Special Dietary Needs

Resources for Students with Dietary Restrictions

Helpful Tools

For all special diets, please see the EatSmart tool or the UI Dining app to filter menu items by allergen or food preference. For additional accommodations please see below.

Inclusive Solutions

If you are a meal plan holder, and your allergy or intolerance is severe in nature or you are concerned about cross-contact, you can enroll in the Inclusive Solutions program. This service provides an online menu allowing students to order customizable entrees, sides, breakfast items, and some desserts 60 minutes prior to arrival in the dining hall. This online system works for any dining hall during their normal operating hours. The meals are prepared in a separate allergy-friendly area that has special cleaning and preparation protocols and is staffed only be our Dining Allergy Team. All dining services staff receive allergy training; however, each member of our Dining Allergy Team has completed additional training through the MenuTrinfo AllerTrain program and has passed an examination. For more information, visit http://www.menutrinfo.com. To obtain the Inclusive Solutions service, you must apply for services at http://disability.illinois.edu/applying-services to register your allergy with DRES, Disability Resources and Educational Services. 

Vegan/Vegetarian

We serve a vegan or vegetarian entrée and side at each classic dining location at every meal. Additionally, we serve vegan and vegetarian Good2Go meals at a la carte locations daily. LAR has vegan/vegetarian specialty restaurants Field of Greens Monday through Friday at lunch (LAR dining hall) and Leafy Wednesday night (Allen dining hall). Ikenberry’s Soytainly station has a vegan entrée, side, and dessert daily for lunch and dinner. Please use EatSmart or the UI Dining App and use the vegan or vegetarian filter to search all options in all dining locations.  

Our Dining Services program was recognized with a grade "A" in peta2's Vegan Report Card (pdf). This grade reflects our effort to go above and beyond to provide all students with exceptional vegan food.

Gluten-Free Corner

Each dining hall has gluten-free products for any student to use and is stocked with the following gluten-free items and some vegan gluten-free items:

  • Udi’s white sandwich bread
  • Udi’s whole grain bread
  • Udi’s hamburger buns
  • Udi’s hot dog buns
  • Udi’s plain bagel
  • Udi’s cinnamon raisin bagel
  • Udi’s Au Naturel granola
  • Udi’s cookies
  • Ud’s muffins
  • Udi’s brownie bites
  • EnerG bread
  • Food for Life brown rice tortillas
  • Various Enjoy Life products  

Additionally, various gluten-free items can be found in a la carte/retail locations. Please ask a manager if you are trying to locate a specific item or would like to make a recommendation for a specific item to be stocked.

Vegan Corner

Each dining hall has the following vegan items located in either the salad bar and in the gluten-free refrigerator:
  • Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Vegannaise
  • Tofurkey Oven Roasted Deli Slices
  • Yves Meatless Deli Ham Slices
  • Tofutti Cream cheese
  • Tofutti American cheese slices
  • Tofutti Mozarella cheese slices
  • Silk Soy yogurt (plain, vanilla)
  • Almond Breeze almond milk (vanilla, chocolate, original)
  • Rice Dream rice milk (original, vanilla)
  • Earth Balance Soy-Free butter spread
Please ask a manager if you are trying to locate a specific item or would like to make a recommendation for a specific item to be stocked.

Kosher

Kosher meals are served in Allen Hall Dining Room, in the Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls (LAR), 1005 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, Sunday – Thursday from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. during the academic year while the dining halls are in operation. These Kosher meals are under the certification of Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel of Illini Chabad and is in partnership with Illini Chabad. In addition, Kosher shelf-stable or frozen meals are available upon request in all dining halls. Kosher shelf-stable meals as well as other kosher products are available for purchase in the al a carte locations 57-North in Ikenberry, Chomps at Illinois Street (ISR), and Penn Station in Pennsylvania Avenue (PAR). Packaged kosher meals that were prepared in the Kosher Kitchen are also available for purchase in the Illini Union Quad Shop. 

For more information on the availability of Kosher meals in the area please visit: Chabad at http://www.jewishillini.org.

Passover

Residents with a meal plan who choose not to dine with Dining Services during Passover must email their request to housing@illinois.edu to be reimbursed the raw food cost for meals missed at the rate of $2.28 per breakfast, $2.44 per lunch, and $3.45 per dinner. Residents requesting this credit option should see the raw food cost credit posted on their Student Account Receivable (SAR) statement/e-bill. Students on the 6 Classic meal plan will receive a maximum of 6 dinner credits.

Ramadan

Residents can also be reimbursed for the raw food cost of lunch and dinner meals missed during Ramadan by emailing their request to housing@illinois.edu. It is the student's responsibility to track their meal plan and not eat from sunrise to sunset. The raw food cost credit amount is $2.44 per lunch and $3.45 per dinner. Assuming a student does not eat lunch or dinner meals during Ramadan, they will receive a maximum of 7 lunch and 7 dinner credits per week during each week of Ramadan. Residents requesting this credit option should see the raw food cost credit posted on their Student Account Receivable (SAR) statement/e-bill. Students on the 6 Classic plan will receive a maximum of 6 dinner credits. Residents observing Ramadan may elect to prepare sack meals for breakfast and/or lunch instead of a food-cost reimbursement. To do so, please notify a supervisor as you enter the dining room. Your ID number will be entered into the access system to deduct your carry-out meal from your meal plan.  One container will be provided each for cold and hot food items. To-go meals taken by students who observe Ramadan are the student's responsibility to keep the food according to food safety guidelines: 40˚F or below for cold food and 165˚F or above for hot food. 

Additional Questions?

Contact Erica Nehrling Meador, MS, RDN, LDN at nutrition@housing.illinois.edu