Dining Services

St. Lawrence Commons Special Services

Special Dietary Needs

Our Executive Chef is well educated regarding many dietary needs. Menus are rotated on a four-week cycle to provide the best selection and avoid too much repetition. We encourage all students to let us know if there are any special needs they might have. We always have an Open-Door policy. We strive for all students to have a good selection of food when dining here at Christendom College. As with everything, we stress “Everything in Moderation.”

To see and download the Student Medical Dietary Requirement Form, please click here.

Items available in the Dining Hall:

  • Soy milk
  • Rice milk
  • Almond milk
  • Vitamin D milk
  • 2% milk
  • Gluten-free breads, pastas, and cereals
  • Low-fat and homemade salad dressings
  • We only use canola oil for frying
  • Olive oil
  • Real butter
  • All canned fruits are packed in water or 100% juice
  • All tuna is packed in water
  • We do not add MSG to any recipe, although some pre-made products may contain MSG
  • None of our soup bases contain MSG
  • Homemade soups
  • We do not use powdered eggs; only fresh shell eggs and liquid eggs, and egg whites
  • All religious holidays will be adhered to
  • Fridays will be “no meat” days
  • Whole fresh fruit with every meal
  • Fresh baked goods
  • Wide variety of cereals


Julie Diaz Shelhamer MS, RD, CDE is our new registered dietitian at Christendom College. She received her Master of Science in Dietetics from James Madison University in 2002. Julie currently works as a Clinical Dietitian for Warren Memorial Hospital and Lynn Care Center in Front Royal, Va., providing proper nutritional therapy for patients and educating their families, staff, and community groups.

Along with Julie’s current position with Warren Memorial Hospital, she has worked with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Shenandoah Valley Head Start, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Health Department, Central Virginia Training Center, Western State Hospital, and Augusta Medical Center. She is certified in Adult Weight Management, certified instructor for American Red Cross First Aid and CPR, as well as being a certified through the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers.

If you have any questions about your nutritional health, please feel free to contact Julie at jshelham@valleyhealthlink.com for a private consultation.

To see and download the Student Medical Dietary Requirement Form, please click here. Please return this form to the Chef’s office prior to the beginning of the semester.

For students who have questions about foods and their nutritional value or other dietary concerns, the following web sites might be helpful:

Christendom College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.