academic year and is available to students only if they are guests of college employees.
Frost Café is located in the northwest corner of Frost Library's first floor. The café features upscale pastries ranging from muffins and coffee cake to scones and brownies. It also offers cold drinks and specialty hot beverages, such as cappuccinos, lattes, teas, chai tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
The Catering Department at Amherst College provides many affordable food and beverage catering options for pick-up and delivery. Please go to the Amherst College Catering website, call (413) 542-2842 or visit the Catering Department for information about menus and services. Catering is located in the Dining Services Office in the basement of Valentine Hall.