Allergy Information

Students eating at Commons Dining Hall

Eating safely at Calvin

There are 9 food items that account for almost 90 percent of food allergic reactions: milk, eggs, nuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.

We work hard to identify all dishes that are prepared with these select items and in addition we advise diners with allergies to do following:

  • Pay attention to entrée name. Dishes made with common allergens often have that allergen mentioned in the entrée name.
  • Establish a relationship with the chef. Simple conversations with the chef in your daily visit to the dining halls can make your dining experience a lot easier. The chef can go over ingredients used in recipes and how the meal was prepared.
  • Read labels! Our chefs will be happy to tour the kitchen with you so you may view labels of the foods you will be eating.
  • When in doubt... If there is ever a question about an entrée, we recommend you avoid consuming it.

Nut-free areas

Commons

  • The East dining room (located closest to Schultze-Eldersveld) contains 2 nut free tables.
  • East dining room/line one salad bar is nut free. Located just beyond salad bar is a designated toaster station that is nut-free.
  • All areas that contain or may contain nut products will have signs clearly displayed.
  • Food on the hot lines will be nut-free unless otherwise indicated by clearly displayed signs and servers on the lines will be informed ahead of time if a food product will contain any nut products and will make this information clear. Nut free areas will be washed separately from areas that may contain nut products.
  • If there is ever any question or concern about any of the food products being served, students are highly encouraged to talk to a supervisor at the dining location.

Knollcrest

  • The Northeast dining room (located closest to Beets-Veenstra) contains 2 nut free tables.
  • Northeast salad bar (Beets-Veenstra side) will be designated as nut free and will be clearly labeled.
  • All areas that contain or may contain nut products will have signs clearly displayed.
  • Food on the hot lines will be nut-free unless otherwise indicated by clearly displayed signs and servers on the lines will be informed ahead of time if a food product will contain any nut products and will make this information clear. Nut free areas will be washed separately from areas that may contain nut products.
  • If there is ever any question or concern about any of the food products being served, students are highly encouraged to talk to a supervisor at the dining location.

Note: All retail locations on campus are considered areas that contain nuts. Students with nut allergies should use caution in these locations.

Who to contact if you have a food allergy:

Student Academic Services: 616-526-6113
Dining Services Office: 616-526-6384

This ensures that proper arrangements will be made with Dining Services in order to provide information that is helpful in selecting the foods that meets each individual's dietary needs.

What to do if you have an allergic reaction in the dining halls

If it is a severe reaction:

  • Have the dining service manager or a staff member Call x3-3333 or 526-3333 to page campus safety immediately.
  • Have the manager or staff member explain the problems.
  • Tell them where you are located, i.e. building / specific location.
  • Administer an Epi-Pen or take medication as prescribed.

If it is not a severe reaction:

  • Take medication as prescribed.
  • If you feel that medical attention would be beneficial, call for non-emergency help at 3-3333 or 526-3333.

In either case:

Please follow-up with the dining services manager where you ate the food item that produced the reaction by telling them what happened. This is important so that the specific reason for the inadvertent exposure can be identified and corrective action can be taken as needed to prevent future exposures.

Disclaimer

Although we strive to make the information as accurate as possible, deviation(s) from recipe(s), product substitution(s), or changes to portion size can happen during our meal preparation process. Our utmost mission is to serve you in the best ways possible in a healthy and safe dining environment.