We take nutrition seriously and strive to provide our students many options for flavorful and nutritionally balanced meals.
A menu committee, consisting of Food Services staff members and our corporate executive chef, continually evaluates menu selections for their appearance, taste, nutritional value, and selling appeal. The committee also considers the logistics of offering the item. Nutritional information about all the menu items is available upon request.
Food Allergies and Intolerances
If you're a Penn State student living with a medically diagnosed food allergy or intolerance, you're not alone. Helpful nutrition information is displayed in the dining commons. Entrée cards are supplied for each item served in the dining commons, complete with nutritional information about the food item, as well as allergen information. A nutrition assistant screens each recipe for five allergens: milk, wheat gluten, nuts, fish, and eggs. The following symbols are printed on entrée cards if the recipe contains the specific ingredient identified:
Allergy icons on the entree cards are displayed based on recipe ingredients. You need to be aware, though, that cross-contamination with other allergens is possible since the facility receives other foods containing allergens that may not be noted on the entree cards.
Our bakery items are produced on equipment that also produces foods containing peanuts, tree nuts, seeds, dairy items, and/or dried egg powder.
Some products from the Berkey Creamery (which supplies dairy products to the dining commons) contain nuts, and inadvertent cross-contamination is possible.
If you have a special dietary need due to a food allergy or intolerance, Penn State's Food Service is here to help. Please contact Penn State Altoona Food Services at 814-949-5400 if you have any questions or concerns about your food allergy or intolerance.