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 in all quad dining rooms at UAlbany (Alumni Quad is upon request only). 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.
In addition to Simple Servings, Indian Quad also features a dedicated gluten free friendly station where students can make their own waffles and enjoy manufactured gluten free cereals, breads and bagels.  All resident dining salad bars are also gluten free friendly. However, please note that UAlbany Dining handles and prepares egg, milk, wheat, shellfish, fish, soy, peanut, tree nut products, and other potential allergens in our dining rooms and kitchens.

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. 

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.