The Department of Dining Services analyzes and provides students and other customers with nutritional information about meals served in the dining units. Visit our Nutrition Information page for more information.
The Department of Dining Services will work with students who have short term dietary restrictions to help meet their needs with the food products available to them. However, students who have long term dietary restrictions or medical issues, should contact Jennifer at the Center for Students with Disabilities at 486-2020.
Visit NOSH, the Kosher kitchen in Gelfenbien Commons dining facility. Kosher dishes are prepared under the certification of the Kashruth Commission of Greater Hartford. All Kosher offerings in Gelfenbien Commons servery will be mainstreamed with other menu alternatives so that anyone may choose to eat Kosher without any additional cost. Also, all dining units provide fresh, frozen Kosher prepared food during Passover. Students may contact their Dining Hall Manager or Hillel House (487-9007) for more information. Arrangements for Kosher meals need to be made in advance with the Dining Hall Manager.
Halal or Muslim Choices
Visit Halal, the muslim food station in Gelfenbien Commons dining facility. As with NOSH, the Halal station is mainstreamed with other menu alternatives so that anyone may choose to eat at Halal at no extra cost. Halal is open Monday - Friday during lunch and dinner hours.
Dining Services operates an in-house bakery, "Not Just Desserts," that supplies all areas of our operation. You may order birthday cakes, 10" chocolate chip cookies, as well as fruit baskets to be delivered to someone on campus. You may purchase these special items with your meal plan points. Parents may also order to send to their son and/or daughter. Please call (860) 486-3128 for ordering information.
If students need special service due to scheduled field trips or off-campus internships, they should see the Dining Hall Manager during the first week of classes.
If you become ill and cannot make it to a dining unit for a meal, you may call the dining facility you normally eat in, ask for the manager on duty and request a meal "to go". Please provide the manager/supervisor with your PeopleSoft number as well as the name of the individual who will be picking up your meal. When the designated person picks up the meal for you, they must swipe in their own card, swipe in the requesting student's card and contact the unit manager/supervisor to assist with the take out.
Flex meals allow students to bring guests to any meal as long as he/she accompanies the guest (including visiting parents/family members).
Student IDs used for the meal plan are not transferrable. Your meal plan cannot be used by anyone else with the use of your ID card. This is a serious infraction and is listed under the Student Conduct Code under the Conduct Rules and Regulations, Section 8 of the handbook, "Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code". Students who violate this policy will be referred to the Office of Community Standards for necessary action.
The Department of Dining Services will allow backpacks in the dining area. You may also, however, choose to check your laptop bags and/or valuables with the validine operator. You will receive a baggage tag from the validine operator. Fill out a baggage ID tag for each item that you will be storing while you are in the dining room. Keep the receipt(s) that you are given. Upon returning to collect your things, you must show your photo ID before receiving them. You will not be allowed to pick up anyone else's items except your own. You may bring your laptop computer without the cases into the Dining room. You may also utilize lockers if they are available in your area. You must provide your own locks. Dining Services shares no liability in the storage of laptop computers, knapsacks, and other bags with valuables. Store them at their own risk.
Food Allergy Disclaimer
The University of Connecticut Department of Dining Services 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. In addition, we label items with possible allergen-containing ingredients; however, there is always a risk of contamination. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation or substitute at any time, without notice. Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. Dining Services also operates its own bakery. Our bakery is not a “nut free” bakery. We cannot guarantee the absence of cross contamination with our baked goods. The University of Connecticut
Department of Dining Services will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating at any University establishments. Students with food allergies are encouraged to contact Dining Services at 860-486-3128 for additional information and/or support.
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