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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

Elizabethtown College



Survey Date:

Feb 26, 2024

Survey 1 of 3


Recent Grad


Milk Allergy, Peanut Allergy, Tree Nut Allergy, Wheat Allergy, Other

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

minimal options for multiple food restrictions, ie. if it was gluten free it wasn't dairy free or nut free

as above.

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)

Carry an epipen for all food allergies

Details About this Student's College Dining Experience

Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected when you decided to attend?

Mostly not 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

I tried but since I didn't have a previous 504 they said they couldn't do much for me, just give me a tour of the facilities and handouts on their protocols

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

not really since I didn't have a 504 and I had multiple restrictions

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

More options, avoid having nuts in our "bars" and placed in a separate section to avoid CC. More accurate labeling

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

finding more than one choice, the college student workers following my requests, received based cheese rather than my requested dairy-free cheese on multiple occasions

Advice for Incoming Students:


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

yes, with the help of my doctor I ended up breaking my housing contract so I could live off campus and prepare my own food.

Dining Halls:

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

Meal Plans:

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

meal plan always required


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

Getting Started:

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

reach out to disability services early


Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?


Any other advice or comments?

downtown Lancaster and Hershey have become increasing accommodating over the last few years which made going out easier.

Meal Plans:

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