Special Diets

Do you have a special dietary need and are concerned about the transition to the campus dining program? Well at William & Mary, we recognize that each person’s diet is considered special.

Many of our dining options feature fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and/or whole grains and other wholesome carbohydrates. Healthy options meeting our stringent evidence-based nutrition criteria earn “Mindful” certification.

Mindful is not about using your will power to eat healthy food that wouldn’t be your first choice. Mindful is about healthy indulgence; filling your plate with delicious food that will satisfy your appetite and hunger. In conjunction with the executive chef and on-campus dietitian, you’ll not only learn to embrace a healthy lifestyle during your college years, but learn skills and tips to allow you to maintain your healthy habits throughout your life.


Individual students need different things in order to stay healthy. For students with food allergies/intolerances or celiac disease, our award-winning Simple Serving station is a great way to help you stay safe and healthy while enjoying your social life in dining. Simple Servings is open to all students, with over 75% of menu options meeting “Mindful” criteria. For those who consume a plant-based diet, the vegan/vegetarian station will also be a great way to eat healthy delicious plant-based recipes and meet your nutritional needs. 

I have celiac disease or a food allergy. Can I eat in dining?

Your resident dining chefs and staff are trained and knowledgeable about preparing foods for those with food allergies/intolerances and celiac disease. Please [[w|specialdiets,email]] us of your allergy so that we can schedule a meeting for you with a chef to fully understand your needs. Your Campus Dietitian, Julie Nance, is also available to help you manage your allergy. To find out more about Julie and the services she provides, click here.


Both residential dining halls have a Simple Servings station where the only foods served are prepared without gluten, wheat, soy, shellfish, dairy products, eggs, peanuts, or tree nuts. Foods are also protected against cross-contact with allergens throughout storage, preparation, and service.  The Simple Servings station is not a self-serve station and we even provide all customers to the station a clean plate each time they visit to further decrease the risk of cross contamination. However, even with the best precautions in place, the risk of cross contamination may still exist. 

You can check recipes on any dining station for the presence of these allergens as well as mustand and fish. The online menu is another resource for checking the presence of allergens in foods as well as provide a Nutrition Calculator which lists the nutrition facts as well as allergens for all our recipes.  Point of sale materials on many items will also list allergens, nutrition facts, and icons highlighting foods that meet vegan, vegetarian, or Mindful criteria.


Be aware that some ways of preparing foods are prone to cross-contact with allergens, such as deep-frying. If you have a severe allergy, pre-plan your menu with the chef so that an individual portion of food can be prepared for you if needed. You may also see the full ingredient list, recipe, or food labels for any product by request.

Depending on your allergy, you may also need to work with your resident advisor, roommate, friends and faculty. People around you should know if you carry an epinephrine self-injector, and about your emergency plan. Sodexo works closely with FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education.) Check their site for information and resources for college students with food allergies. http://www.foodallergy.org/resources/college-students

For more information about the Special Diets program with William & Mary Dining, contact [[w|specialdiets]]