Allergies & Intolerances
Living and dining together help foster community and connection between our students, faculty, and staff. The College has a single dining hall, the Dining Center, that serves as a central hub for dining, gathering, and socializing together.
Communal dining provides many opportunities for fellowship, but might present questions for those with food allergies and intolerances. In order to support our students who experience food allergies and intolerances, we work closely with individuals to identify and meet their needs within our dining program.
We recognize that both returning and new students experience an evolving range of food allergies and intolerances. Please contact us to discuss any concerns you may have with regard to your particular needs.
Please be aware that the Dining Center is not a peanut-free facility!
We recognize that both returning and new students experience an evolving range of food allergies and intolerances. We ask any student with a food allergy or intolerance who may need dining accommodation to complete the Accommodations Questionnaire in mySwarthmore to start the process. Log in using your Swarthmore credentials, choose Personal Information Main Menu and select Accommodations. Please be aware that in certain cases the College may require medical documentation and may also connect you with our Student Health Service and Student Disability Service to best meet your needs.
Options For Those With Food Allergies and Intolerance
Most students, with consultation from our staff, find they can navigate the regular offerings safely, and don't require additional arrangements. Available options include, but are not limited to, the following resources
- The Dining Center Free Zone has offerings free of all of the top 8 food allergens plus sesame. Food allergens include milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy and sesame. The goal of the Free Zone is to provide allergen free dining options for those with food allergies. This station has dedicated food storage and preparation equipment. Equipment includes coolers, ovens, fryers, grill,toasters and waffle maker. Purple serving utensils will also be dedicated to this station. Our goal is to serve safe and nutritious meals to the community.
- Allergen information is posted on the digital menu boards at each station in the Dining Center.
- Individual meal preparation. This can be arranged on an as-needed basis for students with severe allergies
- Pack out meals. If you're traveling with a sports team or other group, you may arrange in advance to have a meal packed out that has been prepared appropriately for your specific food allergy or intolerance.