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Dining with Food Allergies

Nourishing meals for all


Managing a Food Allergy

  • If you have a food allergy and have not met with our Dietitian, contact Kate Sweeney as soon as possible to learn about safely dining on campus with a food allergy. Find out more about what balanced eating is and how to navigate BC Dining to eat balanced.
  • Review BC's Meal Accommodation Policy, which includes meeting with Kate and registering with the Disabilities Services Office. 
  • Unsure of which items contain what? Ask a manager at any of our dining locations. They're happy to help!
  • Be cautious of cross-contamination, and again ask a manager if you are concerned that something may be contaminated.
  • If you've been perscribed an EpiPen for the treatement of an allergic reaction you should always have it with you.
  • In the case of an allergic reation, call BC Police at 2-4444 or 911 from a landline.
  • BC Dining staff cannot administer the EpiPen, but a friend, family member or emergency personnel can.

Did You Know? 

  • Our Plain and Simple dinner station, open every evening at Corcoran, Stuart, and McElroy, serves meals free of the 8 top allergens (milk, soy, eggs, wheat, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts), gluten, and sesame.
  • Use the Online Allergen Filter to check for allergen-free offerings at Corcoran, McElroy, Hillside, Stuart, and Lyons.
  • Our Pesto sauce is nut-free.
  • Our granola is nut-free; it is made in a bakery that processes peanuts, tree nuts, and soy.
  • Salad bars, grain bars, and yogurt bars are nut-free to reduce the possibility of cross-contact.
  • Menu items containing nuts are identified with signage in the dining halls in red font and on the online menu.
  • Bakery items should be avoided, since they are produced in our BC Bakery that also uses nuts.
  • For more information, please see this special peanut allergy alert from the FDA.
  • Soy milk is available at Carney’s, Lower Live, and Stuart in dispensers.
  • Unsweetened and vanilla almond milk is available every day at McElroy, Stuart, Corcoran, Lyons, and Walsh in dispensers.
  • Soy milk, Lactaid milk, and almond milk are available in the grab n' go cases at McElroy, Stuart, Hillside, and Corcoran.
  • Soy lattes are available at the Chocolate Bar and Hillside.
  • Many soups on the rotating menu do not contain dairy - check the online menu or ingredient labels.
  • Oatmeal is made with water in all dining locations.
  • Acai bowls in McElory can be made with non-dairy milk - acai bowls in Addie's use almond milk - just ask!

Prescreen your menu choices for specific allergens (eggs, fish, shellfish, milk, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and/or wheat) and get complete ingredient information by setting an allergen filter on our online menu. To access the online menu, first select your preferred dining location. The allergen filter is located on the top right hand side of the page. Note: BC is not an allergen-free facility.

For information regarding accommodations for a medically prescribed diet while dining on campus, please refer to our University protocol.

Learn about our gluten-free and food allergy focus group:

Liability and Disclaimer Notice 

Boston College Dining Services uses soy, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, dairy, shellfish, wheat, sesame, gluten-containing foods, and other potential allergens in meal preparation. BC Dining staff are trained on and aware of the severity of food allergies and Celiac disease, and allergens are identified to the best of our ability. However, manufacturers change product formulation without notifying BC Dining and cross-contact is possible. Students need to be aware of risks and take responsibility for asking the manager on duty for assistance. BC Dining strongly encourages students with food allergies or Celiac Disease to follow the Policy for Meal Accommodations, and meet with the Administrative Dietitian.