Meals and Dietary Requirements

Read below for information on special foods already available through campus dining and contact information of staff who are happy to discuss your particular needs.  If you are looking for off-campus options, consider local grocery stores or a great service that will create special meals and deliver them to you.

On-Campus Dining Options

Below is information that may be useful for students who dine on campus and have special requirements.

Campus Dining Special Food Options

  • Kosher meals are served at the Center for Jewish Life under the supervision of Orthodox Union and can be ordered in any residential dining hall with 24 hours’ notice by speaking with a Campus Dining manager or chef.
  • Halal meats are available in residential dining halls upon request at the grill and are a part of our menu cycle rotation.
  • Gluten-free breads, muffins, pasta, and dessert options are available upon request.
  • Dairy-free milks such as soy and rice milk are available throughout the dining halls.
  • If you would like a food item you see on the buffet line and have concerns about cross-contamination, please ask a dining associate for an individual serving from a supply that has not been put on the food line yet.
  • For more information on nutrition, food allergies, and for daily menus, visit the Campus Dining website.

Lunch to Go Program

Campus Dining provides the option of a bag lunch to undergraduate students with meal plans when eating in either a residential dining hall or at Late Lunch at the Food Gallery at Frist Campus Center is not convenient.

  • Available Monday to Friday during the academic year (except during recess periods, reading periods, or exams)
  • Submit orders online no later than 5:00 a.m. of the day for which the lunch is requested.
  • Lunches are available for pick up at the Residential Dining Halls (7:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.), or the Frist Food Gallery/Chemistry café/EQuad Café (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
  • On the days a bag lunch is requested, students will be charged a lunch meal if they use their meal plan for lunch in either a residential college or Late Lunch at the Food Gallery at Frist Campus Center. 

Campus Retail Dining Options

For a full list of retail dining options around campus with information regarding hours and forms of payment accepted, please visit the Retail Dining webpage.

Groceries and Meal Delivery Options

The following resources may be helpful for students who choose to cook for themselves, or prefer a specialized meal delivery option.

Princeton Summer Farmers’ Market

Located in Hinds Plaza (outside the Princeton Public Library), the Princeton Summer Farmers’ Market is open 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Thursday, from Mid-May to Mid-November.

Whole Earth Center

Located at 360 Nassau Street, the Whole Earth Center specializes in locally sourced, organic produce. It is a 20-minute walk from campus, or you can take the Princeton Free B on the weekdays from Palmer Square or the Dinky Station. For more information, please visit the Transportation page of this guide.  Open Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Located in the Princeton Shopping Center (301 N Harrison Street), McCaffrey’s is an upscale supermarket with all the products that you would expect at a regular supermarket. It specializes in Organic, GMO- and Gluten-Free foods. It is a 30-minute walk from campus, or you can take the Princeton Free B on the weekdays from Palmer Square or the Dinky Station. For more information, please visit the Transportation page of this guide. Open 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.

Whole Foods

Located on Route 1, Whole Foods specializes in natural and organic grocery items, housewares, and other products. It is a 10-minute car ride from campus. You can also take the 605 public bus from the intersection between Witherspoon Street and Paul Robeson Pl, or the Saturday/Sunday shopper for free from the Dinky Station. For more information, please visit the Transportation page of this guide. Open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.

ShopRite from Home

A program offered by ShopRite that allows you to do your grocery shopping online and get it delivered to campus. The closest ShopRite that participates in this program is located in Lawrenceville. Note that Wegmans currently does not deliver to Princeton University. Shoprite also has an extensive kosher foods section including prepared meals.

Chef Express

The Jersey Girl Café offers a personal chef service called Chef Express that delivers specialized meals directly to you. Orders (1 to 5 meals) need to be placed through the online ordering system no later than Wednesday each week for Friday pickup. The base price is $14.95 per meal for one week. Chef Express offers dairy free, gluten free, nut free options. Chef Express will also work with customers to meet other special dietary restrictions.

Dietary Requirements

Students can speak with the Director of Student Life of their Residential Colleges if they have any special dietary concerns. For dining requests or accommodations due to a disability or medical condition, please contact the Office of Disability Services.

If you would like to speak with a University registered dietitian, schedule an appointment with:

  • Melissa Mirota, RD
    • Campus Wellness Dietitian
    • 609-258-8907
  • Sue Pierson, RD
    • Director of Residential Dining
    • 609-258-6678
  • A clinical dietitian, Alexa McDonald MS, RDN, CSSD, is available at UHS for individual counseling.  As the only clinical dietitian on campus, referrals are made through a UHS medical clinician.  To access a referral, please schedule a visit with a medical services clinician on-line, by phone (609-258-3141) or in person at UHS.