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Food Allergies and Dietary Accommodations at Framingham State University


The Dining Services Dietitian will work with students to provide reasonable accommodations.  Accommodations may include alternate meals or menu choices that will be provided for students who have seen a health care provider and have been formally diagnosed with a condition requiring dietary accommodations.


How do I get started?

·        Contact the Dining Services Dietitian, Carolyn Holland at or 508-626-4602, and include as much information as possible regarding your dietary needs.

·        Set-up a meeting with the Dining Services Dietitian to discuss your needs in detail and to tour the Dining Commons.

·        After all information has been reviewed by Dining Services, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the student highlighting the discussion and what accommodations will be provided to the student.

·        If however, students do not feel their dietary needs are able to be met, they may request a modification to the dining contract. Students should refer to the Dietary/Meal Plan Modification Policy and contact Disability/Access Services.


Role of the Student

It is the responsibility of the student to maintain communication with the Dining Services Dietitian and any other parties that are involved in the student’s case. Some dietary accommodations can be maintained independently while on campus, while others may require special meals to be produced to ensure the safety of the student.  


If the student is prescribed an epinephrine injector, they are solely responsible for its use.  Dining Services does not have epinephrine injectors available at any of its dining locations. The Dining Services staff is not trained and cannot administer or provide them. The student should alert friends, roommates, and/or resident assistant of their condition, educate them about the signs and symptoms of anaphylactic shock, and provide them with the steps to take if such an incident occurs. 

It is the mission of Framingham State University Dining Services to ensure an exceptional student dining experience.  It is our firm belief that special dietary needs should not exclude any student from this exceptional experience. If at any point you are dissatisfied with the care received at dining locations, please contact the Director of Dining Services at
dining@framingham.eduor 508-626-4602, or another member of the management team.

Tips to ensure a safe dining experience at Framingham State University:

·        Know the severity of your symptoms. 

·        Always carry your emergency medications when dining. Educate a friend or roommate you often dine with about the signs and symptoms of anaphylactic shock, and the steps they should take if such an incident occurs. The dining services staff cannot administer an epinephrine injection, and does not have one available at dining locations.

·        Introduce yourself to the Dining Services Team and let us know about your dietary restrictions. We are here to help you!   

·        Know where to find the menus on our website (

·        Neverguess about an item. If you are concerned that it may contain an allergen, ask us! 

·        Questions regarding recipes and dietary accommodations can be addressed by emailingdining@framingham.eduor contacting someone from the Management Team.

We are here to provide you with a safe and exceptional dining experience. Please reach out to use with any questions or concerns at (508) 626-4602

More Information: 

Use Food Allergy Research & Education’s College Search to find information about food allergy accommodations at Framingham State University. Visit to learn more about ingredient information availability, cross-contact procedures and allergy-friendly stations. For additional information regarding food allergies and dietary restrictions, please contact theDining Services Dietitian, Carolyn Holland at

Allergen Friendly Dining at FSU

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New this Fall! Simple Servings

Simple Servings is our new 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 eggs.  All foods offered will be made without gluten-containing ingredients.   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 with every lunch and dinner. 


Our kitchen prepares many foods with gluten and the other listed allergens.  Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid cross-contamination of their menu items.  Although we take precautions, the possibility of cross-contact with other foods does exist.


While the Simple Servings program is designed to allow customers to have an easy way to avoid gluten and allergens, our chef and dietitian still want to meet all of our customers with special food needs.  Knowing about customer preferences and limitations allows us to plan our menu to best meet everyone’s needs.  Please introduce yourself to the Dining Services Dietitian, Carolyn Holland at


The Simple Servings program is located in McCarthy Dining Commons, running seven days a week during lunch and dinner weekdays and brunch to dinner on weekends. 


Simple Servings: providing convenient, delicious, and secure options for you.  Focus on your future, not your food allergy. 

My Zone which is an allergen aware zone designed to offer food products that are gluten free. My Zone is a self serve area within the dining hall consisting of a stocked refrigerator as well as a designated microwave and toaster. This area is labeled with signage to warn against cross contamination. This station is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additionally, hot entrees are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the My Zone Hot Station. Please notify your dining managers with further questions regarding foods that are safe for you beyond these 2 designated stations.

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Please note: FSU Dining Services is committed to providing an allergy friendly dining experience.  However, the ingredients and nutritional content of food items served in the campus dining locations may vary. In addition, manufacturers may change their product formulation or ingredients without our knowledge and product availability may fluctuate. While we make every effort to identify ingredients, we cannot assure against these substitutions or changes. It is ultimately YOUR responsibility to determine whether to question ingredients or eat selected foods. FSU Dining Services cannot guarantee the safety of students with life-threatening allergies. 

Framingham State University is proud to offer MyZone, allergy-safe pantry, and Simple Servings, a allergen-safe, hot food station. 

My Zone

My ZoneMy Zone is our campus “pantry” located at _____________, where food items needed by students with Celiac disease or food allergies are stored and prepared with precautions against cross-contact. This special area is free of tree nut, peanut, and gluten-containing ingredients and products. My Zone gives students the ability to be involved in their own allergen-safe meal preparation. For more information on using My Zone, please contact (Contact Person) at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or or 

Simple Servings

Simple ServingsSimple Servings is our allergen-safe, dining option for our customers with food allergies, gluten intolerance, or those who prefer plain and simple foods. The Simple Servings station offers food free from common allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, and eggs.  All foods offered are also free from 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. Simple Servings is open to anyone and is located at                            , running five or seven days a week from                    to                    on weekdays and from                    to                  on weekends. Check out the menu for Simple Servings menu today at (Provide link to Dining Location Menu)! 

For more information on Simple Servings, please contact (Contact Person) at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or or 

Simple Servings: providing convenient, delicious, and secure options.  Focus on your future, not your food allergy.

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