Campus Dining & Shops understands the importance of nutritionally balanced meals in the lives of busy college students. We are proud to serve a variety of menu options to meet your everyday food cravings, lifestyle and dietary needs. A wide selection of healthy options are available daily, including gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian offerings, along with local and international cuisine. We believe that nutrition is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle and encourage students to utilize the tools and resources available to find a balance in their food choices at UB.
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If you need special dietary accommodations or have questions relating to nutrition and wellness, please contact our Registered Dietitian or call (716) 645-6445.
Kosher: A selection of STAR-K certified kosher meals are available at Capen Café and Union Marketplace that includes a rotation of fresh salads, sandwiches, wraps, prepared sides and soup.
Vegetarian: Vegetarian options are available daily and contain no meat, poultry, fish, or shellfish; but eggs and dairy are included. Some cheeses may not be considered vegetarian due to the use of animal rennet. Items containing gelatin are considered non-vegetarian.
Vegan: Vegan options are available daily and contain no obvious sources of animal products or by-products, including honey.
Gluten Free: Certified gluten-free products are available upon request including: bread, pasta, bagels, muffins, hamburger buns, rolls, and cookies. Many of our recipes are made without gluten ingredients, please check nutrition signage and ask a manager before making selections. Students with medical needs who are required to follow a strict gluten-free diet should contact our Registered Dietitian.
Free From: Items are Certified Free From™ wheat, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.
Halal: Options do not contain pork, alcohol, or meat that is not Halal certified. Fish and vegetarian proteins are allowed. Halal chicken is available daily at Bravo Pasta, Mexican stations, and in select Grab-n-Go meals.
Smart Choice: Items marked A+ fit certain nutritional criteria and have one of the following nutritional redeeming qualities:
- Contains a serving of fruit or vegetable
- Is an excellent source of whole grains and fiber
- Low in sodium: 600mg per entrée, 400mg per side and 200mg per snack
- Fits into many diets including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, halal and kosher
- ≥10% daily value for one or more nutrients: Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Vitamin D
Food Allergies & Intolerances: Campus Dining & Shops is committed to making reasonable accommodations for students with food allergies or intolerances. Nutrition facts and allergen information is available online and in each dining center to help students make informed food choices. Students are encouraged to meet with our Registered Dietitian to receive more information about menus, recipes, ingredients and food preparation methods to help make safe selections in the dining centers. Nutrition assessment and counseling for food allergies and other dietary concerns is available with Janice Cochran, MS, RD at Health Promotion. For an appointment, call (716) 645-2837 x 0 or visit Health Promotion. For other accommodations related to a food allergy or sensitivity, call Accessibility Resources, (716) 645-2608 or visit the Accessibility Resources site for more information.
Allergen & Gluten-Free Food Service Training: Campus Dining & Shops' Managers and Registered Dietitian have completed the AllerTrainU certification course. This training covers essential information on how to safely serve students with special dietary needs including food allergies, intolerances, sensitivities, and Celiac Disease in a University food service setting.
Simple Kitchen is an access-controlled pantry at Goodyear Dining Center that offers food that is Certified Free From™ wheat, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish by Kitchens with Confidence™. This space reduces the risk of cross-contact by having dedicated equipment and verified ingredients. Students can safely prepare meals with ease in this home-like kitchen at UB. For more information or access inside the kitchen, please contact the CDS Registered Dietitian at email@example.com.
Meet the Dietitian
Lori Bendersky is a Registered Dietitian certified in New York State. She holds a Bachelor's in Dietetics from Michigan State University and earned her Master's in Clinical Nutrition from University at Buffalo.
As the Dietitian with Campus Dining, Lori reviews menus to help ensure students have access to healthy and nutritious foods on campus. She is available to provide the following:
- Nutrition, ingredient and allergen information for foods served across campus.
- Assist with dietary accommodations (i.e. food allergies, intolerances, sensitivities, religious, or medical restrictions).
- Help navigate campus menus on NetNutrition to identify options that fit a variety of dietary preferences (e.g. vegan, vegetarian).
- Nutrition education and guidance on healthy eating to meet your personal health goals.
If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please email Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eating healthy can sometimes be challenging. Use the USDA's MyPlate icon as a reminder to choose all food groups at most meals, in reasonable portions. You can build a healthy plate at UB!
Check out www.choosemyplate.gov for general information, nutrition and fitness tips, plus a daily meal and physical activity tracker.
What is MyPlate? It’s a reminder to eat healthfully, by choosing foods from the different food groups.
Look at the images below to see what counts as a typical serving size. Remember to choose low-fat or fat-free foods, lean protein, and whole grains!
Eating well, along with exercising and getting enough sleep, has a lot of immediate benefits such as helping you look good, feel good, and do better in your studies. So, start by making a few small changes now and start noticing the benefits.
Check out www.choosemyplate.gov for more information, tips, and recipes. What does YOUR plate look like?!
Made In/Grown In New York
Campus Dining & Shops, in our effort to support sustainable living practices on campus, has become a member of the Made In/Grown In New York program. The program, developed and administered by New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, was created to promote and support the sale of agricultural products grown and food products processed within New York State. Campus Dining & Shops has increasingly been purchasing both ingredients and foods from local producers. Currently, 20 percent of the campus dining services purchases are local. The logo and signs are displayed in locations where local food and beverage products are sold. The program’s growing membership now includes farmers and processors, retailers, distributors, restaurants and related culinary and support associations all working together to bring consumers wholesome, quality New York State products.
Food Allergy Disclaimer
University at Buffalo Campus Dining & Shops treats food allergies and celiac disease seriously. Please be advised that menu options may contain gluten and other major allergens (soy, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, eggs, milk, fish, and shellfish). Every effort is made to identify ingredients that may cause an allergic reaction but manufacturers of commercial foods we use could change their formulation at any time, without notice. We also operate our own bakery and packaged food facility, which produces goods that contain nuts. We cannot guarantee the absence of cross‐contamination in our baked and packaged foods.
Food service employees are trained on the severity of food allergies and safe handling procedures to minimize cross-contact; however, there is always a risk due to the self-serve nature of our dining facilities and shared kitchens. Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of these risks.
UB Campus Dining services will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed or come into contact with while eating at any University establishment. Anyone who may need to use an Epi-Pen or other medication should be sure to carry that with them at all times. University at Buffalo Campus Dining and Shops does not provide, or have training in the use of, Epi-Pens or other medications.
Food allergy concerns should be directed to the Campus Dining & Shops' dietitian or unit manager.
Nutritional Information Disclaimer
All nutritional information is based on recipes. Any additions or substitution of ingredients or condiments may alter nutritional values. Although this data is based on standard portion product guidelines, variation can be expected due to seasonal influences, minor differences in product assembly per location and other factors. The University at Buffalo Campus Dining & Shops attempts to provide nutrition and ingredient information regarding its products that is as complete as possible, however errors in labeling could occur due to menu changes or substitutions.
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