Dining Information

Following best-practice professional guidance, Bates has moved to a Dash (grab-n-go) dining program. All food is either served, or available pre-packaged. Catering services have been suspended, and we are not providing food service to faculty and staff. Dining is not open to the non-Bates public.

Our service is changing, and Bates dining will look different, but our commitment to providing you the best quality food, service, and dining experience will never waver.

Winter Break Hours

Please note that Dining, Conferences and Campus Events (DCCE) will be closed on November 26 – January 7. We will be offering limited service to students who must stay on campus and those in isolation or quarantine.

Special Dietary Needs and Menu Questions

Students with special dietary needs, or who have questions about the menu should contact Cheryl Lacey, Director of Dining at clacey@bates.edu or 207-786-8355. In addition, the popular Napkin Board will move to a virtual wall.

How to be a Responsible Bobcat

  • Most important: Please be patient, kind and understanding. We are all in this together.
  • To be a prepared Bobcat, check the menu before dining.
  • Wear your face covering when entering Commons. Face coverings must be worn at all times when inside Commons.
  • Please sanitize your hands when entering or leaving the Commons building. For easy access, hand sanitizers have been installed throughout our dining facilities.
  • Maintain physical distance whenever possible and follow floor decals when queuing.
  • Observe and adhere to directional and capacity signage.
  • Do not bring re-usable containers into dining facilities.


We will continue to compost pre-consumer food waste (e.g., cold kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc.) and divert cardboard/tin/glass/plastic/pre-consumer paper from the waste stream.

The biggest change is that we will no longer be sending post-consumer food waste (i.e., unconsumed food) to the pig farmer.

We will not be opening the dish room this fall and have moved to single-use serviceware. We chose a line of single-use products that are made from 100% recycled paperboard.

While these products will not be diverted from the waste stream, we are doing our best to be good environmental stewards at the forefront. As you might imagine, this was a hard decision for us to make, considering that we have been a nationally recognized leader in sustainability since 2000,  but weighed against the safety of our employees, there was no other choice.