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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

Iowa State University



Survey Date:

Apr 27, 2023

Survey 1 of 3




Celiac Disease

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

There’s a special diet kitchen where there are no traces of gluten or gluten allowed in there. The lack of options beyond that is non existent.

For iowa there is lots of choices but not as good as other states

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)

High sensitivity level, extreme gi symptoms when exposed, no epi pen, but extreme exposures require er intervention

Details About this Student's College Dining Experience

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

Not at all what I expected

Have you had a reation from eating in your dining hall?


If Yes, describe each incident and how your school responded

They provided compensation for medical bills and retrained employees

Did you register your food restriction with the disabilities office? If yes, describe

Yes, because it was required for access to the special diet kitchen

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

Yes, 3 dietitians on staff to meet with students

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

Create more naturally gf options, don’t put croutons on salad right away leave them sealed and if people want them they can put them on their own for example

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

How expensive it is

Advice for Incoming Students:


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


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? 


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?


Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?


Any other advice or comments?

Meal Plans:

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