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Meal Plan & Cafe Card

Hampshire College Students Eating Lunch

Block Meal Plans

For the 2020-21 academic year, students living in the Dakin or Merrill dormitories are required to purchase a full-block meal plan, which provides a meal during each of the 19-meal periods per week. Students living in Enfield, Greenwich. or Prescott mod apartments are required to purchase a 75-block meal plan.

Students living in Enfield, Greenwich, or Prescott mods may purchase additional block meal plans during the academic year, but they do not roll over to the following semester. Choose only what you need for the current semester. Block meal plans purchased after November 15 will be assigned to the spring semester.

Hampshire College Dining Services will operate under all state requirements surrounding COVID-19. Masks and safe social distancing measures are required. To begin the academic year, we have been encouraged to serve all food via “take-out” only, to be consumed in one's private space.

Questions about allergens and special diets should be directed to interim Dining Services Director Nick Mason at nrmDC@hampshire.edu.

Block Meal Plan Prices

  • 25 meals for $250
  • 50 meals for $500
  • 75 meals for $750
  • Full meal plan for $2,750

Block meal plans are added to students’ OneCard on the Hub.

To purchase a block meal plan, log in to the TheHub and select “Meal Plans” under the “Financial Info” section. The plan will be entered on your OneCard for use at any Hampshire dining location: Dining Commons, Kern Kafé, and Prescott Tavern.

Meal Swaps

As always, meals from a student's block meal plan may be used at the Dining Commons. In addition, meals may also be used at the Kern Kafé and Prescott Tavern as “meal swaps.”

The value of the meal swap is $7 for breakfast and $10 for lunch or dinner. If desired, a student may choose a meal in excess of these values and pay the difference with Café Card funds, cash, credit or debit.

The meal periods are as follows:

  • 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 11:30 a.m.– 2 p.m.: Lunch
  • 4 p.m.– location close: Dinner

Dining Services Locations Operating Hours

  • Dining Commons: Take out traditional cafeteria-style dining with comfort and healthy options
    • Monday–Friday:
      • Breakfast 7:30 a.m.–9 a.m.
      • Lunch 11:30–2 p.m.
      • Dinner 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday:
      • Brunch 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
      • Dinner 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
  • Kern Kafé: Coffee Shop with espresso, lattes, tea, and other hot and cold beverages, pastries, and sandwiches for breakfast or lunch
    • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Prescott Tavern: Features grab-and-go meals and groceries
    • Monday-Friday: 4 p.m.–10 p.m.

Café Card

Required for all resident, mod, and commuter students.

Students are billed a $250 Café Card fee each semester, which will be entered on their OneCard for use at the Dining Commons, Kern Kafé, Prescott Tavern, Mixed Nuts, and Hampstore. Café Card funds carry over from fall to spring. Unused Café Card funds are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

You may add funds to your Café Card at any time here by choosing “Café Card Upgrade” from the drop-down menu under the “Make a One-Time Payment” section.

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