Food Allergies & Special Diets

Food allergies and special diet needs are becoming more common.  University Dining Services has your health and safety in mind when handling your special diet.

  • Contact our General Manager of Residential Dining Operations, Robin Hadnett, at 330-972-5592.  A meeting will be scheduled with you to discuss your diet needs and put you in touch with our Chef and appropriate staff.
  • Robertson Dining Commons offers an Allergy Friendly Zone with food selections to accommodate most food allergies and dedicated food equipment.  Food can be specially prepared upon request, as well. 
  • Robertson Dining Commons’ full-time staff has undergone allergy training and use dedicated cooking equipment for food preparation to avoid cross-contact.  Look for the employees in purple aprons for food allergy assistance.
  • The dining hall also defines foods containing the eight most common food allergens by providing signage at each station.
  • Zees convenience stores offer an array of gluten-free and peanut-free selections.
  • Your dining plan purchase gives you access to our Partners in Nutrition program, free of charge.  This program can provide counseling and guidance for your special diet.
  • Be aware of the potential for cross-contact and choose products that you know are safe for your particular food allergy/ intolerance. If you have any doubts, please ask! 
  • Always be prepared for the unexpected. It is important to always carry your medications.