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Nutrition & Allergy Information

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Food Allergies

Messiah College Dining Services endeavors to identify and label all known ingredients which are considered common allergens. Messiah College Dining Services provides training to our staff regarding food allergens, the risks associated with them, labeling protocol and appropriate handling procedures of these items. Our Executive Chef, Production Manager, Dietitian and many of our cooks recently completed the AllerTrain™U course.  This training provides a clearer understand of food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities, celiac disease and other special dietary needs of college and university students. 

Even with training, however, there is always a risk of contamination with a known allergen in a food production environment. Additionally, suppliers and manufacturers may substitute or modify products at any time, without notifying us. It is the responsibility of the customer with a food allergy(s) or specific nutritional concern(s) to make the final judgment if a food item is appropriate for him/her to consume.

To better serve our guests with food allergies we strongly encourage those with concerns to self-identify as having food allergies and/or specific health related dietary restrictions.  We also recommend meeting with our dietitian and management team to review our protocols and available options to meet his/her specific need. We currently work with many guests with allergies and/or specific nutritional concerns and look forward to continuing to do so.

Students with specific nutrition concerns or medically restricted diets should arrange a meeting with our registered dietitian, Nicole Benner, R.D.


If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease and require a gluten-free diet, please contact Nicole Benner, R.D.  Gluten-free meal options are available at all restaurants on campus. Gluten-free options in Lottie Nelson Dining Hall include the Stir-Fry food station and specially prepared entrees and sides.  Selections of gluten-free items in Lottie Nelson Dining are located in the refrigerator next to the Stir-Fry station.

Additional gluten-free and allergen-free items are reserved for those students with documented allergies.  Please contact Nicole Benner, R.D., to gain access to this area.

Ordering an Allergen-Free Meal

You may order an allergen-free meal online via email.  Only requests from students who have met with Nicole Benner will be approved.

Messiah College Dining Services does not have a designated allergen-free or gluten-free kitchen, but our staff has the equipment and training to minimize cross-contamination.  With the proper notice, we can prepare allergen-free meals using designated equipment.  Our staff starts preparing for upcoming meals hours in advance.  In order for us to ensure that we can dedicate the proper diligence to preparing your gluten-free meal/allergen-free meal, we ask that requests be made by 9:30am for lunch and by 2:30pm for dinner.

We strive to have all of the ingredients for these meals available at all times, but availability may be affected by unusually high demand or vendor delivery options.

Nutritional Content & Information

Messiah College Dining Services is working to have all of our nutritional information available online.  As each recipe and ingredient must be analyzed individually, not all options may be available online.

Additional Resources

The following website offers helpful nutritional analysis of food items/recipes:

On-campus nutrition services are available to students at the Engle Health Center.  To schedule an appointment to meet with the dietitian, please call the Engle Health Center at (717) 766-2511, ext. 6035.