Dietary Options

Halal Foods

Our cafeteria provides halal foods at every meal and in the Richardson room. All Halal foods should be labeled as such. If you need help finding Halal foods, just ask for assistance from one of the dining staff!

Students who are seeking halal foods off-campus have a variety of good options. International Gourmet Pantry (1514 W Michigan Ave) is located just three blocks from campus and provides a variety of halal options. Many restaurants in Kalamazoo provide halal options for dine-in, take-out, and catering: Shawarma King, Cumin Indian, Middle Eastern Appetite, Rasa Ria, Saffron, Bab El Salam, Curry in a Hurry. When ordering, please note that some restaurants have a limited halal menu while others are completely halal.

Kosher Foods

Kalamazoo College does not have a kosher kitchen facility and there are limited kosher options in southwest Michigan. Kosher foods are available year-round in most of our local grocery stores including Meijer, Aldi, and Walmart. During Passover, most stores do extend their offerings and set out special displays. However, supplies tend to be limited and we encourage students to move quickly and not wait until the last moment to purchase need supplies.

During Passover, dining services provides a modified menu of “kosher for Passover” meals in the main cafeteria. Chaplain Candido works with our local Chabad House to provide snacks and treats in the Cavern that are kosher for Passover. Students are able to request Passover basics from the Chaplain and we often do a bulk order before the holiday begins. To learn more, reach out to either Chaplain Candido or to the student executive board of Hillel.

Each Friday of the quarter, challah is provided in the Cavern for students.

Other Considerations

Community is fostered around shared meals!
Many religious traditions have guidance about how and what to eat. Beyond that, many students arrive on campus with allergies or lifestyles that limit their ability to eat in large groups. A good interfaith practice is to plan a meal that centers around a vegan option and has vegetarian, gluten free, and other side options. (Think taco bar, lentil soup, curried cauliflower, etc.)