UConn is ranked #1 for the gluten-free options offered through Dining Services. The list of the Top 10 Gluten Free Accommodating Colleges for 2014 was announced July 11 at the 2014 meeting of the National Association of College and University Food Services.
“What set you … apart was that you went above and beyond the call of duty in providing gluten-free options for your students and truly helped them thrive,” said a letter informing the University of the ranking.
UConn Dining Services provides a range of dining options to meet students’ dietary needs, including gluten-free and kosher offerings.
Students who follow a gluten-free diet are encouraged to meet with Dining Services’ dietary team to learn what is available and so that staff can make adjustments where needed to meet students’ requirements.
Each of UConn’s eight residential dining units at the Storrs campus has a special gluten-free area that stocks strictly gluten-free foods; the Food Court also has a complete gluten-free menu, as does the casual dining restaurant, Chuck & Augie’s.
“We have watched the results of this poll for the last several years and are grateful that our efforts have been recognized,” says C. Dennis Pierce, executive director of Dining Services. “Students with specific dietary needs should have access to menu items that meet their expectations, so that they are prepared for their rigorous studies.”
Dining Services’ goals include providing flexible dining programs that provide value, support the needs of students, and enhance the education experience; maintaining student wellness through good nutrition; meeting the dining needs of a diverse population; and maintaining consideration for the environment.
Tomorrow on UConn Today, a UConn Health gastroenterologist discusses the pros and cons of a gluten-free diet. And on Wednesday, UConn chef Rob Landolphi demonstrates how to bake a gluten-free chocolate lava cake.