Dining Services Wins Gold Award for Multiple Concepts at National Food Services Contest

AMHERST, Mass. – The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) has announced that the University of Massachusetts Amherst Dining Services received a gold award in the 2007 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards for residence hall dining – multiple concepts.

The competition was based on menu selection, merchandising, presentation, marketing and nutritional soundness. Ken Toong, director of dining and retail food services at UMass Amherst, says 700 member schools participated in the national contest. In 2006, UMass came in second in this category and in 2005 was the first-place winner, Toong says.

“We are very proud of our achievement,” says Toong. “Our dining programs have been in the top three for the past several years.” Award presentations will be made this July in Seattle, Wash., at the NACUFS national conference.

UMass Amherst Dining Services operates the third-largest campus dining program in the country with 13,000 students on the campus meal plan.