New signage posted at the information desks in the Perkins Student Center and Trabant University Center enable guests with dietary needs to find snacks they can enjoy.

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USC information desks offer snacks for guests with dietary needs

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12:55 p.m., Feb. 5, 2014--New signage posted at the information desks in the University of Delaware’s Perkins Student Center and Trabant University Center enable guests with dietary needs to find snacks they can enjoy. 

All snacks certified by their manufacturers to be gluten-free, kosher, vegan or nut-free are now denoted on signs posted at each desk. 

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Though the signs will be updated annually, patrons are encouraged to check the websites provided and/or individual packaging with any questions.

“The USC has long offered a wide variety of snacks and convenience items for purchase,” said Gil Johnson, University Student Centers associate director for event services. “As more manufacturers commit to making products that are safe for those with dietary needs, we too are able to better inform and better serve our guests.”

Available items at both desks include:

Gluten-free: Most items made by Tootsie Roll Industries such as Dots, Blow Pops, Junior Mints, Sugar Babies/Daddies and Tootsie Rolls/Pops are gluten-free. The Hershey Company also certifies many of its most popular items as gluten-free: Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and York Peppermint Patties.

Kosher: Offerings include most Hershey Company products as well as Dove Chocolate products, Keebler’s crackers, Planters Nuts and Chocolate and Salted Peanuts, Clif bars, NutriGrain bars, Famous Amos cookies, and Nature Valley Oats’n’Honey granola bars.

Vegan: Clif Bars and Smarties.

Nut-free: Goetze, maker of the Caramel Cream and Cow Tale, operates a dedicated nut-free facility, as does Dove Chocolate for its Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate and Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate. All Tootsie Roll Industries products are also nut product-free.

In addition to snacks, the information desks also sell a large collection of convenience items for students and guests on the go, including pens, blue books, toiletries, newspapers and more. 

Suggestions for new information desk items can be submitted via email to student-centers@udel.edu

For any questions regarding the nutritional information above, see the websites provided.

Article and photo by Casey Impagliazzo

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