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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans


Survey Date:

Jan 29, 2024

Survey 1 of 1




Celiac Disease, Shellfish Allergy, Other

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

They mark areas gluten-free or have menu items marked gluten free but clearly has cross-contamination and I have seen people using the "dietary station" for regular bread and items, in toasters that are supposed to be safe. Even the area that is supposed to be strictly allergy friendly food I am nervous to eat at because I am certain there is cross contamination in the kitchen.

I know there are some good options here, I currently do not have access to a car, and am struggling a bit financially so I have not been able to venture to investigate them.

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)

Along with Celiac I also have allergies to many fruits (pineapple, pear, apples, peaches, plums, cherries, coconut, kiwi, mango, figs, dates, apricots), vegetables (carrots, celery, onions,), some tree nuts (almonds, brazil nuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, pecans, walnuts) & oats. I typically have an epi pen with me for these other allergies. The severity ranges from mild to moderate.

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

I did not report to the school, I'm pretty sure they would do nothing.

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

No, I didn't realize we could include dietary restrictions to the office of accessible education, but now that I do, I will.

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 a seperate kitchen for strictly allergy and dietary restricted foods. It all shares one kitchen currently. I would also label better, things that are labeled gf, are frequently cross contaminated and there needs to be a clear difference in labeling. I also have a friend who is severely allergic to peanuts and ate a cookie labeled sugar cookie, but was a peanut butter cookie.

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

I have a lot of anxiety about eating on campus, I have pretty much avoided it this year cause I was able to cook in a kitchen. It's difficult to be able to stay and get work done on campus or things between classes because there are really no options for me to eat. I will go a whole day without eating sometimes because I have to be on campus all day and there is nothing substantial for me. When trying to find something on campus to eat, I find the places I find something to eat, like Subway salads, that the staff get angry when I ask them to change gloves or utensils for me. I have just stopped eating anywhere because of the anxiety it produces in me. It does suck to not be able to eat with my peers.

Advice for Incoming Students:


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

They didn't last year, but that was a mistake. You should request to live at Cabra, Founders, or Francis Family Hall. They are upper classman dorms, but you have much easier access to kitchens and to be in your own space for food which will be necessary.

Dining Halls:

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

Avoid unless improved.

Meal Plans:

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

I have meal plans, but I wish I could get rid of them. You have to have some sort of plan, but I would suggest looking into asking the school not to charge you, especially since the options are so limited. Wolf Bucks can be used at the market though.


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

G's Pizza, and Magazine Pizza are places I order from that have great gf crusts and are cautious.

Getting Started:

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

Find foods that are easy to make in your dorm that will fill nutritional values. Buy things like blenders to make things like shakes or smoothies.


Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?

I frequently help pick out places to eat, most my friends are very cognisant of my needs and make sure I can eat somewhere. If not able to pick a place you're sure you can eat at, maybe eat ahead and order something small like a salad.


Any other advice or comments?

Meal Plans:

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