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Four Steps for Eating Well with Food Allergies, Intolerances and Special Diets

If you have a food allergy, intolerance or special diet, your first step is to self-identify and meet with the UVA Dine Dietitian, Danielle Schneider who will work with you personally to create a customized meal plan that fits your needs.

Here’s our step-by-step process on eating well when you have a specialized diet:

  1. Meet with the UVA Dine Dietitian, Danielle Schneider to discuss food options in more detail and to take a personal tour of dining locations so that you can get to know the chefs and location managers of the locations you most frequent. Through this team approach, students are encouraged to take accountability for their own safety in the context of receiving support amidst a “family kitchen” atmosphere.

  2. Decide with Danielle if the best option for eating safe is to request individualized prepared meals on a daily basis. Individualized service is available for all meal plan holders based on need or preference. Students can also request an individual meal at the time of service. It just might take a few moments to get it ready! Everyone should feel comfortable asking for a specialized plate to meet their dietary and medical needs.

  3. Become familiar with the menu and offerings on the Copper Hood stations at O’Hill, Runk, and Fresh Food Co.

  4. The last step is simply taking charge of your health – we are here to partner with you and keep you nourished, safe and happy at the University of Virginia. Students are always welcome to come into the kitchen and read ingredient labels and talk to our culinary team about being safe in our residential dining facilities.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to start the conversation. We also welcome feedback from current students and parents so that we can improve the program for all students on Grounds.


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