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: Kosher foods prepared under rabbinical supervision by the Va'ad is available at the NY Deli & Diner, located next to Bert's food court in Talbert Hall.
Vegetarian: Vegetarian options are available daily in all dining centers. Our vegetarian options contain no meat, poultry, fish, or shellfish; but eggs and dairy are included.
Vegan: Vegan options are available daily in all dining centers. Our vegan options 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.
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.
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.
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!
Visit the CDS Nutrition Site and Nutrition Blog for more tips for students on ways to make healthier choices. 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.
Meet the Dietitian
In March 2018, Campus Dining and Shops (CDS) at the University at Buffalo was pleased to announce that Registered Dietitian, Lori Bendersky had been certified as an Allertrain Master Trainer through Allertrain by MenuTrinfo, LLC. As an Allertrain Master Trainer, Bendersky is able to teach and certify Dining Services staff on food allergies and Celiac disease.
To become a certified master trainer, Bendersky had to complete the Allertrain course, take a full-day webinar through Allertrain and pass a comprehensive exam. Master trainers are chosen based on their knowledge of food allergies, food intolerances, and Celiac disease. They must also have food industry and teaching experience. Allertrain's certified teaching programs, which are ANSI accredited, will enable Bendersky to keep CDS Dining Services staff up-to-date on the latest information as it pertains to food allergies and Celiac disease. Through Bendersky's facilitation, each dining location on North, South and Medical campus now has an Allertrain certified manager on duty at all times.
Lori Bendersky, MS, RD, CDN is a passionate Registered Dietitian who received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Michigan State University and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University at Buffalo. "This is another step that Campus Dining and Shops has taken to assure the safety of all of our customers," said Bendersky. "I enjoy providing nutritional analysis and allergen information for menus on campus and educating college students on the importance of eating balanced meals to support their busy, on-the-go lifestyles."
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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