Special Dietary Needs


True Balance - Located at Champions Kitchen and Fresh Food Co.

Made-Without-Allergens Stations

True Balance, our Made-Without-Allergens and Gluten Free station, was developed to make life and eating easier for those with allergies and intolerances. The recipes and ingredients have been specially selected by our chefs and registered dietitian to exclude wheat/gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, milk, fish and shellfish. **Students with allergies to other foods may request specially-prepared meals to accommodate their special diet once they have registered with the Disability Resource Center.**

Daily Menu Options

True Balance serves a different entrée selection and offers hamburgers, turkey burgers, and gluten free pasta upon request during lunch and dinner at both restaurants. Contact the RDN at diningdietitian@lsv.uky.edu for more information.

Created for You

All students can partake from this station, but it was especially created for students with food allergies and intolerances. In order to keep this area safe, we ask that our guests do not bring outside food, plates, cups, utensils, or take-out containers into this area.

Employee Training for Food Safety

Chefs and Cooks at True Balance have received comprehensive food safety training. Continuous education is paramount: daily refreshers on the importance of food safety are executed and facilitated training sessions are held throughout the semester. 

Our Chefs that work at the True Balance stations have received training from either AllerTrain U: Allergen and Gluten Free Service Certified Training, Gluten-Free Resource Education Awareness Training, or ServSafe Allergens.

Students with allergies and intolerances can be confident that we have trained our staff and execute re-trainings in pursuit of continuous improvement. We work together as a team to ensure that all students are well-nourished, using our products and brands that we purchase, without exception. This approach maintains that all food safety policies and requirements can be managed and executed.

Food safety is our number one priority for students with food allergies. Our entire philosophy is built from the foundation of Safety First. Our goal is to provide students with the tools that they need to be active in the management of their food allergy. In this manner, we can provide a safe and supportive transition into college life.

We Want Your Feedback

If you have any questions or feedback regarding True Balance or how we can accommodate your special diet needs, please contact our registered dietitian at diningdietitian@lsv.uky.edu.

Your Guide to Managing Food Allergies & Celiac Disease


Although UK Dining is taking great lengths to accommodate students with allergies, we prepare food in open kitchens where cross contact with foods containing allergens may occur and UK Dining relies on our suppliers ingredient listings and may not be aware of ingredients contained in the food, but not listed on the container or packaging. As such, UK Dining cannot guarantee a completely allergen-free environment.

We're Here to Help


Meet our registered dietitian, Jessica Carter, RD, LD

Jessica is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she completed her BS in Dietetics and Honors program with an emphasis in World Cultural Food Issues. She then went on to complete her Dietetic Internship with Iowa State University. Jessica has experience in food service, long term care, pediatrics, community and worksite wellness. Jessica’s professional areas of interest include women’s health, public health/community nutrition, food and culinary nutrition. She works with the culinary team to provide special dietary accommodations to students with food allergies/intolerances, and hold events throughout the year to promote overall health and wellness. Jessica strives to help students gain an understanding of their unique nutritional needs so that they feel empowered to make choices that best fit their goals.

If you would like assistance in any of these areas, please contact her at diningdietitian@lsv.uky.edu.