University of Florida

Dining Services
Made-to-order items

1. We provide access to ingredient information for made-to-order* items. *Made-to-order - Meals that are prepared on request and to your specification in the dining hall. Examples include a sandwich station, omelet station, burrito station, etc.

Made-to-order items
[YES]
How are ingredients available?
Table: Ingredient Info Availability

 
Top 8 Allergens
Full Ingredients

Top 8 allergens, online database
[NO]
Full ingredients, online database
[YES]
Top 8 allergens, a list is posted in the dining hall
[NO]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
[NO]
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Other
We list seven allergens, excluding fin fish, on our True Balance station.
Specific areas

The made-to-order stations with ingredient information available include the Omelet, Vegan, Sauté, Grill, and World Stations.

Additional Information

On our core stations such as Grill and Omelet where the menu hardly changes, all ingredients are listed and readily available for our guests.  This also includes calorie counts and allergen information.

Self-Serve Items

2. We provide access to ingredient information for self-serve* items. *Self-serve - Meals that are served buffet-style in a dining hall. These are typically high risk for cross-contact and are best avoided by diners with food allergies.

Self-Serve Items
[YES]
How are ingredients available?
Table: Ingredient Info Availability

 
Top 8 Allergens
Full Ingredients

Top 8 allergens, online database
[NO]
Full ingredients, online database
[NO]
Top 8 allergens, a list is posted in the dining hall
[NO]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
[NO]
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
[NO]
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Specific areas

The self-serve stations with ingredient information available include the Salad Bar, Bakery, and Pizza station.

Additional Information

With current COVID precautions, all self-serve stations have been suspended, and students are served all food.

Made-To-Order Areas

3. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in made-to-order areas.

Made-to-order areas
[YES, IN SOME STATIONS]
Specific areas

There are cleaning/sanitation and food handling procedures in place should a student bring an allergy to the attention of the dining hall.  Students are able to visit the True Balance allergy station or notify appropriate staff who will review the foods available with the student based on their dietary needs.

Self-Serve Areas

4. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in self-serve areas.

Self-Serve Areas
[YES, IN SOME AREAS]
Specific areas

Self-serve areas such as the salad bar have their own tongs/utensils, with an established procedure for the layout of these areas.  Cleaning and sanitation procedures are also in place for these stations.  However, with current COVID precautions, all self-serve areas are suspended.

Pre-Order Meals

5. We have pre-order meals* available. *Pre-order meals - Custom meals that can be ordered in advance by a diner so they are ready for pick up at a specific time. Typically these can be ordered online or by phone/text.

Do students have access to pre-order meals free from their allergens?
[NO]
Allergy-Friendly Station

6. We have an allergy-friendly station*. *Allergy-friendly station - A food station where specific ingredients are banned, typically including many or all items in the Top 8 allergens and gluten.

Do students have access to an allergy-friendly station?
[YES]
What is the station free from?
Peanut
Tree nut
Shellfish
Eggs
Wheat
Soy
Milk
Gluten
Additional Information

We have an allergen-friendly station available at one of our dining halls, The Fresh Food Company.  The station is called True Balance.

Dining Services Staff Member Trained?

7. We train dining services staff members.

Dining services staff trained?
[SOME]
Who?
managers
chefs
registered dietitian
Allergen-friendly station attendants and cooks
How often?
Quarterly staff training from the RDN
Which course(s) are used?
ServSafe Allergen by National Restaurant Association
We developed our own food allergy training.
What topics are covered?

Topics covered in the training include: food allergy 101, anaphylaxis, avoiding cross-contact, food handling procedures, and emergency procedures.

Registered Dietitian on Staff?

8. We have a registered dietitian* on staff. *Registered dietitian - Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts who are often tasked with helping students with food allergies navigate the dining halls.

Do you have a registered dietitian on staff?
[YES]
Campus Life & Disabilities
RAs Trained

9. We train our RA's.

RA’s trained
[NO]
Inclusive Resident Life Programs Including Food

10. We have inclusive resident life programs* including food. *Inclusive resident life programs - Programs in the resident halls often include food. Inclusive resident life programs will offer students with food allergies the opportunity to request safe food alternatives for events they attend in the dorms.

Inclusive resident life programs involving food?
[YES]
How can students access safe foods for resident life programs?

Foods are labeled, placed in distinct areas, and all of our kitchens designed in the past ten years are culturally relevant with at least two countertops, refrigerators, ovens, stoves, and sinks.

Additional information

Resident life is inclusive with all types of food restrictions related to students’ allergies, other health issues, religious and cultural needs, and preferences. Students do not need to identify these needs ahead of time; we provide options for all dietary needs.

Accommodations for Roommate Assignments

11. We offer accommodations for roommate assignments. *Every accommodation request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A housing accommodation cannot be guaranteed prior to an individual evaluation.

Accommodations for roommate assignments
[YES]
How does the school provide accommodations?
trying to match students with food allergies for room assignments upon request
facilitating roommate agreements involving food allergies upon request
Does the housing office process requests?
No, another office on campus processes these requests (please specify)
Disability Resource Center
Additional information

The Disability Resource Center facilitates all housing accommodation requests. We meet with the student, discuss their diagnosis, they send in specific documentation, and then we inform housing of our recommendations for housing accommodations. Housing accommodations are not guaranteed on our campus, due to the fact we don't have a live on requirement. Our housing department does a fantastic job to ensure everyone's needs are met, when possible.

Disability Services Office Processes Food Allergy and Celiac Disease Accommodation Requests

12. Our disability office processes food allergy and celiac disease accommodation requests.

Disability services office processes food allergy and celiac disease accommodation requests
[YES]
How can a student submit a request?

Visiting the DRC website to begin the accommodations process

Additional Information

The DRC meets with students and works with them on accommodations based on the student, the severity, and the barriers they experience in the classroom due to their food allergy.

Health Services

See what health services we offer >

What health services are offered?
prescriptions for epinephrine
fulfill epinephrine prescriptions in our pharmacy
we have an allergy clinic on campus
Emergency Response
Stock, Undesignated Epinephrine Available for Emergency Response

13. We have stock, undesignated epinephrine* available for emergency response. *Stock, undesignated epinephrine - Epinephrine that is prescribed to a college or university rather than to a particular student. This epinephrine is kept on hand to use for any student that experiences anaphylaxis.

Stock, undesignated epinephrine for emergencies
[YES]
Where?
healthcare facilities
Campus Emergency Responders Carry Epinephrine

14. Our campus emergency responders carry epinephrine.

Campus emergency responders carry epinephrine
[NOT ANSWERED]
Who are the emergency responders?
county emergency responders
Emergency Response Policy

See what our emergency response policy allows for >

What does the policy allow for?
Staff is trained to recognize anaphylaxis and call emergency responders
Contact Info
Dining Services Staff Contact
Disability Staff Contact
Disability Resource Center
(352)-392-8565
Last updated:
November 30, 2020

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