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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Nov 27, 2022
Survey 1 of 1
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
BC allows students to preorder meals, and I’ve never had an issue with it
There are a lot of places near BC that are safe (Crazy Dough’s Pizza, El Pelon Taqueria) that are popular. But Playa Bowls has caused me to react.
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?
["Extremely: React to even small traces"]
Add details to help us better understand your food restrictions (e.g. sensitivity level, potential reaction, need for EPI pen)
I have Celiac disease, and I get digestive symptoms as well as brain fog when I am exposed to gluten or oats.
Details About this Student's College Dining Experience
Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected when you decided to attend?
Totally yes, was 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
Yes, I have accommodations for safe food at the dining hall and excused absences for when I have a reaction.
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
Yes, we have a nutritionist on campus.
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
My school has an online menu that labels allergens, but not all of this food is actually available. I would make this more accurate. I think my school would be open to that.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Feeling different from my peers. I have luckily surrounded myself with welcoming people.
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
Yes, I got a full kitchen because of my autoimmune disease. Would recommend! Very helpful.
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
I set up a meeting with the nutritionist beforehand and have a set menu. This helps me stay safe at any dining hall.
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
For my freshman year, I ate every meal at the dining hall. This year, I eat lunch and dinner there, and make breakfast in my room (I have a full kitchen in my room).
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
I like to make chia pudding. It’s filling and easy to make!
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Definitely do a lot of research and ask questions before arriving.
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Bring your own supplies.
Any other advice or comments?
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