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.
We encourage open communication between our students and dining team. Students can request ingredient information from our servers and culinary team when placing an order.
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.
If a student is uncomfortable with the self-serve process, they can request foods from our back-up supplies that have not been in circulation. This is particularly helpful for salad bar options.
3. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in made-to-order areas.
Students can communicate their allergens to their server whether it is in resident dining or retail. Our team should take precautions to follow procedures to minimize cross-contact, i.e. change gloves, wash hands, separate pans, getting foods from back-up supplies.
In the retail area in Steinman Center, we have dedicated space and equipment to prepare foods free of gluten, i.e. quesadillas, burgers, French fries
4. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in self-serve areas.
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.
In resident dining, students can pre-order meals with our culinarians if is determined the student requires dining accommodations.
Students can also pre-order meals in our retail settings by indicating their food allergies when placing an order via our mobile ordering app.
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.
Currently, our primary resident dining hall, Restaurants at Ben Franklin (RBF), does not serve foods that contain tree nuts or peanuts. Within RBF is a station called MyZone offering menu items free from gluten ingredients.
Coming fall 2021: Sodexo Simple Servings in RBF. This is our allergen free platform free from 7 of the top 8 allergens and gluten. We serve fin-fish for added protein options.
7. We train dining services staff members.
Food allergy 101, campus emergency procedures, avoiding cross-contact in storage, prep and service, dining accommodation process.
All managers, supervisors, chefs, sous chefs and those working allergen-safe platforms carry a MenuTrinfo AllerTrainU certificate. We run AllerTrainU annually for any manager who needs the certificate and any employee can attend the class.
We offer Food Allergy 101 annually at our employee opening meeting for all employees.
We provide ongoing food allergy training as needed throughout the year.
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.
9. We train our RA's.
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.
Residential Life staff, Deans, Dons, and student house leaders, are sensitive to the needs of their diverse student members and routinely include questions about food allergies when surveying students about event planning. In addition, general events will routinely include allergy-sensitive food options such as nut or gluten-free. In addition, during residential life training, student staff are informed to consider food allergies when planning programs.
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.
12. Our disability office processes food allergy and celiac disease accommodation requests.
By completing an intake form located on the web site
This office partners with students to determine which accommodations would be most beneficial for them. We strongly encourage an on-going collaborative relationship so we can help to meet students' needs throughout their time at F&M.
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* During non-COVID times we administer allergy shots prescribed and formulated by outside allergists
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.
14. Our campus emergency responders carry epinephrine.
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