Food Allergies & Special Diets

Food Allergies & Intolerances

Most food allergies or intolerances can be managed independently. Contact Tom Linderholm, Assistant Director of Culinary, if you plan to dine on campus with a food allergy. He can provide you with information about the menus, recipes, ingredients, and food preparation methods. He can also help you navigate the existing dining options and provide you with the resources you need to make a meal plan work.

E-mail: [email protected]

At UMD we take food allergies seriously. We realize that food allergies are a growing public health concern, with as many as 32 million people in the United States having food allergies. UMD Dining Services strives to provide safe, healthy, and tasty food to all students. 

To enhance the safety of our students we take a number of preventative measures, including staff training, and point of sale allergen labeling. We label for the ten main allergens. Please note that although we take great care to provide the most up-to-date information, there is the potential for menu substitutions. It is ultimately the responsibility of the student to ask questions and make safe and healthy choices while dining on campus.

Ten foods account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions, these include:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Sesame
  • Corn


There are dairy alternatives available on campus at UMD. Soy Milk alternatives are offered at all of the Dining Services locations. All Dining Services’ locations provide Silk brand Soy Milk. Northern Shores Coffee shop also provides soy milk as an alternative for your coffee beverage.


Superior Dining takes great care in serving minimal menu items containing peanuts or tree nuts. Superior Dining does provide peanut butter as an option for students, and Sun butter is an available option for those with nut allergies. To learn exactly which menu items may contain peanuts or tree nuts, please contact our Assistant Director of Culinary, Tom Linderholm.


UMD Dining Services has a number of specialty gluten-free products available. Including gluten-free crusts, buns, pastas and more.

While Dining Services takes great care in keeping some of our products gluten-free, items are prepared in a common kitchen which is not a gluten-free environment