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Dining and Meal Plans


Students in Merrill and Dakin Residence Halls will receive a full meal plan.  This includes full access to the Dining Commons, conveniently located next to the halls.  The Dining Commons offers meal service consisting of breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays when classes are in session, with brunch and dinner service on weekends and during break and study periods.  The Dining Commons also includes a snack and beverage service between meals with the full meal plan.

Students living in Prescott/Enfield Mods, will automatically receive a partial meal plan, but may choose to upgrade to a full meal plan.  The partial meal plan includes an $806 Dining Dollars balance, which can be used for any item sold at the Bridge Cafe or Kern Kafe, any food item (snacks groceries, and more) at the HampStore, at the Mixed Nuts co-op, and for meal service at the Dining Commons.  There are no meal period or transaction limits on Dining Dollars - buy what you want, when you want. Dining Dollars will roll over from the fall to Spring semester.

Students participating in the full meal plan will also receive a balance of $500 in their Dining Dollars account each semester for the purchase of alternate or additional meals, beverages, and snacks at the Kern Kafe (our campus coffee shop, open for breakfast and lunch) and Bridge Cafe (our quick service location located on the second floor of the Robert Crown Center, open for afternoon and evening hours most of the week).  Dining Dollars may also be used for food purchases at the Mixed Nuts co-op (a student-run organization), and the HampStore (our school store, located on the ground floor of the library). Dining Dollars will roll over from the fall to Spring semester and will expire at the end of the academic year.

The full meal plan also offers a Five College Meal Exchange Program that allows students who are enrolled in a course at a Five College partner during a meal period to take that meal at the host school, at no additional charge.

5 Guest Meals @ the Dining Commons Per Semester for All Students ( including students not living on campus) will also receive 5 guest meals at the Dining Commons per semester - stop by the Dining Commons at any meal period to pick up your guest meal tokens for the semester.  Please note that, as meal swipes are no longer used at the Bridge Cafe or Kern Kafe, tokens may only be redeemed for meals at the Dining Commons.

$250 in Hamp Dollars Loaded in Your Accounts Each Semester for All Students (including students not living on campus) will have $250 in Hamp Dollars loaded to their accounts each semester.  These flexible funds can be used for anything that Dining Dollars are eligible for, and also any item sold at the HampStore.  This balance will roll over to the Spring semester, but will expire at the end of the school year.

All student services are accessed via your OneCard, which will be provided to you at Move-In.  Days and hours open for dining and retail facilities may vary throughout the semester.

Need Additional HampDollars?  Additional HampDollars can be purchased at any time during the semester using NelNet, which can be accessed via the Hub.

Meal plans are subject to change each year, and information about meal plan options is available from the dining services office or the dining options and meal plans page. Block meal plans are nontransferable, but guest meal tokens are available.  Block meals taken at the Bridge Cafe and Kern Cafe are processed as meal swaps (see below).  Students must have their Onecard to enter the dining commons or to use their block meal plans at the Bridge Cafe and Kern Cafe. Students will be asked to retrieve their card if they arrive without it. 

If you need assistance, have questions regarding meal plan options contact Nick Mason, director of auxiliary services, at Need help with OneCard or lost your card, email the OneCard office.

Entering and Exiting Dining Commons

Students who have a block meal plan or who have paid with café card funds, cash, credit, or debit cards are allowed into the Dining Commons.  Guests are not permitted to enter the dining room unless they have paid for their meal or they have presented a guest meal token.  Coffee, tea, fountain soda, and light snacks are available in the dining commons between meal periods for a nominal fee. Food must be consumed inside the Dining Commons, COVID protocols permitting.

Dress Code
Everyone entering the Dining Commons is required to wear a shirt, shoes and a mask at all times. A mask may be removed when seated at a table. We ask that all clothes be clean to ensure proper sanitation.

Dining Accommodations
Students with food and dining-related disabilities are encouraged to work directly with dining services and the office of accessibility resources and services (OARS). Most dietary needs can be addressed by working directly with dining services to identify available options. Students can concurrently pursue the formal accommodation request process with OARS to identify need for accommodation not able to be accommodated directly with support from Dining Services