Colleges and Universities dealing with FA

Posted on: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 10:04am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

Please post links to information about colleges dealing with food allergies:

including thorough FA brochure! [url=""][/url]
[url=""][/url] (use your find feature to search "allergies" ).
"We make it as convenient as possible for students to let us know what allergies they might have," said David Davidson, director of dining services at Yale University, New Haven, Conn. "We set up a table at orientation, inviting students and their parents to tell us about any food problems they may have. When we are alerted to an allergy, we have the student meet with the manager of his or her dining hall and do some one-on-one education."
"The last thing we want to do is ban all foods that have nuts," said Ben Hernandez, brand manager for Aramark's Campus Services division in the Southwest. "Our rule is educate, not eliminate."
(article also mentions an uneducated staff member changing a recipe without alerting a student who had safely eaten the dish previously and the student had an anaphylactic reaction because of it)

(acknowledgement of accommodating with food allergic students):
[url=""] Hall_Staff.pdf[/url] (see bottom of page 33 of document)
[url=""] dining/Qu...ices_do_for_me_[/url]
[url=""][/url] (see "Diet")
[url=""][/url] (use find feature "allergies" )
[url=""][/url] (use find feature "allergies")
[url=""][/url] (use find feature "allergies")

(meet with students weekly to identify safe foods)

"Food service not aware of problems students have in regard to food allergies or special dietary student had a serious food allergy and asked about the contents of the food and the server told her inaccurate information that resulted in a very serious allergic reaction..."You can't trust what they know or if they care" she said."

University Housing caters to UW-Madison students with food allergies or intolerances

If you have a special diet, food allergies, or other concerns, our staff includes a nutrition expert who is available to meet with you by appointment.

Other Resources:

This is a basic outline of College guidelines for food allergies:

[url=""] ductcd=FTGCU[/url]
(If the link doesn't work go to [url=""][/url] and search for FTGCU which I imagine abbreviates Food Training Guide College University)
Food Allergy Training Guide for College & Univ. Food Svc
Product ID: FTGCU
Food Allergy Training Guide for College & Univ. Food Svc
Type: KIT
Standard Price: $75.00
Member Price: $75.00



[This message has been edited by Jana R (edited January 26, 2006).]

Posted on: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 10:46am
lmw's picture
Joined: 11/12/2005 - 09:00

I don't know if this is of much help, and I can't find the links I took to get here, and this is Canadian- Ontario, but these are the replies I got to emails asking for general information on 18yr old DD's behalf.
From the University of Toronto:
The University College Food Services is an independently run operation, unlike
some of your other options at different colleges across campus, so unfortunately
I am only able to provide information on our own services.
The U.C. Food Services takes food allergies and special dietary needs under
great consideration, avoiding cross-contamination of foods whenever possible. As
a peanut allergy is growing to be more common and severe, if a peanut product is
used in any of our meals or sauces, it is clearly labeled at the food station in
question. And since this allergy may prevent your daughter from eating certain
meals, there are plenty of other dining options at each meal. We have a salad
bar, a cereal station, a sandwich station, a display cooking station (which is
most commonly a stir fry dish), and a grill station (for burgers, fries, etc.)
and then our hot entree station which varies with every meal.
Your daughter will of course need to use caution, as she likely already does,
when selecting her food choices, but I am sure she will not be hindered by her
allergy. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact
us, and feel free to visit our website for more information on the U.C.
residences. (Where you also have the option of looking at our weekly menu)
If you wish to explore your options with the other colleges at U of T, U.C.
residences' summer website ( [url=""][/url] lists them on the 'links' page.
From Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario:
All of the foodservices here at Trent is run by Aramark so we can unify our resources and information. None of the kitchen, snack bars carry peanuts or 'nut oils' . Any entrees garnished are identified. It would be advisable however, to stay away from baked desserts as I'm sure your daughter is used to as they come pretty much prepared from companies that clearly state that 'may contain nut products somewhere in the factory'
Therefore any of the food plans on campus would be safe for your daughter. The only other thing is when she is situated at a college, to make herself known to the cafeteria manager so he's familiar with her allergies and concerns. He'll inform the kitchen staff to allert your daughter in event of anything they see.
The staff at the various cafeteria's take pride in knowing 'their kids' and usually get to know their likes/dislikes/allergies, etc.
I'm sure your daughter will enjoy her schooling and the college life here at Trent! Let me know if I can be of further help. Jennifer Smyth (ARAMARK).
It's a start.

Posted on: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 3:59pm
Tom's picture
Joined: 01/22/2006 - 09:00

I went to uofm, and in my year at the dorm I can't remember really having a problem with any of the food. I had to watch what I was eating, but nothing ever snuck up on me or suprised me with a reaction. You learn to stick with the safe foods and stay away from those that are iffy.
Living in the dorm itself was another thing. I didn't have a problem with my roommate, but some idiot in the hall broke a jar of peanut butter in the hallway and I literally couldn't stay in my dorm room because of it. I was having problems breathing, couldn't sleep. I had to go to the hall director and get the carpet cleaned in the hallway before I could stay in my room. Luckily I was able to shack up with the girl I was dating for a few days.
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Posted on: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 3:03am
jsmom's picture
Joined: 05/03/2000 - 09:00

A good system:

Posted on: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 10:12am
jage512's picture
Joined: 11/01/2004 - 09:00

I went to Boston University and while they had no food allery policy, we were able to get the Hillel House cafeteria to be totally peanut free. It would be impossible to get the huge cafeterias located on campus to keep track of peanuts, so my mom thought we should talk to the Rabbi at the Hillel House. And he was great. I got to meet with the chef there and she asked me what I liked to eat and offered to make meals for me to take back to my dorm when I wanted. Very accomadating!

Posted on: Sun, 02/26/2006 - 8:53am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

Because of my work I end up eating at a university cafeteria frequently--several times a week. I end up getting a salad, but I've gotten pizza twice and a sandwich once. Pizza is fab. They have entrees, fruit for the taking, ice cream, and cookies and cakes placed all around.
I've looked at this thread since it first appeared pondering whethe to respond because of my frequent exprerience on a campus now.
I'm scared to death for my son. I tend to manage my own FA (shellfish) fairly well, but I think about peanut allergy every time I eat there--and every time I get a salad and spill cheese (it's self-serve) on the counter and someone else has spilled it on the hardboiled eggs. I think about dairy allergy and cross contamination, etc.
I can't see DS asking every day about something being safe (the entrees). Being on this campus for lunch has made me worry even more about DS some day going to college, not less. Where DH and I went you must live on campus your freshman year (and we want this freshman experience for our son, too), and that means eating on campus.
He's almost 8 now. I'm hoping for a miracle drug in the next ten years.

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 2:09am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

I like how Harvard set up this page!
(I'm really glad to hear of folks who had success dining in college - I'd love to hear from those who dealt with multiple life-threatening food allergies in the dorms - particularly milk, eggs, nuts, and shellfish folks)
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Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2006 - 3:24pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

Linking to a previous article on Stanford:

Posted on: Tue, 03/14/2006 - 1:38pm
LisaM's picture
Joined: 11/04/2005 - 09:00

Thanks for posting that link--it is encouraging to see that at least one university is so accomodating.
I did my undergraduate degree near my home town partly because of finances....but if it weren't for the food allergies, I would have wanted to go away to university.
I did live in a residence when starting my graduate program---because of multiple food allergies + the fact that I don't feel that it is safe to eat out, I would never be able to live in a residence with a meal plan. The apartment style residence was okay, but still stressful as roommates can have varying levels of allergy awareness.
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Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2006 - 12:53pm
2BusyBoys's picture
Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by jsmom:
[b]A good system:
[url=""][/url] [/b]
Related article...
Allergy risks minimized
Warnings in dining halls and precautions help allergy sufferers cope.

Posted on: Sun, 04/23/2006 - 6:56am
jammersb's picture
Joined: 01/29/2006 - 09:00

I was so glad to read this thread. I originally posted this question under "SCHOOLS"-College selection, and since then have been contacting several colleges with mixed results. I was especially fascinated by the article about Penn State that was provided for us to read. I spoke with a Dietician this week at PSU who stated that "in all my 10 years at Penn State, I have only dealt with 2 or 3 students with food allergies....we serve 13,000 kids in these dining halls and we can only provide ingredient list." I find it hard to believe that in a school that large that there are only a few food allergic kids. The article seems to indicate a better understanding and more flexibility. So far, and my search is in the early stages, Johns Hopkins is the most accomodating that we looked into, U of Delaware , Case Western and Rutgers appear VERY helpful to the point of making special foods and were extremely well educated about food allergies and Miami of Ohio was not as accomodating but very helful none the less. I have been less satisfied with Ohio State , who hasn't responded to my emails or calls, Penn State (although after reading the article I may request to speak with someone else), and U of Michigan. maybe the last 3 schools are just sooooooo big that they can't accomodate special needs as well or they are just too busy to talk to me! I will probably also call Michigan State, Kent State and perhaps some smaller schools as well. I have also contacted by email the Bon Appetit catering company which caters many college dining halls (Case Western recommended I do this and gave me contact info) and I will speak with them this week. Case told me that the catering companies that colleges use make a big difference in their flexibility as well. Will let you all know what I learn if you are interested.


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