Nutrition Education

Dining Services Nutrition Initiatives

Gluten-Free Pantry 

Gluten Free LogoUCLA Dining Services is pleased to offer the Gluten-Free Pantry to students with Celiac Disease, wheat allergy, and gluten intolerance. The Gluten-Free Pantry is available during the academic year: fall, winter, and spring quarters.

The Gluten-Free Pantry is located at Bruin Plate and De Neve, the residential restaurant in Carnesale Commons and De Neve Commons. The Gluten-Free Pantry is a separate, keycard-accessed room with a toaster, microwave, refrigerator, and freezer. A wide variety of gluten-free items are available to eligible students.

To Gain Access to the Gluten-Free Pantry, Students Need to:

Step 1: Request an accommodation through the Housing and Accommodations Board, administered through the Center for Accessible Education (CAE) by completing the Housing Accommodations Request Form

Step 2: Provide medical documentation to support your request. Your health care provider must complete the CAE’s Gluten-Free Pantry Request Form.

Step 3: Submit the completed Gluten-Free Pantry Request Form by attaching it to your Housing Accommodation Request Form, bringing it in person to the CAE, or by emailing (scan) or faxing it to:

Jesse Pantoja
Housing/Parking Accommodations Coordinator

UCLA Center for Accessible Education
A255 Murphy Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1426
[email protected]
Direct Line: (310) 267-2005
Main Line: (310) 825-1501
Fax: (310) 825-9656

Step 4: The CAE Housing Accommodations Board will review your request and documentation and notify you by email with their response.

For More Information
If you have additional questions about the process to access the Gluten-Free Pantry, please email the Housing Accommodations Coordinator Jessie Pantoja at [email protected].

If you need more information about gluten-free dining at UCLA, please contact the Nutrition Education Coordinator Carole Bartolotto, MA, RDN at (310) 206-3193 or [email protected].

Offering gluten-free options is a trend in colleges and universities across the country. UCLA’s Gluten-Free Pantry was highlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, "Gluten Danger Puts Schools to the Test."

Wellness Meals

On September 8, 2014, UCLA joined 19 other college and university campuses across the nation to team up with Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) for the Healthier Campus Initiative. This initiative was developed in an effort to help make campuses healthier by adopting guidelines around nutrition, physical activity and programming. As part of our collaboration with PHA, we have created a variety of wellness meals which adhere to specific food group and nutrient profile criteria.

The following is our Wellness Meal Criteria. To see suggestions for a specific Residential Restaurant, please visit Wellness Sample Menus.


Food Profile (amounts are minimums):

  • 2 oz whole grain rich grain (>50% whole grain) serving equivalent
  • 1 cup fruit and/or vegetable serving equivalent
  • 1 cup low-fat dairy serving equivalent or 1 oz lean meat/fish/poultry serving equivalent

Nutrient Profile:

  • ≤ 400 calories
  • ≤ 10% calories from saturated fat
  • 0g artificial trans-fat
  • ≤ 460mg sodium



Food Profile (amounts are minimums):

  • 2 oz lean meat/fish/poultry serving equivalent
  • 2 oz whole grain rich grain ( >50% whole grain) serving equivalent
  • 1-3/4 cup fruit and/or vegetable serving equivalent
  • 1 cup low-fat dairy serving equivalent

Nutrient Profile:

  • ≤ 700 calories
  • ≤ 10% calories from saturated fat
  • 0g artificial trans-fat
  • ≤ 800mg sodium

The Student Nutrition Awareness Campaign (SNAC)

SNAC LogoThe Student Nutrition Awareness Campaign (SNAC), a service of the Bruin Resource Center, has a wealth of information available online, including shopping strategies and “Cooking for College Students” tip sheets. SNAC also provides information about weight management, body image, fitness, and supplements via informational table tents on all dining tables in the residential restaurants.


Nutrition Information Resources & Links

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UCLA Dining Services

Sproul Hall | 360 De Neve Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1367