Meet the Dietitian

Donna Duffy, RD is available for complimentary consultations on topics such as:

  • Food allergies, celiac disease, diabetes, or other special dietary needs 
  • Eating healthy on campus
  • Vegan and vegetarian nutrition 
  • Weight management 
  • Campus Presentations
For an overview of our Nutritional Services program, click here.

Donna Duffy, MS RDN CDN

Phone: (518) 437-3670

Fax: (518) 935-9268

Simple Servings and Gluten Free Friendly Dining Options

If you have food allergies, celiac or non-celiac gluten intolerance (or have friends that do), Simple Servings is for you! This innovative resident dining platform was developed to address the growing number of students who are arriving on college campuses with special dietary needs. Simple Servings' plain and simple wellness-promoting foods also appeal to guests who are focused on ingredients and/or portion sizes for weight control, blood sugar control or other health reasons. All foods served at Simple Servings are prepared exclusively with ingredients which do not contain the following food allergens:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Shellfish
  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts
Simple Servings is available at Indian and State Quad dining rooms at UAlbany. Please note that foods prepared at this station do not contain gluten. Foods are prepared in a facility which uses these ingredients in the production of other dishes. Although we take measures to ensure against this, the possibility of cross contact does exist.

Special Diet Accommodations

Before placing your order, please inform a dining staff member if you or a person in your party has a food allergy. If you have dietary questions, please ask to speak directly with a manager. 

Follow the steps below to assure your dietary needs are effectively met while dining on campus: 

1. Provide a signed diagnosis and prescription plan from your licensed healthcare. 

2. Schedule a meeting with UAlbany Dining’s dietitian ( or  518-437-3670) to develop a written plan that meets your dietary needs. 

Halal Options: Halal chicken is available at both State and Indian quad upon request.  A student wishing to pre-order halal chicken should email for access to the online form.  Pick up location will be at the Simple Serving station at each quad. Other halal locations in retail include: Halal Shack, Baba's Pizza and 518 Market.  (Note: meal plan students should use Munch Money, Podium or credit card for 518 Market items since there is no discount when using Discount Dollars).

Kosher Options: Though Kosher Kitchen will be closed Fall of 2020, kosher meals will be available for pick up there.Please email to receive access to the pre-order form.  Students on a myGreatDane Meal Plan can add a Kosher Meal Plan for $100 additional.  Students can elect to either pay an additional $100 or deduct $100 in Discount Dollars.  Students on a myFlex or myChoice plan do not purchase a separate Kosher Meal Plan like the myGreatDane Meal Plan students. Students on a myFlex or myChoice Meal Plan wishing to have a kosher meal simply swipe in at the Indian Quad checker station and request a kosher meal, which will activate a 60% discount off the kosher door rate.  However, myFlex and myChoice student should use the pre-oder form to ensure getting the meal of choice.  To have access to the pre-order form, email  Frozen kosher meals can also be purchased from 518 Market at the Campus Center (Note: meal plan students should use Munch Money, Podium or credit card for 518 Market items since there is no discount when using Discount Dollars).

In the event that you have a meal plan and the UAlbany Dining Dietitian cannot meet your dietary needs, please follow the policies/procedures for a meal plan refund. If you have any further questions and/or are unsatisfied with the results of the process, please contact the UAS Associate Executive Director of Operations at 518-442-7525.