I'll get straight to the point: UMass’s “Grab n’ Go” service is a lifesaver. If you're hungry but running short on time, "Grab n' Go" will be your best friend.
The system itself is very easy. At each of the four dining halls — Worcester, Franklin, Berkshire, and Hampshire — there is a location where they offer "Grab n’ Go" food. The hours for each location varies alongside the food they offer, but each one is extremely convenient. The way it works is that a student would go to the "Grab n’ Go" area, choose which foods they want, then give the cashier their UCard to swipe as a meal. These areas are located at the dining commons but usually in a separate location to where the actual dining food is. What makes "Grab n’ Go" so good is that the food is perfectly packaged so you can bring it anywhere you want! Students will take advantage of this and bring the food to their dorms, or to the library to eat while studying.
As for the food itself, UMass goes above and beyond and actually has variations every single day of what is available for "Grab n’ Go" so students do not get bored or sick of the same things. The hot entrees change on a daily basis, but the cold entrees like sandwiches, salads, and more are consistent in case you don’t want to think too much about what to eat. What makes "Grab n’ Go" even better is that you are able to double swipe and get two entrees on one visit to the dining commons. This is especially useful when you need to stockpile on food because you are sick or need to study hard for an exam. One key thing to note is that Hampshire and Worcester Dining Commons are the only two to offer "Grab n’ Go" breakfast, which is a blessing when you might be running a few minutes late for class and need something to eat.
As a freshman, I had no idea how to get the food at "Grab n’ Go" so I didn’t really take advantage of it. Now that you know how it works, make sure you check out what kind of food they have because it really is a game changer when it comes to UMass Dining!