Providing you with healthy options is something your COF Dining team proudly does every day. We help you select delicious, nutritious, and satisfying meals, snacks, and desserts by highlighting well-balanced menu choices and supplying nutritional information and tips to help you make choices that fit your needs.
Check out our latest edition of our Nutrition Newsletter!
Meet the Dietitian
Olivia Batryn, MS, RDN, LDN
Olivia Batryn is your resource for:
- Answers to questions regarding food allergies and sensitivities
- Nutrition education through tabling events and one-on-one meetings
- Fueling your body mindfully throughout your college experience
Special Dietary Needs and Food Allergies
We take pride in serving you wholesome ingredients, preparing recipes accurately, and providing nutritional analysis and ingredient statements through our online menus and nutrition calculator. From our Resident District Manager to our frontline team members, we work carefully to address food allergies, celiac diets, or other special dietary needs.
Self-advocacy is an essential element in order to make the most of your dining experience. Here are some steps you can take to advocate on behalf of yourself:
1. Report your allergies to your school's Office of Accessibility Services. Your information is protected by FERPA.
Wentworth Institute of Technology: AccessibilityServices@wit.edu
Massachusetts College of Art and Design: Student.Accessibility@masssart.edu
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: OSAA@mcphs.edu
2. You will be directed to our Registered Dietitian to discuss your food allergy and learn what additional accommodations we can provide.
3. Always tell your server you have a food allergy when placing your order. If you are unsure if an item contains an allergen, please ask any of our supervisors or managers; our team members have detailed ingredient information of the menu items we serve. Plus, many of our chefs, management, and supervisors are AllerTrain U certified on food allergies, celiac disease, and understanding the importance of preventing cross-contact of items during preparation.
4. Consider wearing a medic bracelet. Many may be unaware of your allergies.
5. Always carry your medications with you, including an EpiPen if you require one.
We want to create an exceptional dining experience for you and knowing about your food allergies or intolerances will help us do just that!
View our COF Medical Dining Accommodations Policy Here
Videos on Dining with Food Allergies:
Clean Eats powered by Simple Servings is our allergen-safe dining option for our customers with food allergies or gluten intolerance. This station offers food prepared without gluten and the FDA most common allergens of peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, eggs, and sesame. Fish dishes will be included in the varied menu options as a healthy protein choice along with beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and vegetarian options. The menu will change at lunch and dinner. Clean Eats powered by Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid cross-contact with food allergens.
Separate equipment, storage areas, utensils, and preparation areas minimize but do not eliminate, the chances of gluten and allergens to our Simple Servings food. About 75% of Clean Eats powered by Simple Servings items also meet our Mindful criteria, which makes it an easy and healthy choice for customers who are focused on ingredients, blood sugar, and other health issues.
Clean Eats powered by Simple Servings is located in Beatty Dining Commons.
Simple Zone is our campus “pantry” where food items needed by students with Celiac disease or nut allergies are stored and prepared with precautions against cross-contact. This area is free of tree nut, peanut, and gluten-containing ingredients and products. Simple Zone gives you the ability to be involved in your own allergen-safe meal preparation.
Simple Zones are located in Beatty Dining Commons and Kennedy Café.
Rustic Roots is a dining experience that celebrates whole, plant-based foods and aromatic flavors with recipes that substitute animal protein with nutrient-dense plant alternatives.
Eating a plant-based diet does not mean you can't eat meat, but that your meals are made mostly of plants. Plant-based cooking embraces globally diverse recipes that are good for your health and the environment. When you choose a plant-based meal you're supporting your immune system, increase your fiber intake helping you stay fueled longer, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saves on water usage, and contributes to ensuring a sustainable and accessible global food system.
Rustic Roots is located in Beatty Dining Commons.
Mindful is Sodexo's health & wellness approach that helps you make healthy choices second nature! We are committed to creating healthy environments for our customers. Central to this effort is providing healthy, nutritious foods. The result of this initiative is an approach that focuses on transparency of ingredients, delicious food, satisfying portions and clarity in message so that you can make Mindful choices!
Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each meal part is limited in calories, has fewer than 30% of calories as fat, fewer than 10 % of calories as saturated fat, and is restricted in sodium, and cholesterol. Look for the Mindful icon to indulge in the healthy and delicious items offered at each meal.
Our station and online menus include key nutritional information. Look for the Mindful, Vegetarian, Vegan, or other icons to easily identify menu items that focus on wellness and other dietary preferences.*
Our menu system supplies ingredient statements specifically highlighting gluten and the Top 9 allergens: milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, and sesame. You may check on the presence of allergens prior to planning your meals using our online menus. The absence of allergens listed on posted or electronic product signage is not a guarantee that the product is free of that allergen. You will be responsible for communicating your allergy to a supervisor or manager to ensure your safety.
*These icons are not present on national brand menus like Starbucks and Hissho Sushi. Please reach out to email@example.com request this information if needed.
Menu items with the vegetarian icon contain no meat, fish or poultry, or any meat products such as soup base. Our vegetarian offerings meet the needs of lacto-ovo vegetarians and may include eggs and/or dairy products.
Vegan offerings contain no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey.
Plant-based offerings are plant-derived and sugar and honey may be included.
Locate a healthier choice! All Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each Mindful item is limited in calories, has fewer than 30% of calories from fat, fewer than 10% of calories from saturated fat, and is restricted in sodium and cholesterol.