A true sense of community abounds in the dining hall as it contributes to the quality of life across the campus, fostering relationships over shared meals. The food service program is designed to provide high quality, nutritional meals that appeal to the varying tastes of the whole program population. With our many years of experience at the Tilton School, we have this skill well refined!!
Dining at TSSI during the summer is a treat. The Dining Hall offers vegetarian options for every meal, and its staff are ready to accommodate any allergies, medical restrictions, and cultural or religious restrictions. Our Director of Dining Services is also readily available to discuss any specific dietary needs students might have. Students will notify us of any allergies and food restrictions in their enrollment forms.
All TSSI all meals are served in Knowles Dining Hall. The Dining Hall is open for three meals a day Sunday through Saturday. Food is provided by SAGE Dining Services
. Students have unlimited access to dining hall food during its open hours.
Dining Hall options are all encompassing and include a self-serve hot food section, fruit and salad bar, sandwich bar and soup station, in addition to several drink and dessert options. The Dining Hall staff easily accommodates all food allergies and dietary restrictions.
At several times during the program session, the community participates in a family-style formal dinner. This is a cherished tradition! For these occasions, Day students are encouraged to stay through the dinner hours and the after meal games and activities. Students are assigned to tables on a rotating basis throughout the program, providing them an opportunity to meet new community members.
With the help of our Sustainable Planet--Discovery Track students and SAGE Dining Services, we will coordinate “Educational Seasonings” throughout the program, which highlight menus that place food in cultural and historical contexts. The program provides students opportunities to learn about ingredients, cuisines and cooking methods under the belief that learning isn’t confined to the classroom and students should explore and taste food and flavors from around the world.
Students also have access to Rusty’s Den, a snack bar located in the Student Center/MARC, which is open during free times in the afternoons. Popular items include breakfast sandwiches, coffee selections and ice cream treats! Students can pay with cash or charge their TSSI Account Card.
When SAGE was founded in 1990, food allergies weren’t a widespread concern. Now they are, especially the most common and severe—peanut allergies. In 1997, the first year a survey on the topic was conducted in the U.S., only 0.4% of U.S. children had a known peanut allergy. By 2017, that number rose 7-fold. Today, 2.7% of children SAGE serves have a known peanut allergy. And as we know, peanut allergies are the ones most likely to cause anaphylaxis, a reaction that can be fatal without immediate treatment.
SAGE takes food allergies very seriously. We don’t use products containing peanuts and tree nuts in any schools we serve. We also avoid products made on equipment that processes peanuts and tree nuts unless the manufacturer provides evidence of safety practices that control for the risk of cross-contact. Historically, we’ve made an exception for peanut butter, but we no longer think this is appropriate. To protect our students and schools, as of the new service year, SAGE will no longer serve nuts and nut products in any of our venues, including peanut butter, which we’ll replace with sunflower seed-based SunButter®, or soy-based WOWBUTTER®. Both have a similar taste and texture to peanut butter and comparable nutritional value, with little risk. That’s the case in the dining hall, in classrooms, and with any catering events. In addition, we’ll continue to refrain from purchasing any products with a warning label for being manufactured in a facility where there may be cross-contact with peanuts or tree nuts.
We take pride in the strength of our food allergy management program, and in the experience and knowledge of our team of Registered Dietitians, who provide expertise on food allergy trends, accommodations, and ADA compliance. This critical change, which reduces the possibility of fatal allergic reactions in our communities, is a necessary, potentially lifesaving response to a changing student demographic.
It is the goal of TSSI to educate our students to this world-wide understanding and seek to protect any program attendees from accidental exposure to anything they are allergic to. Our Health History Questionaire gives you the opportunity to fully inform our medical and counseling staff to any concerns you have for your student.