If you live or have lived on campus, you’ve had your share of meals in the dining halls, be it Jack Kane or Lourdes Cafeteria.

You know, of course, that Dining Services provides a plethora of meals on a daily basis at their all-you-can-eat buffets each day.

For some students, the caf is a wonderland of options without the hassle of cooking themselves.

But for those of us with allergies or other dietary restrictions, the caf is more like a minefield and we stick to a few tried and true dishes. This lack of variety in the dining halls is reason that makes living off-campus appealing for upperclassmen.

students get lunch in the dining hall

 

What so many people don’t realize is that the Dining Services staff are more than willing to tailor fully balanced meals to your dietary needs as part of your meal plan.

If you ask any of the workers about getting a special meal put together, they will happily guide you to a supervisor who can talk you through the different items in the dining hall that will work for your diet.

There are some staff members who specialize to students’ needs and they will set up meetings to help guide you more in depth on what is available for you to eat. In these meetings,  the workers focus on your allergy, review menu items and ingredients and deal with cross contamination issues in order to develop a plan to fit your dining needs.

So, if any of you have abandoned your meal plan and resorted to buying all your own groceries in order to cope with food allergies or other restriction, stop spending your money on that.

You don’t have to struggle to find food on campus–just set up a meeting with Dining Services so you can figure out how to make your meal plan work for you. They are more than willing to help!

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Emily McCaleb

Emily graduated in 2016 with a BA in Mass Communication and a Marketing minor. Her interests include creating logos and event posters, hanging out with her cat, and baking anything and everything.