Students with special dietary preferences such as vegetarians and vegans will continue to be accommodated in our residential dining facilities this fall. We are planning some menu modifications at open-up to streamline the process of meal service and facilitate physical distancing. Despite this streamlining, vegetarian and vegan items will continue to be served. Our most heavily-used resources will still be in place, including our online menu which displays ingredients and indicates which dishes are meatless and which are vegan, as well as our entree cards which provide the same information at the point of service.

Meatless and Vegan Options:

The following criteria are used in labeling meatless and vegan menu items:

  • Meatless item - does not contain meat or meat by-products, but may contain honey, eggs, milk, cheese, or other dairy products.
  • Vegan item - does not contain meat or meat by-products, honey, eggs or dairy products, but may contain cane sugar.

Starting Fall 2020, we are excited to offer JUST Egg brand's vegan product as well as vegan sausage available daily for breakfast. In addition, we offer vegan pancakes for weekend brunches. For lunch and dinner in our Buffet to Go areas, we will offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian entrees, with a vegan entree being available at each meal. New for Fall 2020, we are asking that students who would like the following items, please participate in our advance notification system so that we can have special items ready for students when they are ready to eat:

  • Vegan sausage
  • Vegan sunrise pancakes (Saturday and Sunday Brunch)
  • JUST Egg Vegan scramble
  • Veggie burger (Lunch and Dinner)

To place an order for these items, please call the dinng hall directly with at least an hour notice. You can find the number for your dining hall here.

This will limit wait times, and ensure that we're providing an accurate, safe meal to each student. This year, more than ever, communication between students with special dietary needs and Food Services staff will be paramount. We encourage students to contact our Registered Dietitian's Office at [email protected] to make a plan for navigating dining.

Due to limitations to self-service, our traditional salad and fruit bar will not be available during our measured approach to open our facilities. We will continue to have salads, fruit cups, and yogurt parfait options, made by our staff and placed in grab-and-go containers.

Dairy-Free Alternatives

Each dining hall carries select dairy-free alternatives such as soy milk and rice milk, dairy-free cheeses, yogurts and sour cream. If you would like any of these items to accompany your meal, please request them when you arrive at the dining hall.

Additional Resources:

Penn State Vegetarian Club

Vegetarian Resources Group

Vegetarian and Vegan Dining at Penn State Facebook Page