Welcome to our Award Winning UMass Dining. We’re ready to serve you.
We are the second largest campus dining operation in the nation. We serve more than 40,000 meals daily.
Let us share with you a few things about campus dining. First of all, it is not what it used to be like. Campus dining has become more like fine dining, and the food is a lot better and healthier than it once was. Home Cooking, local sourcing, using freshly prepared ingredients, serving sustainable seafood, offering global cuisine and serving food that is good for you, these are the guiding principles for the food we prepare in the kitchens of UMass Dining.
Our mission is to serve our customers a variety of healthy and flavorful meals featuring local, regional and world cuisine, served in a sustainable and environmentally-conscious manner. We provide more than just nourishment; we provide a familiar place for your students to congregate with friends to ‘break bread’ together or to simply dine on their own without feeling awkward. Dining is an integral part of campus life and memories made at the Dining Commons will surely last a lifetime.
To build excitement, we have one or more special events each week. From the ever-popular Visiting Guest Chef Series, Lobster Night, to the Taste of UMass, your students will enjoy them all.
We have revamped many recipes to champion the cause of healthy eating. Among key initiatives are replacing trans-fats in meals with better-for-you fats, reducing sodium in recipes by 30%, serving 15 world cuisines daily and reducing the size of meat portions, while offering a greater variety of proteins from plant and fish sources. At the same time, whole grains, vegetables and fruits are offered in abundance and customers are encouraged to exercise daily. We have various ongoing campaigns to promote healthy eating.
UMass Dining is family dining; we love to see you dine with your students. In fact, parents and family members always eat free when students are on meal plan. We also invite you to submit your favorite recipes from home; many of the recipes will be compiled into our sixth edition of the UMass Taste of Home Cookbook. Many previously submitted recipes have already been incorporated into our menus, since we know “there is nothing better than home cooking.”
Thank you for your support of UMass Dining. The success of our program is largely a result of your contributions.
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We look forward to seeing you on campus!
Ken Toong, Executive Director, Auxiliary Enterprises
Facts about UMass Dining Services
From Farm to College: 27% of produce is from local farmers
Number of Meals Served: Over 5 million
Number of Cuisines Served: 15 daily
Number of Dining Facilities: 30 (4 DCs, 8 retail, 8 cafes, 4 C-stores, University Club, Kosher Dining, Halal dining 2 Concessions, 2 food trucks)
Number of Employees: 700 FTEs and 1,500 students
Number of Chefs: 15
Hours of Operation: Continuous Dining from 7:00 am to midnight, retail location from 7:00 am to 1:00 am