Special diets met by university food venues

People on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s campus with specific dietary needs now have lactose-free, gluten-free, meat-free and vegan dining options on campus.

“We have a variety of students with dietary needs on campus for many different reasons whether it be due to an allergy, sensitivity, medical condition or by choice,” Stephanie Young, campus dietician, said. “We try our best to accommodate for specific requests. I encourage students to reach out to me for support when it comes to their food choices.”

Aside from the cooler stocked with these options at Greenwood Avenue Market, there are specially prepped meals available on campus.

There are Purple Stations located on campus that prevent cross contact of the top eight food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. There is one at Calientes in the Pioneer Crossing where people can order from the Strictly Delicious menu, and one at the gluten-free section of Stations in Bridgeway Commons.

“Staff are trained on how to use this equipment carefully to avoid cross contact and ensure foods are safe for individuals who need it,” Young said.

Student workers at Dining Services went through training over the week of Aug. 24, where they learned how to avoid cross-contamination during food preparation. There are special precautions taken, such as hand washing and food prep location, as well as kitchen utensils with purple handles used strictly for these food items.

“Any students who follow a Halal or Kosher diet can contact me and we can meet with our chefs to help meet their individual needs,” Young said.

Additionally, student diet concerns will be undisclosed by student workers and faculty to maintain privacy. For any questions, concerns or assistance with a special diet, contact Stephanie Young at (608) 342-7334 or [email protected].

Menus of items for people with special diets can be found at www.uwplatt.edu/dining/dining-locations.