Push for Expanded Dining Options to Accommodate All Belief Systems and Faiths
Many students choose to eat a specific diet because of their beliefs, including, but certainly not limited to, kosher, halal, vegetarian, and vegan diets. However, dining locations on campus continue to struggle to accommodate all eating choices, especially those only followed by a small community of students. It is not uncommon for labels to be incorrect, and little effort is made to still follow these diets when certain ingredients are out of stock. Unless you have a food allergy, there are few precautions to avoid cross-contamination with foods that do not follow a student’s diet, as these beliefs are only considered preferences. The definitions used by the university are also not typically the strictest interpretations of these diets, meaning that students may be led to believe that a certain food follows their personal diet when it does not. Students are often left feeling anxious when they are not assured that their food contains and is prepared in a way that conforms to their beliefs. Our current dining hours also do not often work well for students who are fasting and only eat after sundown, especially in the summer.
Maddie and Sri will better accommodate all personal and religion-based eating choices by working with University Dining Services to:
Students following belief and faith-based diets will feel more comfortable eating on campus because they have been assured that the food prepared for them was made properly for their beliefs.