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Providing you with healthy options is something your dining team proudly does every day. We help you select delicious, nutritious and satisfying meals, snacks and desserts by highlighting well-balanced menu choices and providing nutritional information and tips to help you make choices that fit your needs.

Food Allergies

We take pride in serving you wholesome ingredients, preparing recipes accurately and ingredient statements through our online menus and nutrition calculator. From our general manager to our front line servers, we work carefully to address food allergies, celeriac diets, or other special dietary needs.

We want to meet one-on-one with anyone who has individual dining needs to ensure that your dining experience is safe, delicious, and social. If you have a food allergy/special diet concern, please contact our operations manager.

Gluten-Free Options

The Gluten Intolerant Options Program (G.I.O.) was designed to allow students with a gluten dietary restriction.

My Zone

My Zone is our dining room “pantry” where food items needed by students with Celiac disease or nut allergies are stored and prepared with precautions against cross-contact. This area is free of tree nut, peanut and gluten-containing ingredients and products.

Meet the Dietitian

Cara is an independent Dietitian working with Sodexo Independent Schools developing menu guidelines and standards.

This section will be updated monthly with new nutritional tips and helpful hints to keep your body in tip - top shape. Cara Zechello, a Registered Dietitian for over 20 years, graduated from Framingham State University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Food & Nutrition and a Master's degree in Nutrition Education. 

Cara has worked for Food Banks in Massachusetts, providing nutrition education services to hunger relief agencies in the community and nutrition counseling at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. 

Cara is an independent Dietitian working with Sodexo Independent Schools developing menu guidelines and standards. This section will be updated monthly with new nutritional tips and helpful hints to keep your body in tip - top shape.

Mindful mindful-icon-35x32.png

Mindful is Sodexo's health & wellness approach that helps you make healthy choices second nature! We are committed to creating healthy environments for our customers. Central to this effort is providing healthy, nutritious foods. The result of this initiative is an approach that focuses on transparency of ingredients, delicious food, satisfying portions and clarity in message so that you can make Mindful choices!

Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each meal part is limited in calories, has fewer than 30% of calories as fat, fewer than 10 % of calories as saturated fat, and is restricted in sodium, and cholesterol. Look for the Mindful icon to indulge in the healthy and delicious items offered at each meal.

GlutenFree-35x35.pngA variety of gluten-free items across campus and can accommodate customers with foods that are free from gluten-containing ingredients and protected against cross-contact with gluten.

Vegetarian-35x35.pngMenu items with the vegetarian icon contain no meat, fish or poultry, or any meat products such as soup base. Our vegetarian offerings meet the needs of lacto-ovo vegetarians and may include eggs and/or dairy products.

Vegan-35x35.pngVegan offerings contain no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey.