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Gillian Kelly

Meet our Registered Dietitian, Gillian Kelly:

Gillian is from Scranton, PA and a graduate of Syracuse University. She previously worked as a retail dietitian at a large New Jersey based grocery corporation, and has experience with community nutrition education and chronic disease management. Gillian has an "all foods fit" mentality about health and nutrition and believes food should be a point of enjoyment, not stress, in our lives. In her free time, Gillian enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and being with friends and family! 

Worry-Free Zone

An isolated, locked pantry, located in D-Hall, available to students who are medically required to avoid gluten, peanuts, and/or tree nuts. The pantry contains prepackaged goods our dietitian vets for gluten, peanut, and tree nut containing ingredients. To gain access to the pantry, reach out to our registered dietitian. Orientation is required before access is granted. Students with allergies beyond those listed above are welcome to contact us to determine if this space may be beneficial.  Contact dining@jmu.edu to set-up a training time.

Lifestyle Diets

At JMU Dining, we believe that good food is essential to a healthy lifestyle. That is why our menus are built with health in mind. Our daily offerings allow you to build a balanced meal around fruit, vegetables, lean meats, grains and low-fat dairy. Look for these icons around campus to help make eating healthy and easy choice.


Eat Well Plant Forward Vegetarian Vegan Whole Grain Local


Eat Well: Designates items with <500 calories (<10% coming from saturated fat), also containing <750 mg of sodium, and at least one whole-food component (whole grains, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, etc.)


Plant Forward: Designates a style of cooking and eating that emphasizes healthy plants at the center of the plate with a proportionally small quantity of animal protein.


Vegetarian: Designates items containing no meat, fish or poultry, but can include dairy, eggs or honey.


Vegan: Designates items containing no animal products of any kind, including dairy, eggs and honey.


Made with Whole Grains: Designates menu items that contain a leading whole grain item in the ingredient list.


Local: Sustainably purchased food and supplies within the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Individualized Dining Tour

Tours are led by JMU Dining's registered dietitian with the goal of ensuring students get the information needed to self-advocate and make informed decisions about what to eat, safely.  During the tour, the student will receive personalized information about menu offerings at different stations, will be introduced to campus culinarians and dining managers, and will learn how best to communicate with JMU Dining staff. Contact us to set-up a tour at dining@jmu.edu.

Chef-Prepared Meals

We understand our menu offerings are not suitable for every medically prescribed diet. If the student is not getting a variety of food from the above resources, the student can meet with JMU Dining's registered dietitian to set-up an assessment of needs and arrange a schedule for chef-prepared meals. JMU Dining's culinarians will prepare an individualized meal to meet the specifications of the medically prescribed diet. A meeting with the registered dietitian and culinary team is required for accommodation. Students are required to commit to a schedule and adhere to standards set for communication regarding their meals. Contact us to set-up a meeting for assessment at dining@jmu.edu.

FARE College Food Allergy Program

We are proud to participate in the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) College Food Allergy Program. Click here to view the FARE College Search to see accommodations offered at JMU provides to students with food allergies across multiple departments on campus.

True Balance

A station in both D-Hall and E-Hall that serves a complete meal made without gluten and the top nine food allergies at lunch and dinnertime. These areas have designated prep spaces and equipment, are never self-serve, and have specially trained, designated associates working to help minimize cross-contact potential. While it is a favorite station among our students, it is a great go-to for those with food allergies or other dietary restrictions involving gluten or the top nine allergens.

AllerCheck | Food Allergy Area ApprovedHave food allergies? Our commitment is to allergen-safe service. Our dedicated allergy station is AllerCheck™ approved and earned a Certificate of Achievement from the nation’s leading food allergy experts, MenuTrinfo®, LLC. AllerCheck™ helps you dine with confidence so you can find foods that fit your needs.


General Sick Policy

This policy is for students who are ill and don't feel well enough to leave their room.

  • Please email Debbie Bahr at our dining@jmu.edu email and let us know who you authorize to use your JACard
  • The authorized person can pick up food in any of our locations, including a to-go box in residential and drop the food off to the ill student
  • This policy applies not only to students with COVID, but any who are ill and have meal plans