Dining Options for Staff

Bennington College provides the following dining options for staff: the Dining Hall, located in the Student Center, and Grab-n-Go located in the Bookstore. The Dining Hall provides a selection of hot entrees every day in a traditional, cafeteria-style facility that is open during regular meal plan hours. Several food venues and themes are offered to accommodate various diets. There is a hot food line, wok station, salad and vegan bar, deli bar, ice cream bar, fruit and yogurt station as well as soup and pasta.

The Dining Hall staff will make every effort to accommodate individuals with various food allergies, either by directing them to the foods allowed, or by preparing suitable alternatives. For those patrons with busy schedules, there is the Grab-n-Go option located in the Bookstore offering various pre-made sandwiches, salads, sides and beverages.

The College offers the following staff lunch plan options

  • The traditional staff lunch plan offers lunch Monday–Friday in the Dining Hall or Grab-n-Go located in the Bookstore from the first Monday of term through the last Friday of term. Meal plans are non-transferable. Unused meals expire at the end of the lunch period (11am to 4:30pm) each day. The cost is $234 per term. The Bennington Card is required for lunch plan access. Please note that we do not allow the removal of food or beverages from the Dining Hall. Any removal of food may result in loss of dining privileges. Payment can be made in full or as a payroll deduction for installment payments.
  • The Punch Card: Lunch plan can be used for lunch in the Dining Hall or Grab-n-Go available in the Bookstore. Punches can be used any day of the week including weekends, any time of the year. Punches do not expire and can be purchased as needed in increments of 10 punches ($5.50 per punch). The cost is $55 for 10 punches.
  • The Punch Card: Dinner plan can be used for dinner in the Dining Hall. Punches can be used any day of the week including weekends, any time of the year. Punches do not expire and can be purchased as needed in increments of 5 punches ($8 per punch). The cost is $40 for 5 punches.

To enroll in a meal plan, please complete the Staff Meal Plan Form and visit the Bookstore to complete the enrollment process. Staff and guests are also able to use cash to purchase meals on a daily basis.

Hours of Operation

Generally, lunch is offered in the Dining Hall Monday–Friday 11:30 am–1:30 pm, during the academic term. Grab-n-Go is available in the Bookstore from 11:00 am–4:30 pm during the academic term. During nonacademic times, the hours for the Dining Hall and Grab-n-Go vary so it is best to check hours on the website.