Providing you with healthy options is something Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) proudly does every day. We are here to help you select delicious, nutritious and satisfying meals, snacks and desserts by highlighting well-balanced menu choices and providing nutritional information and tips to help you make choices that fit your needs.

B-Healthy: Choose well, Be well

BUDS is proud to support the Healthy Campus Initiative. Our dining team works to provide healthy options across campus every day. we highlight wellness options, offer a variety of nutrition education opportunities, and have Registered Dietitians available to meet with students, faculty, and staff.

Meet the Dietitians

Alexa Schmidt, RD, CDN and Julie Lee, MS, RD, CDN are registered dietitians with Binghamton University Dining Services.

Alexa and Julie work to enhance the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff on campus. They provide nutrition consultations, guest lectures, nutrition programs, education materials, special diets (i.e., celiac disease, food allergies), and more. They are members of Binghamton University’s Eating Awareness Committee and B Healthy Steering Committee.

Nutrition consultations are available to students, faculty, and staff free of charge. The sessions are designed to help people obtain peak mental and physical performance through attention to their diet. Topics typically discussed during individual sessions are: basic nutrition guidelines, eating healthy on and off campus, nutritional supplements, eating on the run, pre-and post workout foods, guidelines for vegetarians, general health and wellness, food allergies, and more.

Contact Our Dietitians
To schedule an appointment or to request a nutrition program/lecture contact Alexa or Julie! 

Alexa Schmidt, RD, CDN
Office: Room 21, West Gym 
Office Phone: 607.777.2716   

Julie Lee, MS, RD, CDN  
Office: Rockefeller Center 265  
Office Phone: 607.777.5413    

Food Allergies & Special Dietary Needs

BUDS works to provide a variety of menu options for students, faculty, and staff who have food allergies, food intolerances and/or special dietary needs. We can accommodate special dietary needs (i.e., gluten free, nut free, dairy free) at any Resident Dining center. Please contact Alexa or Julie to set up a meeting and/or learn more about this service.

Simple Servings

The Simple Servings station provides safe and appetizing food choices for our customers with food allergies or food intolerances and those who prefer plain and simple foods. 

The Simple Servings station does not offer foods made with the FDA most-common allergens of peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, wheat, soy, milk products, and eggs. All foods offered are made without gluten-containing ingredients. The typical menu includes two lean meats (i.e., chicken, fish), two vegetables (i.e., broccoli, carrots), one whole grain (i.e., brown rice, quinoa), one bean/lentil (garbanzo beans, black beluga lentils) option at lunch/dinner. Brunch is served on weekends and is a "build your own" hash bowl. 

Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid cross-contamination of their menu items.  Separate equipment, storage areas, utensils and preparation areas minimize the chances of allergens in our Simple Servings foods. 

This station is incorporated into the servery to allow all students, even those without allergy concerns, to incorporate the options served at Simple Servings into their meal. We do ask that guests visit Simple Servings first, and use the plates provided, to help us avoid cross contact with allergens that may be present at other stations. 

While the Simple Servings station is designed to allow customers an easy way to avoid common allergens, our chefs and dietitians still want to meet all of our customers with special dietary needs. Knowing about customer preferences and limitations allows us to plan our menu to best meet everyone’s needs and allow for individualized meal planning when necessary.

If you have a food allergy/special diet concern, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Special Accommodations for Allergy-Friendly Meals

For those with severe and complex allergies, separately prepared meals are available.  Please contact our dietitians to best determine how BUDS can meet your dietary needs

My Zone

The My Zone area at C4 Dining Center offers a variety of items made without gluten and nuts. Items include cereal, bread, bagels, wraps, waffles, desserts, condiments, SunButter, and more each day. Additional items such as pizza, pancakes, French toast, and other entrée choices are available upon request. My Zone features a dedicated toaster, refrigerator and freezer.


BUDS provides training for dietitians, chefs, front-of-house staff, and anyone involved in campus food service operations called AllerTrain, a food-allergy and gluten-free training program. This ensures that employees are knowledgeable and confident working with diners who have food allergies, intolerances, or Celiac disease.

Mindful mindful-icon-35x32.png

Mindful is Sodexo's health & wellness approach that helps you make healthy choices second nature! We are committed to creating healthy environments for our customers. Central to this effort is providing healthy, nutritious foods. The result of this initiative is an approach that focuses on transparency of ingredients, delicious food, satisfying portions and clarity in message so that you can make Mindful choices!

Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each meal part is limited in calories, has fewer than 30% of calories as fat, fewer than 10 % of calories as saturated fat, and is restricted in sodium, and cholesterol. Look for the Mindful icon to indulge in the healthy and delicious items offered at each meal.

Wellness Meals

A Wellness Meal is a delicious, balanced meal that meets a specific nutrient AND food profile. Students will be able to choose a Wellness Meal in any Resident Dining Hall at breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, Monday through Friday, and at brunch and/or dinner on Saturday/Sunday. These menus can be found at the entrée line and will always include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy and lean protein. Choosing these meals, even occasionally, will add up to a healthier you!

Vegetarian-35x35.pngMenu items with the vegetarian icon contain no meat, fish or poultry, or any meat products such as soup base. Our vegetarian offerings meet the needs of lacto-ovo vegetarians and may include eggs and/or dairy products.

Vegan-35x35.pngVegan offerings contain no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey.