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Minnesota State University Mankato

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
[YES]
Full ingredients, online database
 
Top 8 allergens, a list is posted in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
 
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
 
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Other
Students may ask a manager, student supervisors, chef, or RD for full ingredient lists at any time.
Specific areas

Students may ask a manager, student supervisors, chef, or RD for full ingredient lists at any time. Students can also visit the Dining Services website and run a "selected items report" to see a full list of allergens. Just check mark the menu items you wish to view and click "view selected items report". This is a simple and easy way for students to plan before entering the dining hall. Check it out here: https://mnsu.sodexomyway.com/Images/Resident%20Dining%20Menu%202.6.2017…

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
[YES]
Full ingredients, online database
 
Top 8 allergens, a list is posted in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
 
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
 
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Other
Students may ask a manager, student supervisors, chef, or RD for full ingredient lists at any time.
Specific areas

Students may ask a manager, student supervisors, chef, or RD for full ingredient lists at any time. Students can also visit the Dining Services website and run a "selected items report" to see a full list of allergens. Just check mark the menu items you wish to view and click "view selected items report". This is a simple and easy way for students to plan ahead before entering the dining hall. Check it out here: https://mnsu.sodexomyway.com/Images/Resident%20Dining%20Menu%202.6.2017…

Additional Information

Please see attached link to find out more about MNSU's allergy procedures. https://mnsu.sodexomyway.com/health/allergy.html OR https://mnsu.sodexomyway.com/health/dietitian.html

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 ALL STATIONS]
Additional information

All dining service staff who work at short-order stations are trained upon hiring and monitored for compliance with cross-contact procedures. Procedure signs are also posted at specific stations as a reference for employees. All new and current employees are encouraged to ask mangers, chefs, or the RD if they have any questions on proper procedures.

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 ALL AREAS]
Additional Information

Please see attached link to find out more about MNSU's allergy procedures. https://mnsu.sodexomyway.com/health/allergy.html

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?
[YES]
Additional information

The Simple Servings station offers foods made without the FDA most-common allergens of tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, and eggs. All foods offered will be made without gluten-containing ingredients. Fish dishes will be included in the varied menu options as healthy protein choices. Most students are able to eat safely at Simple Servings. Pre-ordered meals are used for students with extreme allergies (outside of top eight) and should contact Lexi Cournoyer campus RD. https://mnsu.sodexomyway.com/health/dietitian.html

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

The Simple Servings station offers foods made without the FDA most-common allergens of tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, and eggs. All foods offered will be made without gluten-containing ingredients. Fish dishes will be included in the varied menu options as healthy protein choices. At MNSU the SS station has its own equipment (oven, grill, stove, etc.), smallwares, coolers, and service area. Smallwares, cutting boards, serving utensils etc., are all colored purple to ensure those items are only used at the SS station. Simple Servings provides convenient, delicious, and secure options for students to focus on their future not their allergies. Check it out: https://mnsu.sodexomyway.com/health/allergy.html

Dining Services Staff Member Trained?

7. We train dining services staff members.

Dining services staff trained?
[YES]
How often?
Other (please specify)
When hired and annually 2x/year
Which course(s) are used?
AllerTrain courses by MenuTrinfo
Daily huddles which topics covering food allergies
What topics are covered?

Food allergy 101, anaphylaxis, avoiding cross-contact, and proper procedures for short order stations.

Additional information

All managers, chefs, and RD are AllertrainU certified.

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?

A variety of food options are provided at Residential Life events throughout the year including food prepared by University Dining staff. Students can contact dining services for more information.

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]
[YES]
How does the school provide accommodations?
Students can choose a roommate through the RoomSync system that meets their needs.
Does the housing office process requests?
Yes
Additional information

Information related to requesting a housing accommodation including the role of Accessibility Resources can be found in the housing application materials. Residential Life has a strong partnership with staff in Accessibility Resources to support students with housing accommodation needs.

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]
Other departments a student should contact?

Students with food allergies and celiac disease are welcome to visit with the Dining Services staff and staff registered dietitian to discuss their specific dietary needs. If the current dining program does not meet the needs of the student the Accessibility Resources office is the first point of contact to establish an accommodation plan related to food allergies.

How can a student submit a request?

Students can access the accommodation request form on the Accessibility Resource page under housing accommodations or contact Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825. The completed form should be returned via fax (507.389.1199) or mail to Accessibility Resources (Memorial Library 132). Website: http://www.mnsu.edu/access/current/accommodations/housing.html

Health Services

See what health services we offer >

What health services are offered?
food allergy management care
fulfill epinephrine prescriptions in our pharmacy
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
[NO]
Campus Emergency Responders Carry Epinephrine

14. Our campus emergency responders carry epinephrine.

Campus emergency responders carry epinephrine
[NO]
Who are the emergency responders?
on-campus emergency responders
city 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
Additional Information

Dining service staff is trained on the proper recognition and procedure if a student has an allergic reaction in the dining hall.

Contact Info
Dining Services Staff Contact
Disability Staff Contact
Julie Snow, Accessibility Resources Director
507-389-2825

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