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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

Edgewood College



Survey Date:

Jul 2, 2022

Survey 1 of 1


Recent College Graduate


Peanut Allergy, Soy Allergy, Tree Nut Allergy

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

We had a dedicated nut and peanut free cafeteria. In the other cafe, allergens were clearly noted or I could always ask.

Lots of Asian food which I generally stay away from

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?

Add details to help us better understand your food restrictions (e.g. sensitivity level, potential reaction, need for EPI pen)

Peanut- anaphylaxis, avoid tree nuts due to cross contamination but no formal diagnosis, soy intolerance with digestive issues and throat lump when eaten aside from soybean oil

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


Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe

Head of dining services was great to work with

If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?

Although I feel my own allergy was well covered, I’d imagine that others with different allergies had different experiences.

Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it

Access to food labels

Advice for Incoming Students:


Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions?  Any dorm recommendations

No, although I did live off campus my last two years and would say my ability to select foods I know are safe was better

Dining Halls:

Any advice for managing dining halls?  Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?

Don’t eat the sushi!

Meal Plans:

Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions? 

Meal plan required first two years, had meal dollars to use a la crate about $1500/semester


Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? 

Lots of allergy friendly places in Madison

Getting Started:

What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?

Meet with the director of dining services and talk with them about your allergy. Ask how they can prevent cross contamination and what their procedures are.


Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?

Do not share drinks, always carry your epi pen even when it isn’t convenient


Any other advice or comments?

This is a great research idea!

Meal Plans:

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