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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

Iowa State University



Survey Date:

Feb 25, 2019

Survey 1 of 2


Recent Graduate


Celiac Disease

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

One dining hall with special diet kitchen others have limited options. Very safe, trained staff. Dietitian helps. Some options in Cstores.

The Cafe, the Spice, Hy-Vee take and bake pizza, Cafe Diem

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)

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?

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. Required for access to special diet kitchen

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

Yes, trained chefs, dietitian and culinary manager

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

More options/larger menu rotation/dessert options

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

Could only really eat at the UDCC, only doing hall with special diet kitchen.

Advice for Incoming Students:


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

Picked dorm based on closeness to dining hall with the special diet kitchen.

Dining Halls:

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

UDCC. There are lots of GF snacks in the Cstores. Set up meeting with dietitian.

Meal Plans:

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

Had a special diet kitchen. Had meal plan for two years, same as any other student options, but only food options from special diet kitchen (1-2 food options). General stufent would have access to 5 different buffet/quick service food zones. Paid same.


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

Lots of local restaurant with GF menu. Close to Hy-Ve- can meet with dietitian and get your of gluten free foods.

Getting Started:

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

Talk with your roommate about dedicated toaster or other shared appliances/utensils.


Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?

Be safe. Don't be stupid. Margaritas, tequila sunrise and Pina coladas :)


Any other advice or comments?

Iowa State is GF safe, has club "the special diet alliance" to help new and old Celiacs, gluten intolerant and others.

Meal Plans:

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