Dining at Amherst College

During the Fall Semester 2021, Dining Services will be offering a distributed dining model to create social distancing while still offering a robust menu. Watch this video for information about ordering meals, meal pick-up locations, and other steps we’ve taken in our dining program to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Welcome to our table! At Amherst, you’ll be eating great meals with great friends. Our dining locations — from Valentine Hall to Schwemm’s Coffee House — are bright, cheerful spaces where you can settle in for real conversations. Our food is real too. We use fresh, local ingredients, much of which comes from our Book & Plow Farm.

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Students working on the Book and Plow Farm

Amherst Eats Local: Our Book & Plow Farm

How local is our locally-grown produce? At Amherst College, you can barely break a sweat walking to where your salad came from.

Amherst’s own Book & Plow Farm supplies Dining Services with a variety of fruits and vegetables, including carrots, onions, summer squash, kale, mustard greens, tomatoes, and bok choi as well as herbs and more.

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Amherst Eats Healthy: Our Nutrition Program

ACNutrition is our online tool that helps you:

  • Identify well-balanced meals.
  • Learn the nutritional value of your food.
  • Manage allergens and intolerances.
  • Find options for specific diets, such as vegetarian or vegan.

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Amherst Recycles, Composts & More

Sustainable dining is one of our top priorities, and we’re expanding our program all the time.

  • We divert 84 tons of food waste per year.
  • We’ve eliminated the use of 20,000 plastic bottles per year.
  • We give unserved meals to local shelters and charitable organizations.

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 So far this year, Valentine has used over 33,000 lbs of produce from the Book & Plow farm at Amherst College!! 

Want to know when Val is open? Click here!
Visit AC Nutrition, an online tool to assist you with nutrition and allergen information.
GRAB 'N GO is located at Schwemm's Coffee House. Hours are Monday - Friday from 11am - 2:30pm following the class and exam schedule!!                     Check out the menus.

 Check out the Breakfast menu items in Val on our Food Facts page!



Letter from the Director

Welcome to Amherst! The Amherst College dining experience is much more than great food.  It is a community experience focused on great service, culinary expertise, fresh & natural ingredients with a commitment to environmental and social responsibility.  We are a self-operated, full-service dining operation for the entire campus community taking pride in providing you with a variety of balanced & delicious foods while being responsive to your individual tastes and nutritional needs. 

We operate the Student Dining program, Schwemm's Coffee House, Frost Cafe, Grab-n-Go and Lewis-Sebring Commons.

Dining Services has had long-standing success working with students with medically restricted diets.  If you have a food allergy or a medically related dietary restriction and have questions or converns regarding safe eating in Valentine, please contact Charles Thompson, Director of Dining Services or Jeremy Roush, Executive Chef to make an appointment to discuss your dietary needs.

The Dining Services staff & I take pride as a team of food service professionals, working together to enhance the excellence of the academic experience.  We want to make your dining experience as pleasurable as possible, so please feel free to stop by and say hello or aproach us with any questions you may have.   We welcome and appreciate your feedback about our food & service so we can better serve you as our customers.  This can be done in several ways; via the Dining Services website, comment cards, email, by phone or just stop by our office with your suggestions.  These comments are circulated to several members of our management team & the most appropriate person will respond to you.

Thank you for visiting our homepage.

Charles G. Thompson
Director of Dining Services