Contact Request: Food Allergies and Intolerances

Welcome to the University of Maryland, Home of the Terrapins!
Here are a few highlights of the UMD special diets nutrition program:

1. The Purple Zone

The Purple Zone is a new concept in all three dining halls where all the food is free of the most common nine allergens (dairy, peanuts/tree nuts, eggs, sesame, soy, fish, gluten, shellfish).
These stations are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving a variety that includes many of the same menu items that can be found at other stations in the dining hall – completely free of the top nine allergens.

Examples of menu items range anywhere from Buffalo Breaded Chicken Breast on a Kaiser Roll to Chocolate Chip Pancakes. The Purple Zone menu changes every day for two weeks before it repeats. Trained servers at this station will be wearing purple aprons so you can easily identify them.

2. The Purple Fridge
Purple Fridges are self-service stations, one in each of the three resident dining halls, that contain pre-made entree and dessert items from popular brands such as Udi’s, Amy’s, Daiya, Enjoy Life, etc.
These items are NOT free from all top nine allergens: they are marked with the allergens that they do contain. A list of everything in the fridge and the allergens that they contain can be found on the inside of the fridge door. An example of one of the items in the fridge is Udi’s Sausage Cheese Lasagna – Gluten Free, Soy Free, Nut Free (Contains Egg and Dairy).

3. Know before you go!
To see what is on the menu each day at the dining halls and outposts, visit This website will list for you all the foods served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any resident dining location on campus. you can filter your search by selecting the filter option in the top right and give you information about the allergens that each food item contains. Click on the apple, to be redirected to the nutrition and ingredient information.

4. EpiPen
Many of you have stated that you have an EpiPen. We encourage you to carry it with you everywhere and at all times.
5. Questions
If you have a question that requires an immediate answer while in the dining hall, ASK FOR A MANAGER OR CHEF. Servers are not trained to discuss specific allergen requests. The manager or chef on duty will be able to handle any questions you have about the food being served.

If your questions is less time-sensitive, contact me, the Dining Services Nutritionist, at and Chef John, Senior Executive Chef for Dining Services at


We provide additional accommodations for allergies and dietary restrictions on an individual, case-by-case basis and are prepared to help you as much or as little as you would like. To find out about our nutrition programming, go to

Our nutrition staff is prepared to help you manage your allergy or intolerance.

We are happy to work with you to identify and select appropriate food from our menu offerings or discover when you might need specially cooked meals.

We welcome the chance to speak with you.

Please fill out this form to introduce yourself and identify your allergy or intolerance.

We will then get back to you and make an appointment for a discussion about your options for Dining at Maryland .

For more information about allergies and food intolerance, click here.