AMHERST, Mass. - Sustainability is a growing concept that many universities are striving for in their dining halls. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a leading contributor to serving locally grown food at Hampshire Dining Commons.
Taking pride in the fresh and unique dining options “Hamp” for short, is proud to serve more than 30 percent of fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables to the 20,000 plus students with meal plans.
“Eating at Hamp personally makes me feel better because I know by going here and eating sustainable food I am not doing that much for the environment, but I am definitely not contributing to hurting the environment in any way,” said UMass Sophomore Madeline Terrio as she indulged in a healthy salmon burger.
“I am proud to work at an establishment that serves fresh locally grown food from the farms in Hadley,” said Paul Anastas a second year employee, that added he is a strong advocate for the local farmers in town.
Anastas also said the compost is extremely active and is used daily to help the environment recycle. “Hardly any waste is produced because this dining hall focuses on making smaller portions and food to order so that the least possible amount is thrown away.”
“Hamp is happy to serve a lot of local and community based food sources. I think it is important that students are eating healthy and understand how lucky we are to have all these options on our campus. The diverse and healthy options change every season and it keeps things different and exciting,” said Anastas showing that only the best ingredients are acceptable.
Terrio also added, “Hamp is my favorite dining hall on campus because I can eat healthy at any dining hall if I try, but at Hamp almost everything is healthy and beneficial and tastes so good. I respect the fact that Hamp does not serve soda and forces me to drink a fresh fruit smoothie or hand squeezed juice.”
UMass Amherst has recently been crowned the best campus food and they continue to keep the name up by serving fresh and high end quality food, cooked from scratch.
“I love coming to Hamp in the morning and getting an omelet made fresh to order, it brightens my mood and starts my day off on the right foot,” said Caleigh Finneral a student dedicated to eating healthy on a daily basis.
While all dining halls on campus have healthy options, Hampshire Dining Commons makes eating healthy and bettering the environment the easiest for college students.