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Food Allergies & Special Diets

Cornell Dining takes food allergies very serious. Cornell Dining's culinary team and management are thoroughly trained yearly with the AllerTrain food allergy training. We can accommodate any special dietary request at any dining location.

Allergy FriendlyRisley Dining Room is our Peanut Free facility. We also offer a peanut free toaster in the North Star Dining Room.

If you have a food allergy or intolerance, it is important to learn about all the options available to you. It is essential to meet with the dietitian, Michele Lefebvre, to review your options. Many students are easily accommodated by foods served each day in the many dining locations. Michele assists the student with managing dietary conditions within the dining halls. 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 hall are asked to make meals to meet the individual needs.

Student Disabilities Services

Cornell Dining asks that all students with a food allergy work with the student disability services office so Cornell Dining can document your condition and provide appropriate accommodations and menu options.

Visit the SDS website to complete the documentation for a dietary accommodation.

Once documentation has been sent in to SDS, Michele will meet with the student to develop a plan while living on campus.


All menus in Cornell's All You Care To Eat dining rooms are labeled for the eight major food allergens: wheat, dairy, eggs, fish, nuts, peanuts, soy, shellfish, and gluten.


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.


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