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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Apr 1, 2019
Survey 1 of 1
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
In the dining halls they have a few options for gluten free, though they our limited. There are two restaurants/take out places on campus that have gluten free options.
Trader Joe’s for food shopping. Sabrina’s cafe on university city campus has INCREDIBLE gf bread that they get from a bakery in center city..
Details About this Student's Food Restrictions
How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease?
Less than 1
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)
Completed original celiac survey which did not ask about other food allergies
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
Did you register your food restriction with the disabilities office? If yes, describe
No, I did not find out until this past year.
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
I would have an allergy friendly section in at least one of the dining halls. This may include other allergies as well.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
I find it easier to just make my own food than to have to worry about cross contamination in the dining halls.
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
I live off campus.
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
I would definitely let the school know you have an allergy. They will be more informative as to what your options are.
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
Only required to have a meal plan freshman year. I don’t have one now.
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
While there are limitled restaurants on campus that devliever, there are many gluten free options in the city that deliver! When it comes to sweet snacks, I’m a big fan of making my own cake in a mug! You can use gf oatmeal grounds as a replacement for flour.
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Whatever school you go to, make sure to discuss food options with your school.
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Don’t. Drink. Beer. Many of you know this already, but if you have already had a few drinks in you, you may accidentally drink it. If you’re going to go out, be safe and always have your own alcohol that you can trust at parties.
Any other advice or comments?
Always be safe, but having an allergy shouldn’t stop you from going to your dream school! If the college you want to go to is not very celiac friendly, discuss options with your school as to how they can better accommodate you
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