Food Allergy

Talk to Us about Your Food Allergies and Diet Needs!

Students with special dietary needs are expected to communicate their dietary restrictions and requirements to the FSU Dining Team. We take pride in serving you wholesome ingredients, preparing recipes accurately, and providing nutritional analysis and ingredient statements through our online menus. From our general manager to our front line servers, we work carefully to address food allergies, intolerances, and other special dietary needs.

We want to meet one-on-one with you if you have individual dining needs to ensure that your dining experience is safe, delicious, and social. If you have a food allergy/special dietary concern, please contact our Campus Dietitian at to set up a meeting.

Allergen Friendly Dining at FSU

Simple Servings is our resident dining option, providing safe and appetizing food choices for our customers with food allergies or gluten intolerance. The Simple Servings station will not offer foods made with the FDA’s most-common allergens of peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, and egg. Simple Servings is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

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Mindful is our health and wellness approach that helps you make healthy choices second nature! Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. McCarthy Dining Commons is now certified Mindful Gold.  Half of the beverages offered are less than 40 calories per serving. More than half of the items on our menu meet the Mindful criteria, and every station offers something Mindful. Healthy does taste great!  Just look for the Mindful apple icon to find healthy and delicious menu items offered at each meal. 

My Zone

My Zone is an allergen aware area of the McCarthy Dining Commons designed to offer food products that are gluten, peanut, and tree nut free. The My Zone pantry is a self-serve area within the dining hall consisting of a stocked refrigerator as well as a designated microwave and toaster. This station is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Simple Servings

Simple Servings is our allergen-safe, dining option for our customers with food allergies or gluten intolerance. This station offers food free from peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, eggs, and gluten-containing ingredients. 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 totally eliminate, the chances of gluten and allergens in our Simple Servings foods. 75% of Simple Servings items also meet our Mindful criteria, which makes it an easy and healthy choice for custmers who are focused on ingredients and portion size to control weight, blood sugar and other health issues.

For more information on Simple Servings, please contact Leah Forristall at 508-626-4602 or email

Leah Forristall