Veronica-small.jpgVeronica Hayes 

Did you know that Mason Dining has a full-time Registered Dietitian on staff? 

Veronica Hayes, RD is here to educate and assist the George Mason student body about all the great ways and reasons to fuel your mind, body and spirit with food! Veronica earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from East Carolina University where she also completed her dietetic internship. She is ServSafe Certified and works with the Sodexo staff to provide safe and delicious food for students, faculty and staff with allergies, Her services include: 

  • Free nutrition counseling 
  • Food allergy management on campus 
  • Dining hall tours 
  • Balanced meal suggestions in the dining hall 
  • Sampling events 
  • Health and wellness programming 
  • Food allergy presentations 

Please contact her at for additional information and to schedule appointments. 

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A team approach led by you, our educated consumer, is the best preparation for a safe school year free of allergic reactions. Please communicate your allergies to the staff in the dining facilities or send us a note using the feedback form. 

If you are new to George Mason or an incoming freshman, we strongly encourage you to make an appoint with the dietitian, Veronica Hayes

We provide ingredient statements and notate the top 8 allergens on menus and signage. The top 8 allergens include: Milk, Eggs, Fish, Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, and Soybeans. 

All Mason Dining staff received training on handling food allergies and taking precautions to reduce the risk of cross contact. All managers, chefs, and supervisors are Allertrain certified. 

We currently have an allergen-free station at both Southside and Ike's dining halls. This station offers hot entrees and side dishes for guests with food allergies and other dietary intolerances. 

A pantry, located in both Ike's and Southside dining halls, includes gluten free and nut free staples, in addition to milk alternatives. 

Menu 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.               Vegetarian

Vegetarian options are available at all dining locations!

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

Looking for dedicated vegan food? Check out our vegan station at Southside Dining Hall!

Our commitment to vegan dining has earned us an A+ ranking by PETA. See the vegan report card for yourself here.

Meet the dietitian! Veronica has a philosophy that all food is meant to be fuel for the mind, body and spirit! Schedule an appointment today and learn how to balance your plate with nutritious and equally delicious meals. Whether you eat at the dining hall, on the fly or a home cooked meal, know that optimal nutrition is possible!
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