Kosher and Halal
Kosher Meals and Snacks
Kosher-style options can be found in each dining commons, including a robust selection of meatless and vegan entrees. A variety of pre-packaged certified Kosher foods can also be found in our on-campus convenience stores, such as frozen meals, soups and snacks.
Kosher for Passover Meals
Each year during the 8 days of Passover, students, faculty and staff can enjoy a variety of kosher lunches and dinners at Waring Dining Commons in West Halls. All food is orthodox kosher certified. Food Services turns to Rabbi Ricki Vigon, Director of Aish at Penn State, as legal questions arise.
Meals can be purchased with the Campus Meal plan, LionCash+, or credit card.
For more information on Kosher for Passover meal offerings, please contact West Food District at (814) 865-2529.
On-Campus Kosher Microwaves
Students who want to adhere to kosher dietary laws while living on campus at University Park may submit a request to have a kosher microwave in their residence room. The microwave must meet the specifications listed below and is to be provided by the student. The request form is available online or at the Housing Office in the area in which the student is living.
All of the below specifications are maximums that must not be exceeded for approval and safety.
Power Supply – 120 V 60 Hz Single Phase with grounding
Output Power – 800 W
Frequency – 2450 MHz
For more information about microwaves in your area, contact your area Housing Office.
Warnock Dining Commons (North Food District) offers a gyro bar Monday through Friday lunch that includes hand-carved, Halal-certified gyro meat with choice of topping and tzatiki sauce as well as a variety of fish entrees prepared without alcohol. Additional meatless and/or fish entrees can be found in all dining commons on campus.
Penn State Food Services recognizes that many individuals exclude pork and pork by-products (lard, gelatin, etc.) from their diet, whether for religious or personal reasons. Menu items that contain pork will have an icon (shown below) displayed on both the entree cards at point of service and the online menu to make it easier to discern which recipes contain pork.