Healthy Eating

Providing you with healthy options is something your dining team proudly does every day. We help you select delicious, nutritious and satisfying meals, snacks and desserts by highlighting well-balanced menu choices and providing nutritional information and tips to help you make choices that fit your needs.

Special Dietary Needs

Marist Dining Services accommodates all students with medically diagnosed food allergies or medically prescribed diets while also striving to empower students to feel comfortable utilizing dining hall stations. Ingredients for all recipes served in the dining hall are clearly listed on the station menus and are available on the website and Bite app. If a student is unsure about any item we are serving, staff will talk directly to the chef that prepared the dish to determine exactly what ingredients were used and how it was prepared. Write or call us if you have questions about accommodating a food allergy. Contact Colene Doughty, General Manager of Marist Dining or Marie Murphy, Marist Dining Dietician.

We serve a wide variety of foods in the Dining Hall, many of which are free of some, or all, food allergens. If you are not sure if a food contains an allergen that you must avoid, please ask a manager, supervisor or server for assistance. On-duty Supervisors are dressed in black with a white Marist Dining name badge and on-duty Managers wear gold Marist Dining name badges. He/she will go directly to the chef who prepared that item and will be able to find out if you can, or cannot, eat it. In some cases, the answer may be as simple as getting you a piece of meat from the kitchen that has not been dressed with a gravy that contains a food allergen. 

How to order special meals: Most students on a special diet will be able to build satisfying meals by combining foods from the Dining Hall stations with the Simple Servings 8-Food-Allergen-Free hot lunch or dinner, along with supplemental breads, snacks, desserts and breakfast foods that are stocked in the My Zone pantry. When this approach cannot meet all of a student’s dietary needs, Dining Services will work with the student to ensure that his/her needs are being fully accommodated, through specially prepared entrees, stocking specific products, etc.

Halal meals: We offer chicken breast, diced lamb, diced beef and ground beef. These entrees will need 45 minutes to one hour in advance to prepare their meal.

Kosher meals: Kosher meals are provided as sealed packaged meals. Kosher meals are heated and provided to the student who then break the seal to eat. The Kosher meals provided are vegetarian.

To request a Halal, Kosher or special allergen-free meal, please contact Burcu Schofield at Burcu.schofield@sodexo.com

My Zone

The My Zone Pantry is the contained refrigerator and shelf space where food items needed by students with celiac disease or nut allergies can be stored with precautions against cross-contact. The My Zone Pantry will always be free of gluten-containing ingredients and products, as well as tree nut and peanut products.  My Zone Pantry can include specially-prepared meals or pre-packaged items. Please note that the My Zone Pantry only guarantees the storage of pre-packaged items that are free of gluten, tree nuts and peanuts. It does not guarantee storage of pre-packaged items that are free from milk, eggs, wheat, soy and shellfish. With the My Zone Pantry: Students maintain control over managing their own allergy when foods are pre-packaged because they are the only ones handling them. Students can work closely with Marist Dining managers and chefs to negotiate which products are stocked.

Simple Servings

Simple Servings is the NEW 8-Food-Allergen-Free hot lunch and dinner station served at the Dining Hall flat top grill. It is managed by Marist Dining Services employees. All foods offered at the Simple Servings station are free of milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts and gluten. With Simple Servings, students can comply with food allergy or other dietary concerns without feeling singled out. They won’t have to go off campus for their meals or miss out on dining with their friends while waiting for the chef to specially prepare their meals. Straight forward preparation techniques assure transparency of ingredients, and help the student prepare to be responsible for their own shopping and cooking in future. The hot lunch and dinner menu change daily and include varied protein options: beef, pork, chicken and turkey. The daily menu will feature allergen-free proteins such as grilled chicken and hamburgers. All side dishes are vegan, containing no milk, eggs, or meat products

The weekly Dining Hall menu, including the Simple Servings 8-Food-Allergen-Free hot lunch and dinner, is available on the Marist Dining website. This interactive menu allows you to see nutritional information for every item that is listed. Using the menu can help you determine what foods will accommodate your special diet needs for any meal period. 

Gluten-Free Options

We have accommodated an increased demand for gluten free menu options over recent years. In the Dining Hall, gluten free alternatives are available to order at the pizza, pasta and deli stations on a daily basis. Several items such as our rotisserie chicken and salmon are also made daily with gluten free seasonings. Gluten Free options can also be selected for catered events. When arranging your event, please let us know in advance if any gluten free items are required so that we may incorporate them into your menu. Nutritional information for our gluten free products is also available upon request. Udi's is our main source for pre-made gluten free breads and baked goods.

REAL Certified

The Dining Hall is REAL Certified by the United States Healthful Foods Council (USHFC). This certification is a nationally recognized mark of excellence for food and foodservice providers committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship. Marist College is the first institution in New York State to earn this recognition for Responsible, Epicurian, Agricultural, Leadership (REAL).

Sick Meals

A "to go" meal is available for any student on a meal plan who is experiencing flu-like symptoms. If none of your friends are available to pick up the meal for you, you should contact your RA for help. Students can request either a “brat” diet meal (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, ginger ale, etc.), or a liquids and soft foods meal (soup, jello, yogurt, bread, juice, Gatorade, etc.). If you have any questions, please call Dining Services at (845) 575-5100 or email.

Mindful mindful-icon-35x32.png

Mindful is Sodexo's health & wellness approach that helps you make healthy choices second nature! We are committed to creating healthy environments for our customers. Central to this effort is providing healthy, nutritious foods. The result of this initiative is an approach that focuses on transparency of ingredients, delicious food, satisfying portions and clarity in message so that you can make Mindful choices!

Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each meal part is limited in calories, has fewer than 30% of calories as fat, fewer than 10 % of calories as saturated fat, and is restricted in sodium, and cholesterol. Look for the Mindful icon to indulge in the healthy and delicious items offered at each meal.

GlutenFree-35x35.pngA variety of gluten-free items across campus and can accommodate customers with foods that are free from gluten-containing ingredients and protected against cross-contact with gluten.

Vegetarian-35x35.pngMenu items with the vegetarian icon contain no meat, fish or poultry, or any meat products such as soup base. Our vegetarian offerings meet the needs of lacto-ovo vegetarians and may include eggs and/or dairy products.

Vegan-35x35.pngVegan offerings contain no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey.