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Food Allergies & Special Diets

Cornell Dining takes food allergies very seriously. Cornell Dining's culinary team and management are trained yearly with the AllerTrain food allergy training.

 If you have a food allergy or intolerance, it is important to learn about all the options available to you. Please work with us to review your options. Many students are easily accommodated by foods served each day in the many dining locations. We'll assist with managing dietary conditions within the dining rooms. A detailed plan is developed for dining on campus safely. If the options are so limited that they will not afford a healthy nutritional diet, chefs in the dining room are asked to make meals to meet the individual needs.

Please contact us for more information.

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Michelle Nardi
Phone: 607-254-2389

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Student Disability Services

Cornell Dining is committed to providing delicious, nourishing meals for all of our students. We encourage our guests with dietary needs such as food allergies and intolerances to be self advocates and use the resources listed below to promote independent navigation of our dining locations as much as possible.

In some cases, we need to help you make personalized plans to make sure your dietary access needs are accommodated. In order to develop a plan that meets your specific needs holistically, we may recommend that you register with Student Disability Services (SDS). Please complete this survey for additional guidance about appropriate next steps for your particular needs.

Visit the SDS website to learn how to register for dietary-related disability/chronic health accommodations and/or modifications.


All menus in Cornell's residential dining rooms are labeled for the following major food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, nuts, peanuts, soy, shellfish, gluten, and sesame.

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Cornell Dining makes every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies. Every effort is made to instruct our food production staff on the severity of food allergies, and to label items with possible allergen-containing ingredients. However, there is always a risk of contamination and the possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation at any time, without notice. Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of these risks.

Cornell Dining is committed to providing options and information to all of our guests with different dietary preferences.

Kosher and Halal

For those who follow a kosher diet, 104West! Multicultural Dining Room is our Star K-certified residential dining room, located on west campus. 104West! also accommodates Halal and Seventh-day Adventist diets. All kosher foods are prepared and packaged under the supervision of a mashgiach.

Additionally, all foods in Cornell Dining's residential dining rooms are labeled for alcohol and pork. 

Contact 104West! for more information.

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

All dining eateries offer vegan and vegetarian menu items. These items are clearly labeled on our menu boards and at food stations. 

Eating Gluten-Free on Campus

Gluten-free options are offered throughout campus. Gluten-free bread, cereals, and desserts are just a few of the items that are available. Cornell Dining is proud to offer house made foods, which include fewer processed ingredients. In the case where a menu item can be made gluten-free, it will be. In all decisions in sourcing, Cornell Dining tries to choose ingredients with fewer allergens and zero gluten.

Gluten-Free Dining

Cornell Dining is proud to offer a 100% Certified Gluten-free residential dining room. Risley Dining is Certified Gluten-free by Kitchens with Confidence. Risley Dining is also 100% peanut and tree nut free. 


Cornell Dining's retail eateries offer a variety of gluten free options. Gluten-free bread is always available as an alternative in our delis, and some locations offer gluten-free menu items. GF desserts and snacks can also be found!

Additionally, most a la carte locations sell Certified Gluten-free grab and go options made at Risley Dining. Choose from a variety of safe sandwiches or salads throughout campus.