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Dear Students,

This year, the holy month of Ramadan is observed by Muslims from Monday, April 12, to Wednesday, May 12. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ramadan meals on campus will be served differently.

Students observing Ramadan who eat meals through Dining Services must order their meals in advance using the Grubhub app. Meals must be picked up before dining halls close at 8 p.m. During Ramadan, students can choose from a variety of meal options at the following dining halls.

Cutter Dining Hall serves as a one stop shop for picking up meals for Ramadan. All meats served in Cutter/Ziskind are halal. Students can order their dinner in the same manner as they have throughout the spring semester. Food for Suhur (pre-dawn meal) will only be available in the Cutter (side) glassed-in dining room on a first-come, first-served basis. Suhur meals cannot be ordered on Grubhub, but beverages can be. You will need to remember to pick up Suhur foods—including yogurt, cut-up fruit, milk, cereal, granola bars, dates, bagels—when you pick up your dinner order. Remember to preorder all beverages (e.g., bottled water, juice) for both dinner and Suhur on Grubhub. Please don’t forget to bring your own bag to pack your meals. Ask dining staff or the chef on duty for assistance if you have any questions about meals for Ramadan.

Comstock Dining Hall also serves Ramadan meals and halal chicken. Remember to preorder all beverages and leave enough time to pick up Suhur meals from Cutter (side) Dining Hall before 8 p.m.

Lamont Dining Hall serves vegetarian options every day. If you are vegetarian or want a different selection, Lamont is a good alternative for dinner. Remember to preorder all beverages with your dinner through Grubhub and leave enough time to pick up Suhur meals from Cutter (side) Dining Hall before closing time.

Chase Dining Hall offers convenient pre-packaged take-out meals. Remember to schedule enough time to pick up items for Suhur, which are only available in Cutter (side) Dining Hall. Chase Dining Hall closes at 4:30 p.m.

Please note that Suhur meal supplies are based on the number of students who completed the Ramadan survey. If you have any questions regarding Ramadan meals, please contact:

Pat Mahar
Dining Manager or at ext. 2322

Kim Alston
Muslim Student Adviser, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Halal dining is offered to students at Smith College. The meal contains halal meat only and is served in specific dining halls. Other meal components may not be considered halal. This fact sheet is designed to make halal dining practices transparent to Smith students to improve their ability to navigate dining offerings and make informed decisions around meals. Dining Services is continually working to improve its processes and welcomes your feedback. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Dining Services may have to make changes to dining offerings and guidelines, if required.

Academic Year

  • All meats during the academic year served in Cutter/Ziskind including beef, chicken and breakfast meat are Halal. All chicken tenders are Halal at Cutter/Ziskind but not at other dining halls.
  • The Cutter/Ziskind kitchen is not certified Halal by any third party.
  • Pork is never served in Cutter/Ziskind during the academic year.
  • While the meat served in Cutter/Ziskind is Halal, there may be other products served that are not considered Halal e.g. vinegars, marshmallow, desserts.

Please note: Except for Cutter/Ziskind all of our facilities serve some meals cooked with pork and alcohol. If there is ever any meat served in Cutter/Ziskind that is not Halal, Dining Services will label it clearly and serve it separately. Thank you for your understanding!


  • Ramadan meals along with Halal meat including breakfast food will be prepared and served from Cutter/Ziskind throughout the month of Ramadan (April 12 – May 12, 2021).
  • Predawn meals are available for pick up during standard dinner hours, in the glassed room off Cutter dining room.


  • Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, plans for summer meals have not been determined at this time.

If you have any questions about Halal meat, require additional cooking time for Halal meat(s), or want to inquire about food ingredients, please speak with the chef on duty or a dining staff member.

For More Information

Pat Mahar, Dining Manager at 413-585-2318

Kim Alston, Muslim Student Advisor at or 413-585-2753