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Nutrition and Allergy Information
Nutrition counseling is available to RIC students during the academic year. The services of a Licensed, Registered Dietitian are available to students wanting information on general nutrition, weight management, food allergies, or specific therapeutic diets. The nutrition office is located in the Faculty Center and appointments can be made by calling 401-456-8477 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodations for Students with Food Allergies and Sensitivities
College Dining Services is committed to making reasonable accommodations* to meet the food service needs of individuals with documented food-related allergies and sensitivities. Students seeking accommodations for these conditions should self-identify upon enrollment to the College and must:
- Register with the Disability Service Center.
- Provide current documentation from the student's treating physician that clearly describes the student's specific food allergy or sensitivity and recommended accommodations, as detailed in the Disability Services Center's Food Allergy and Sensitivity Information Form.
- Sign a Release of Information Form allowing the Disability Service Center to provide the Dining Services Registered Dietitian with a copy of the Food Allergy Information Form to verify registration and eligibility for accommodations.
- Meet with the Dining Services Registered Dietitian for a consultation and / or explanation of dining services available, based upon the verified medical needs of the individual.
Note: College Dining Services cannot provide for dietary preferences. We provide students with information about our menus, recipes and ingredients, how to navigate the dining facilities (Donovan Dining Center, The Café, or The Galley) for options, and the resources to assist in making a meal plan work.
Dining Services provides the following:
- Individual counseling
- Nutrition facts on their website
- A trained staff to answer your questions or help with selections
- Precautions to prevent cross-contamination, including a freezer for gluten free foods
- Special foods available on a daily basis, including many gluten-free foods, soy milk, lactose free milk, and foods cooked to order
- Signs posted at point-of-sale alerting students to foods containing the eight major food allergens (shellfish, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, milk, eggs)
- Be knowledgeable about your food allergies or special diet.
- Speak up and ask for what you need. The staff is here to help you.
- Seek more information about food ingredients, if needed.
- Carry your Epi-pen or other medication at all times, as well as contact information.
- Know what to do in case of an allergic emergency.
Students with Celiac Disease or a Gluten Free Diet:
In an effort to assist the growing number of students on Gluten-free diets, our daily food selections include:
- a gluten free soup
- at least one gluten free entrée
- gluten free potatoes, rice, and/or vegetables
- frozen entrées - gluten free, organic, vegetarian
- gluten free meats on the deli line, with special breads and rolls in a separate container, and a separate cutting board and knife
- gluten free chips, cookies, and snack bars
Nutrient Analysis of Foods
We are constantly updating this section. We have listed here our standard menu items. New items may not always be listed.
Please ask your server if you can speak with the Manager or the cook who actually prepared the item, so that you can obtain accurate ingredient information.