With measures used to manage the impact of the pandemic being rolled back—and honoring our commitment to sustainability—to-go containers at Val will be discontinued as of June 5. The containers’ use helped to minimize close contact in Val during the peak COVID period, but we still use approximately 1,000 containers a day, and an estimated 40% of the food in them is discarded. (Students pre-approved through the current meal plan exemption can continue to use the containers.)
Please know that this change is being made after very careful consideration. We value the important role Val plays in fostering genuine connections within our Amherst community. The Val team remains 100% committed to offering the highest quality food and service to all members of our community, and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we make important and necessary changes.