Eight food allergens account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions in the United States: milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat/gluten. Reactions to some of these allergens may be outgrown but others such as peanut and shellfish may remain lifelong allergies.
Cal Poly’s Campus Dining has developed a comprehensive approach to supporting students with dietary restrictions. Our culinary team is readily available to work with students to ensure that their dietary needs are met.
If your student has a food allergy due to medically documented food restrictions, please review the dining plan information and housing and dining license carefully to make sure that their dietary needs can be met. Please contact campus dining for further assistance at (805) 756-5939 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information download Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) information sheet on food allergies. Or visit: www.foodallergy.org
GREAT Schools Certification
Campus Dining received certification from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) for achieving “GREAT Schools” status, which exemplifies high standards in gluten-free food services. To meet their requirements for GREAT Schools certification, key dining operations staff underwent extensive training through several learning modules and has gluten-free designated food preparation areas. The dining staff is proud to offer multiple gluten-free and allergen-free food options to the campus community.
Visit the gluten free food station at 19 Metro, located in building 19.
Allergen-free Prepared Foods
Restaurants and markets on campus offer a variety of allergen-free food options. The culinary chefs are readily available to work with students to ensure that their dietary needs are met. The all-you-care-to-eat dining credit restaurant, 19 Metro, offers a food station with rotating food options that are made free of certain ingredients containing gluten, dairy, soy and nuts.
Students can find a variety of allergen-free grocery items at several restaurants and markets on campus, including the dining credit operations. Village Market, an on-campus specialty grocery store in Poly Canyon Village, specializes in a wide offering of gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free products*. Open until midnight daily, students can purchase foods with their Plu$ Dollars and work with the helpful staff to find food options to meet their specific nutrition needs.
All of Campus Dining’s venues offer a variety of options for every lifestyle preference. Because most items are offered and served a la carte, you are able to customize your meal the way you want. A menu item says made with cheese? Ask for it without! All venues have a variety of beans, tofu, grains, vegetables, fruits, and condiments.
- Vegan: foods that don’t contain animal products such as meat, dairy or eggs.
- Vegetarian: foods that don’t contain meat but may contain dairy or eggs.
Nutrition Keys & Labeling
In collaboration with students, Campus Dining developed a unique food labeling system with nutrient information as part of the national nutrition keys program. These labels can be found at most counters at the campus restaurants and markets.
We are here to help
The registered dietitian is available to work directly with students and dining staff to support and accommodate students with dietary restrictions. They also develop educational programs and events to help students make informed decisions about health and wellness.
Looking for a one-on-one meeting to discuss nutrition and healthful eating? Contact the Health Enrichment Action Team (HEAT) at PULSE to set up a consultation.
Managing Food Allergy & Special Dietary Considerations
Students with food allergies and special dietary considerations are encouraged to be self-advocates when managing their dietary conditions to promote safety and minimize the risk of a reaction.
- For medical emergencies, dial 911 immediately.
- Notify your primary care physician if a reaction has occurred. You may also contact Health Services at 805-756-1211 to make an appointment if the reaction is not an immediate emergency.
- Dietitian services are available to help assist with special dietary considerations through Campus Dining (coming soon). A registered dietitian can assist with identifying dining accommodations in various dining centers. (*Please note: Not all dining establishments on campus are operated by Campus Dining.)
- The following hints can help you be proactive in self-managing a food allergy or special dietary condition:
- Nutrition information is online and at most dining operations.
- Food Allergy/Intolerance Disclaimer: Cal Poly’s Campus Dining is committed to identifying ingredients that may cause reaction to those with food allergies and intolerances and trains employees on the safe handling procedures to minimize risk. However, because foods are prepared in commercial kitchens, there is always some risk of cross contamination. Consumers should also be aware of the risk that manufacturers of the commercial foods Campus Dining uses may change the formulation of ingredients or substitute other ingredients at any time, without notice.
- Know how to recognize and respond to the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Should a reaction occur, know when to instruct those around you to call 911 if medical attention is needed immediately.
Food Allergy/Intolerance Disclaimer: Campus Dining makes every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies. Along with employee training, Campus Dining labels items with known allergen-containing ingredients; however, there is always a risk of contamination. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation at any time, without notice. Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. Customers with food allergies or other food intolerances should consult a chef or dining manager for specific ingredient questions. Campus Dining will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating at any university establishment.