Nutrition and Wellness

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Food Allergies

UCSC Dining uses colored icons to identify foods that contain the most common allergens. These icons, shown below, are used on our online menus and on the signs in the dining halls. Although we do our best to meet the needs of students with food allergies, our facilities are not gluten-free or allergen-free. If you have a food allergy that is not represented by one of the icons below, please schedule a visit with your nearest dining hall manager; they will support you in having a safe dining experience.

A system of icons is used on the online menus and on signs at food stations in the dining halls to indicate the most common food allergens and other dietary choices.

Peanut Icon
Contains Peanuts
or Tree Nuts
Gluten Free Icon
Gluten-Free
 
Contains Dairy Icon
Contains Dairy
 
Egg Icon
Contains Egg
 
Soy Icon
Contains Soy
 
Halal Icon
Halal
 
 
Fish Icon
Contains Fish
or Shellfish
Vegetarian Icon
Vegetarian
 
Vegan Icon
Vegan
 
Beef Icon
Contains Beef
 
Pork Icon
Contains Pork
 
Allergen Filter

Wellness and Special Diets

Whether you have a food allergy, religious food preferences, a vegan/vegetarian diet, or simply need assistance with your food selections, we can provide the resources to help you make delicious choices, safely and easily.

We work with students who have food allergies or intolerances, and other special dietary needs, to make sure they get the most from their dining experience. We encourage students to talk with our dining hall managers about specific dietary restrictions.

Menu signage at Dining Halls

Tips for students with food allergies or special diets

  • Meet with a dining hall manager
    Dining hall managers are knowledgeable about the options available and can show you which foods will work with your diet.
  • Consult the online menu
    The online allergen filter can show you the menu items that do or do not contain specific allergens for each dining hall location.

Nutrition

Interactive nutrition facts for all of our meals is available through the online menus. You can use the meal calculator to check calorie counts and plan a whole day's eating. Additionally, each dining hall location displays printed signs next to each entree or side dish identifying ingredients, nutrition content, allergens, and vegan or vegetarian choices.

Religious Dietary Guidelines

Certain religious practices restrict dietary intake and necessitate close attention to recipe ingredients. The most commonly restricted foods are certain types of meat, fish, and dairy. We use a comprehensive food labeling system to help guests identify the use of such foods.

Vegan and Vegetarian Resources

UC Santa Cruz Dining offers vegan and vegetarian options at every meal and at every dining hall every day! Our community is comprised of those with varied dietary lifestyles; we are keenly aware of this and work hard to offer a wide selection of delicious vegetarian, dairy-free, and vegan dining options at every meal. Check out the menus to see what we're serving today!

Cultural Food Diversity

We offer a variety of foods from different cultures. These dishes let students enjoy favorite meals from their childhood to help them feel comfortable and "at home" on campus, and provide variety so other students can try something new. If there are foods you would like to see in the dining halls, fill out a comment card. We welcome your suggestions!