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A better tomorrow starts todayFor Your Health

Being well and eating well means becoming aware of choices and making the right decisions to achieve a better today and a better tomorrow.  Your Sodexo dining team is committed to offering you a wide range of options for a healthy dining experience.  From recipes that include the most nutritious mix of ingredients to offering educational resources for positive lifestyle habits, healthy options are the result of a team dedicated to advancing the well-being of the entire campus community.

Another important part of our focus on health and wellness is the use of seasonal menus, featuring fresh and healthy ingredients - many of which are grown by local or regional farmers.  Every season has its own unique produce that is showcased in delicious signature dishes to highlight the distinct flavors and natural appeal of seasonal items.

For students who have special dietary and nutritional needs we have informational resources and customized menus to address your needs.  These menus meet the strictest compliance standards, without sacrificing flavor, texture or presentation. 

Sodexo's nutrition icons make it easy to identify healthy choices

Look for these nutrition icons on the foods being served on your campus to help you meet your dietary needs or desires. If you need assistance finding the right types of foods for you, please reach out to your on-campus Sodexo manager or chef. If you have additional dietary questions, please contact us so we can help!  Sodexo has registered dieticians ready to answer your questions and help you make healthy choices. 


Food Allergies & Special Diets

Marist Dining Services accommodates all students with medically diagnosed food allergies or medically prescribed diets. We do this in many ways. Ingredients for all foods served in the dining hall are clearly listed on the station menus. 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. This is one way we strive to empower students to feel comfortable utilizing as many dining hall food stations as possible. We also serve gluten-free pizza and pasta in the dining hall.

In addition, we maintain a swipe-access-only My Zone special diets kitchen. Only students who have a medically diagnosed food allergy or medically prescribed diet are given access to the My Zone kitchen. These students also sign an agreement that they will abide by all of the My Zone kitchen rules, aimed at preventing cross contamination. My Zone is a gluten-free, peanut and tree-nut free area reserved for people with allergies and other special diet needs.

Inside the My Zone kitchen we stock special foods to accommodate the cohort of students who are using the space. These are mostly breads, breakfast foods, snacks and desserts. They may be egg free, soy free, dairy free, etc. depending upon the needs of the students in any given year.

We also serve a 7-Allergens-Free hot lunch and dinner inside the My Zone kitchen. This meal is free of dairy, soy, nuts, tree nuts, gluten, eggs and shellfish. Students can swipe into the kitchen, serve themselves a hot meal, and then return to the dining hall to sit with their friends to eat, all in the same amount of time it will take those friends to assemble their own meals in the dining hall.

Please write or call us if you have questions, or want to learn more about this program. If you are an incoming student and you will need access to the My Zone program, please contact Mohamad Charafeddine, General Manager of Marist Dining Services by Sodexo, at 845-575-5114 or mohamad.charafeddine@marist.edu

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