Cafeterias and Coffee Shops
MaineGeneral's Food & Nutrition Service knows how important good food is to healing and good health. You'll find many fresh foods prepared with local ingredients.
As part of our mission of making our community a healthier place, we also bring education and demonstrations into the community and also support local farms.
We're happy to provide you with monthly menus, which you can view online or print. Please note that the menu is subject to change without notice.
Our cafeterias are open at the following times:
- Alfond Center for Health (ACH), Augusta
Cafeteria: Open seven days a week, including holidays, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Features a deli bar, brick-oven pizza, healthy salads and more. We also have a grab-and-go prepared meal area for those on the run who want to bring home a meal to heat up later.
Main Street Cafe: Open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Features grab-and-go items, specialty coffees and healthy juices.
- Thayer Center for Health (TCH), Waterville
Cafeteria: Open Monday thru Friday (closed holidays) from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Features a salad bar, hot items on the steam table, desserts and beverages.
- Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care (HACCC), Augusta
Cafeteria: Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Nutrition & Recipes
MaineGeneral wants to lead our community in promoting and providing healthy food choices. Our Food & Nutrition Services team works across the health system and with many community partners to offer increased education on nutrition and healthy cooking, benefits of sourcing through local suppliers and adopting sustainable practices.
Nutrition is a building block for good health and MaineGeneral works with many partners to make healthy food and cooking available in the Kennebec Valley.
Among these partners are the Good Shepherd Food Bank, the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative, Health Care Without Harm, and our local farmers’ markets.
Our registered dietitians and health educators provide healthy food and cooking tips through Prevention & Healthy Living classes and free events. Learn more about and register for our upcoming classes.
When you come in our health centers or the cancer center, you’ll find more fresh food that is labeled so you know exactly what you're getting.
Eating local foods is good for your health and for our local economy. At MaineGeneral, we increasingly buy food from local sources and we know the farmers and their practices.
Buying local and in-season means you have the freshest, most nutrient-dense foods available. MaineGeneral buys produce, dairy and meat and fish from sources right here in Maine.
Our farmers and suppliers are important partners to our goal of offering food that tastes great and is good for you.
MaineGeneral is the presenting sponsor of the Augusta Farmers' Market at Mill Park and Downtown Waterville Farmers' Market and we're proud to share The Farmers' Market: Where Your Food Comes From Matters.
This half-hour documentary sponsored by MaineGeneral showcases the hard work of Maine farmers who bring great-tasting, nutritious food to Kennebec Valley's residents.
Don't have time to watch the entire 30-minute production? No problem.
To learn more about these markets or our other nutrition opportunities - including the teaching kitchen at the ACH, please call (207) 621-7266.
We support sustainable food programs that limit the misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture and limit the chemicals used in food production.
We also look for ways to decrease food and supply waste. This year we began Zero Sort recycling at the ACH. Within one week, we kept an estimated 200 pounds per day of recyclable items out of the trash stream – or 73,000 pounds per year of materials kept out of landfills! This amount equals the size of the ACH!
We also partner with Agri-Cycle in Exeter, Maine for food waste recycling. Rather than becoming landfill garbage, our food waste is recycled into electricity.
This program helps dramatically reduce the amount of food waste going into our dumpsters, the wear and tear on our garbage disposals, and also the frequency of the cleaning of our grease traps.