Dining Services

It is our goal to offer you healthy, delicious food in a friendly atmosphere. Whether you are a new or returning student, parent, guest, faculty or staff member, we are eager to provide you with an exceptional dining experience.

Eating in a cafeteria environment presents many choices and sometimes challenges for the high school student. Our chefs have spent many hours developing our menus and recipes to make eating well a little easier.

We feature vegan and vegetarian items daily, a salad and deli sandwich station, a pasta station, traditional favorites, freshly baked desserts and breads, display cooking stations, and special events throughout the year. If you have any questions or concerns, or would just like to discuss dining options, please stop in!

Meal Hours

Please see weekly menu for daily meal times.

*Hours may change around scheduled holidays and breaks.

Alfond Family Dining Hall at The Governor's Academy becomes a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®

The Alfond Family Dining Hall at The Governor's Academy is certified as a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization helping restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable.

Receiving 197.67 GreenPoints™ on the GRA’s rigorous certification scale and having implemented 52 environmental steps, Alfond Family Dining Hall at Governor's has gone 97% above and beyond the minimum requirements necessary for Certification.

Highlights of Green Accomplishments:

• No use of polystyrene foam (aka Styrofoam™)

• Comprehensive recycling and composting program, which can keep over 75,000 lbs of trash out of the landfill each year

• Over 55% of our dishes are vegetarian

• Energy Star kitchen equipment

“We began this effort by taking small steps that didn't negatively impact our budget or quality of service,” said David Alonzi, Director of Dining Services at the Academy. “In 2015, with the help of the student led Sustainability Committee, we eliminated the use of Styrofoam™. This was followed by instituting composting of pre- and post-consumer waste. We knew we were making progress, but we felt there was more we could do. The natural next goal was obtaining GRA certification. The certification process gave us third party confirmation of the work we have done and a roadmap for the future expansion of our sustainability efforts.”

At the time of certification The Governor’s Academy was the first food service establishment, or restaurant, in the greater Newburyport area, with this certification.

Dining Services Sustainability Initiatives:

Waste Reduction
The new dining facility has made it easier to monitor production and usage and to prepare only what we expect to use.

When first instituted “trayless” dining reduced food waste by approximately 10%.

Dining Services recycles paper, paperboard, aluminum, glass, and plastic.

Waste cooking oil is diverted and recycled for bio-fuel.

Dining Services eliminated bottled water at graduation and high tea and replaced it with infused water stations, eliminating 15oo bottles per event per year.

Dining Services uses reusable dinnerware.

Lighting in dining spaces is high efficiency and programmed to turn off automatically in the evenings during unoccupied times.

Converted from water cooled to air cooled refrigeration.

Defer pre and post-consumer waste for garden compost.

Eliminated individual bottled waters for box lunches, teams and meetings.

Eliminated paper cup usage in the dining hall.

We purchase:

  • Cage free shell eggs
  • Rainforest Alliance certified coffee
  • 100% fruit juice juices
  • Organic tofu
  • Organic soy milk
  • Organic rice milk
  • Milk from cows raised without the use of growth hormones.
  • Local apples in season – Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury, MA
  • Local produce in season when available
  • Local, organic granola – Grandy Oats, Brownfield, Maine
  • Local bread – Fantini, Haverhill
  • Local hummus, Wraps – Cedar’s, Ward Hill, MA
  • Local milk – Garelick Farms, Lynn, MA
  • Local pizza dough, sauce – It’ll Be Pizza, Portland Maine
  • Local bakery mixes, Bake-n-Joy, N. Andover, MA
  • Local seafood – North Coast Seafood, Boston
  • Local yogurt - Stonyfield Farm, Londonderry, NH
  • Paper plates, made from compostable material.
  • Napkins that are Green Seal Certified, 100% recovered materials, minimum 50% post-consumer and non-bleached.
  • Clear plastic cups, 100% corn based, compostable

Future opportunities:

  • Purchase “Green” chemicals for cleaning
  • Develop relationships with additional local farmers.
  • Purchase grass fed beef

Dining Services offers:

  • Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free options at each meal.
  • "Meatless Mondays”