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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
California College of the Arts
Aug 25, 2022
Survey 1 of 1
Celiac Disease, Other (describe below)
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
I’ve gotten sick a few times, and the ordering process is confusing for people with allergies sometimes. And one of the staff didn’t know what I meant by gluten free, the rest of the staff I’ve interacted with have all been great though. There’s multiple options and they usually have a gluten free special everyday but the repetition of meals makes it harder to eat.
There’s lots of different places to eat gluten free around the city. There’s even a gluten free bakery that has amazing pastries. The only issue is a lot of them are further away and some are not on doordash
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?
["Moderate: React sometimes"]
Add details to help us better understand your food restrictions (e.g. sensitivity level, potential reaction, need for EPI pen)
Details About this Student's College Dining Experience
Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected when you decided to attend?
Somewhat what I expected
Have you had a reation from eating in your dining hall?
If Yes, describe each incident and how your school responded
I’ve had a few reactions and mess-ups, and I would leave message/suggestion in the dining hall complaint/suggestions email, but I never really got any response
Did you register your food restriction with the disabilities office? If yes, describe
Yes, I didn’t do it the first year because I didn’t realize I needed to. But I have registered with the disability office this year. They were accommodating, but not as accommodating as I would’ve liked.
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
Yes, I have a direct line to one of the chefs and can talk to the staff about questions if needed
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
I’m not sure if my school would open to these suggestions or not. But I would definitely have better labeling options. When ordering I think it would be smart to have the ability to flag an allergy for gluten or vegan since those are the most common things. Also make sure the staff knows what gluten is.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
I just didn’t feel safe all the time, sometimes it was really confusing ordering food because I wasn’t sure if it was “actually” gluten free or not.
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
No it didn’t
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
Just ask a lot of questions and make sure to talk to disabilities office
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
There’s a required meal plan depending on the dorm you’re living in but if you have a reason you can get the balance reduced. You can also have it upgraded if needed
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
I used DoorDash a couple times last semester every one or two weeks. I would buy snacks from the student store which had many gluten free options
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Talk to disability office and get a tour of the dining facility with a chef
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
I don’t really party so I don’t know- but bring your own snacks maybe?
Any other advice or comments?
no I think that’s all
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