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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Appalachian State University
Feb 3, 2023
Survey 1 of 1
Celiac Disease, Shellfish Allergy
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
Food is ‘cafeteria food” so not so tasty
Lots of local places that have gluten free options
Details About this Student's Food Restrictions
How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease?
If you indicated celiac or gluten intolerance, how sensitive are you to gluten?
Very: React to small amounts
Add details to help us better understand your food restrictions (e.g. sensitivity level, potential reaction, need for EPI pen)
No epi pen, but intestinal and chest pains
Details About this Student's College Dining Experience
Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected when you decided to attend?
Mostly what I expected
Have you had a reation from eating in your dining hall?
If Yes, describe each incident and how your school responded
Did you register your food restriction with the disabilities office? If yes, describe
No , but had meeting with chef
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
Yes, very willing to meet to discuss, they also have grab and go items
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
Time frame for food to be completed, I’m not sure
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Again time to prepare safely
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
No as long as they had options and a kitchen in our dorm I knew id be prepared
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
Be ok with speaking up, asking for safe options to those who ARE there to help
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
First year mandatory. After that apartment style with kitchens have own pans or talk with disabilities to
have things put in place for you.. micro fridge etc. accessible to safe areas
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
Door dash , Chick-fil-A on campus, local places with gf options such as pizza, wings etc..
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Meet with the chef tour the kitchens and dining options, visit local places to eat, use findmeglutenfree.com
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Be up front and honest , bring along your own or work out a place good for all
Any other advice or comments?
Don’t let Celiac or intolerance make your decision, also there are A LOT of others in your shoes and you could even end up rooming with a friend that shares your struggles:)
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