Dietary Restrictions in the Dining Hall


September 21, 2015
by Christina Zhou
Although schools are becoming increasingly diverse with its food options, the situation is still fairly grim for those who have special dietary considerations. Foods with strong dietary specifications, such as vegetarianism or religious dietary products, can be difficult to come by and usually do not have many options. However, this deficit can be resolved with the following tips:

Although schools are becoming increasingly diverse with its food options, the situation is still fairly grim for those who have special dietary considerations. Foods with strong dietary specifications, such as vegetarianism or religious dietary products, can be difficult to come by and usually do not have many options. However, this deficit can be resolved with the following tips:

  • Stock up on stock. For many, buying the raw ingredients for the foods that they want to eat is unfeasible both practically and financially. However, soups are both easy to prepare and cheap to buy. Additionally, they keep fresh for a long time and can be bought in bulk.
  • Join a group. Nowadays, you can find almost any sort of club you want on a college campus. Try finding a group out there that fits your needs. These sorts of clubs often have get-togethers with opportunities for free food. This way, you have easy access to the foods you need and can bond with other students.
  • Bring snacks. Look into nearby stores and see if you can find options there. Simple things like dried fruit and granola bars are usually cheap and keep fresh for a long time. If you live close enough, you can also try to bring some food supplies from home.
  • Seek out advice resources. There are many nutrition and food services available for students, including dining services and student health. Ask about feasible options nearby as well as nutritional information. Additionally, take advantage of the most underused resource: current students. Talk to them and find out what they do to get around these dining problems. This goes for many other situations as well. The upperclassmen have gone through the same college struggles as you, and are usually more than happy to give advice.
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Jessica M  on  9/26/2015 10:43:59 AM commented:

Thanks for the scholarship and grant information.I will apply to all that fits my situation.

stephane F  on  9/25/2015 7:40:29 PM commented:

Personnally I think that we should match religious special meals wit vegetarian meals. They are accepted by all religions and they are very healthy. It is not an issue to have one vegetarian meal by day even two or more. Don't let religion become a social issue. Do you agree?

Kendall C.  on  9/24/2015 12:47:29 PM commented:

i think I like pizza so just serve pizza!

Hafsa G.  on  9/23/2015 11:03:49 AM commented:

In my previous high school we did a petition for having more options of lunches for people with dietary restrictions/specifications. With enough people we impacted the lunches drastically. They added vegetarian menus and reduced fat menus and many more. I think that if you really want to change the menus, you have to be the one to take the first step. It is not impossible. :)

Brandiee. S  on  9/23/2015 9:43:53 AM commented:

I think that this inspires me 2 want better food in our schools & that all food requirement should be met. No matter what the circumstance is

Kimberly A.  on  9/23/2015 8:32:41 AM commented:

Do u have and grants or schlorships for the blind?

Ruth Ankrah  on  9/23/2015 8:06:25 AM commented:

I believe it good to have dietary options for the students because it shows respect for them and everyone has different beliefs so it's good to have these options out for them.

Tiana E  on  9/23/2015 7:45:29 AM commented:

I'm in the 8th grade right now but I want to try to reach towards my goals I would really appreciate it if there are some scholarships toward UM,Harvard,Yolola University,FIU,and LSU. Thank you !!! :)

Hannah D  on  9/23/2015 7:22:33 AM commented:

I agree that schools should offer options for those with dietary restrictions but I think the different advice and tips offered are great ways to maintaining your diet along with staying connected with the school!

Niat A  on  9/22/2015 11:56:49 PM commented:

Don't forget to drink a lot of water! Stay hydrated my friends.

Geovanni Colmenero  on  9/22/2015 8:37:39 PM commented:

How high do you have score on test

Carlos Morales  on  9/22/2015 6:25:09 PM commented:

Having the avalability to get scholor ships is going to be helpful during college life.

Kattie.h  on  9/22/2015 6:09:01 PM commented:

I think this is great and I'm very interested in it.

Hawkins B  on  9/22/2015 5:55:11 PM commented:

Stocking up on foods you are able to eat is proably the simplest way to go .

Rylee h  on  9/22/2015 5:34:27 PM commented:

I think that regardless of race or ethnic background, all the dietary needs should be met in school.

Derris L.  on  9/22/2015 4:01:47 PM commented:

This really motivates me to get more and more scholarships. It truly is a helpful thing.

Jordan D  on  9/22/2015 3:52:51 PM commented:

I believe that all dietary needs should be met in school for all students of all race religion and ethnic background

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