Services to Help You Stay Healthy

The Dining team can address questions and concerns regarding nutrition and dietary needs. There are a number of services available to ensure an easy and satisfying dining experience.

Individual Consultations

Individual consultations to discuss and assist with concerns including, but not limited to, food allergies and intolerances, vegetarian and vegan diets and weight management.

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Meal Planning

Customized meal planning for students with food allergies and other restrictive dietary needs.

Information and Tours

Looking for more guidance in the dining hall? Reach out to the Dining team for an individual or group tour with your club, team, or floor.

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Eat Well Guides

You can always find a balanced meal at John Jay, Ferris Booth, and JJ’s Place! Our Eat Well Guides show you where to find daily whole grains, fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and healthy fats to build a beautiful, delicious, and balanced meal!

Events & Initiatives

Many of Columbia Dining's special events and initiatives have a nutrition focus. Learn more by exploring the featured events below.

National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. At John Jay Dining Hall, a National Nutrition Month Dinner is held to showcase available nutrition services, spotlight healthy daily offerings, and encourage physical activity.  

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Food Insecurity

Columbia Dining partners with The Food Pantry at Columbia to bring awareness to hunger on campus and provide tools to students experiencing food insecurity. Our Executive Chef and Dining team hold an annual workshop featuring healthy budget conscious recipes and teach students how to stretch their dollars at the grocery store. Learn more about how Columbia Dining’s address food insecurity here.

What's in Season?

Fall Produce is on the Menu! It's our goal to use locally sourced produce whenever possible. More than 50% of the food we serve - like the apples currently available in dining halls - are produced within 250 miles of campus! When it's not possible to source locally, we focus on seasonally available produce. In November through January, you'll see apples, oranges, clementines, and pears available on our shelves because they are in harvest season.


Eat Healthy, Be Healthy

The Dining team can help you learn how to eat healthy at Columbia and beyond campus, by suggesting tips for healthy options and featuring recipes that are good to eat and are good for you.