We provide the necessary information to help students manage their food allergies within our dining locations!

Carleton Dining recognizes that about 7.5% of the population is affected by at least one food allergy (1). Students with allergies can experience a limited diet and spend a higher amount of time and effort managing their allergies compared to other students. Therefore, we make every effort to provide the information that students need to make an informed decision about their food choices. This includes providing menu and product ingredients when necessary, and using appropriate dietary icons for each menu option.

Do you have food allergies or require a specified diet?

Students with food allergies or requiring specific diets due to a medical condition can book an appointment with our registered dietitian. Private consultations may include a tour of the dining locations to identify which foods are safe and, if necessary, a meeting with the chefs or other necessary managers so that you know who to contact with questions. If you have special dietary needs, contact our registered dietitian via e-mail at AskaDietitian@carleton.ca or schedule an appointment.

  1. Food Allergy Canada. (2021). Retrieved from Food Allergy Canada: https://foodallergycanada.ca/our-impact-advocacy-and-services/about-us/who-we-are/our-mission/

True Balance

the caf is building a True Balance Allergy station that does not contain ingredients from 9 of the major allergens to better assist our students navigating our dining hall with major allergies:

The station will be open for lunch and dinner and will contain rotation of items with no soy, nuts, peanuts, mustard, gluten ingredients, shellfish, eggs, dairy, or sesame!

For more information about True Balance, please contact askadietitian@carleton.ca!

Want to learn more about Food Allergies on campus? Check out our Allergy Guide below!

Gluten-Free Pantry

Carleton University Dining Services has a one-of-a-kind Gluten-Free Pantry designed for students with Celiac Disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance.

The pantry is intended to give students with gluten-free needs access to appropriate foods and is located in the caf situated in an enclosed area with restricted access. Access of the pantry is granted on an individual basis by the Registered Dietitian. Please note that the gluten-free pantry is not certified gluten free. Food prepared for the pantry is cooked separately from gluten-containing items or is pre-packaged.

Note that in addition to the Gluten-Free Pantry, we have a No Gluten Icon for foods made without gluten ingredients in various stations at the caf. We aim to limit the risk of cross-contamination, but due to the open nature of the dining hall we can’t guarantee that the items are gluten-free. Please visit the dietary icon tab for more information.

Want to Gain Access to the Gluten-Free Pantry?

1. Book an appointment for Gluten-Free Pantry Access, below:

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2. A one-to-one interview will be scheduled to review rules and regulations and sign the Gluten-Free Pantry User Agreement

3. Once you have access, you can use the pantry anytime you are in the caf. When you come into the caf, you simply swipe your student card to get into the pantry.