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Food Allergies & Special Diets

Cornell Dining takes food allergies and other dietary restrictions very seriously. Cornell Dining's culinary team and management are trained yearly with the AllerTrain food allergy training to increase awareness of ingredient labeling, cross-contamination, and other concerns. 

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.

Read on for more details about these specific topics:

  • Allergen Labeling
  • Kosher and Halal
  • Vegetarian and Vegan
  • Eating Gluten-Free
  • Gluten-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free

Please contact us for more information.

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Michelle Nardi
Phone: 607-254-2389

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Student Disability Services

We recognize that there are a variety of health conditions that may impact your food choices. We can work with you to find appropriate meal options across campus. 

Cornell Dining has taken many steps to be allergy-friendly and inclusive, including having a wide variety of options in each dining facility (including gluten-free options). 

Based on your specific situation, we may need to make a personalized dietary plan to make sure your needs are met. Visit the SDS website to learn how to register for dietary-related disability/chronic health accommodations and/or modifications.

Allergen Labeling

Cornell Dining is committed to providing options and information to all of our guests with different dietary preferences. All menu items in Cornell’s Residential Dining Rooms are labeled for the following major allergens: milk, egg, fish, nuts, peanuts, shellfish, soy, and sesame. We also label for gluten. See below for an example of a label you would see in one of our dining units.

A sample nutrition and allergen info label


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

As part of our partnership with Menus of Change, we offer Plant Forward options for all of our guests including vegan and vegetarian menu items at all of our dining locations.Within our Residential Dining Locations, menu items are labeled as vegan or vegetarian at the food station based on inherent ingredients. Whenever possible, we try to use dedicated vegan fryers and equipment, but this is not always possible. If you prefer to avoid foods fried in oil that may have been used for non-vegan items, please avoid foods with the “shared oil” sign below. If you have any questions about how we prepare a specific food, please ask!

Foods fried in shared oil may contain major allergens


You can learn more about the vegan and vegetarian offerings at our retail locations on NetNutrition. Choose the vegan or vegetarian preference to identify appropriate options. Some items may also be customized to meet your needs.

Eating Gluten-Free on Campus

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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, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free Dining

Cornell Dining is proud to offer Risley Dining, a Gluten-free, peanut free and tree nut free dining room that is certified by Kitchens with Confidence.


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.