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The mission of Minnesota State University Mankato Dining is to educate students, engage the community, and enrich the Minnesota State University Mankato experience by offering one of the most unique and pioneering campus meal programs in the nation.

Food Allergy

Talk to Us about Your Food Allergies and Diet Needs! 

We take pride in sourcing wholesome ingredients, preparing recipes accurately and providing nutritional analysis and ingredient statements through our online menus and nutrition calculator. We are all passionate about serving students. From general manager to front line servers, we work diligently to address students’ specific needs, especially those with food allergies, Celiac disease, or special diet needs.

A team approach led by you, our educated consumer, is the best preparation for a safe school year free of allergic reactions. We want to meet one-on-one with all of our customers who have individual dining needs to ensure that your dining experience is safe, delicious, and social. If you have a food allergy/special diet concern, please call or send us a note using the feedback form.


Simple ServingsCollege is complicated enough; enjoying a meal at the resident dining hall shouldn't be. But choosing meals can present undue anxieties for the growing number of students who are arriving on college campuses with food allergies that can be dangerous-even fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teenagers and young adults with food allergies are at the highest risk of fatal food-induced anaphylaxis.


Simple Servings is our solution to proactively address most of the ingredients that account for 90 percent of all food-allergy reactions: milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts. Simple Servings also recognizes the current skyrocketing demand for gluten-free foods, which certain students may require out of medical necessity (celiac disease) or simply by choice. Simple Servings also appeals to students who prefer plain and simple foods and those with other health-related dietary concerns, such as Type I diabetes. With Simple Servings, students can comply with food allergy or other dietary concerns without feeling singled out. They won't have to go off campus for their meals or miss out on dining with their friends while waiting for the chef to specially prepare their meals. All foods offered at the Simple Serving station are naturally free of milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts and gluten. Straightforward preparation techniques assure transparency of ingredients, and help students prepare to be responsible for their own shopping and cooking in future. The lunch and dinner menu change daily and include varied protein options: fish, beef, pork, chicken, and turkey. All side dishes are vegan, containing no milk, eggs, or meat products.

If you have a food allergy and would like to discuss your dietary needs, please don’t hesitate to ask our staff for assistance to plan a meeting with our campus dietitian. 


Lexi Cournoyer, RDN, LDN 
Phone (507) 389-1441
Email alexa.cournoyer@mnsu.edu


School University is proud to offer MyZone, allergy-safe pantry, and Simple Servings, a allergen-safe, hot food station. 

My Zone

My ZoneMy Zone is our campus “pantry” located at _____________, where food items needed by students with Celiac disease or food allergies are stored and prepared with precautions against cross-contact. This special area is free of tree nut, peanut, and gluten-containing ingredients and products. My Zone gives students the ability to be involved in their own allergen-safe meal preparation. For more information on using My Zone, please contact (Contact Person) at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or E-mail@college.edu or e-mail@sodexo.com. 

Simple Servings

Simple ServingsSimple Servings is our allergen-safe, dining option for our customers with food allergies, gluten intolerance, or those who prefer plain and simple foods. The Simple Servings station offers food free from common allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, and eggs.  All foods offered are also free from gluten-containing ingredients. Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid cross-contact with food allergens. Separate equipment, storage areas, utensils and preparation areas minimize, but do not totally eliminate, the chances of gluten and allergens in our Simple Servings foods. Simple Servings is open to anyone and is located at                            , running five or seven days a week from                    to                    on weekdays and from                    to                  on weekends. Check out the menu for Simple Servings menu today at (Provide link to Dining Location Menu)! 

For more information on Simple Servings, please contact (Contact Person) at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or E-mail@college.edu or e-mail@sodexo.com. 

Simple Servings: providing convenient, delicious, and secure options.  Focus on your future, not your food allergy.

Minnesota State University Mankato | Dining Services | 7 Centennial Union | Mankato, MN 56001 | tel. (507) 389-2613 | Contact Us

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