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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Oct 16, 2022
Survey 1 of 1
Celiac Disease, Wheat Allergy
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
There are a bunch of options, I am just a picky eater and don’t want Cajun chicken every other night
Bunch of surrounding places have gf options. Little pizza heaven and calorussos have gf pizza and pasta. Red Robbin gf buns and dedicated fryer, Henry on clays has gf bun and a bunch more
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)
Celiac disease with allergy to wheat, break out into hives
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
I did, I’m able to change my meal plan anytime and not have one if that is what I wanted
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
There was one but they quit, they are still finding a replacement
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
I would separate the vegan and gluten free sections because they are not the same thing. I would also add gluten wraps into the sandwich station as an option and more prepackaged salads without croutons. They added wraps last year and they recently added gluten free pizza as well.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Not like any of the options at the dining hall that night I go back to my dorm and eat a microwave meal that I purchase at store. Annie’s Mac cheese is yummy or gluten free chicken nuggets.
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
I don’t think so. I am able to have a toast oven and air fryer because of the celiac since there’s a kitchen in my dorm which I can’t use due to cross contamination.
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
Starbucks has gluten free bagels and a separate toaster. Naz has typical hot foods, 2 protein choices, 2 starch choices, and 2 vegetable choices
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
I have a 15 meal per week plan and I don’t even use that many meals per week
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
Amy’s frozen Mac and cheese, applegate frozen chicken nuggets, any frozen meal that can be made in the microwave. Make pancakes and soups at home, freeze them and bring them back to microwave
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Bring more food then they think into the dorm, whatever they don’t eat a roommate will probably eat or can donate it to a food bank. Make an appoint with the new head of dining when there is one to discuss options.
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Know what drinks have gluten and don’t before getting there.
Any other advice or comments?
Finding gf food isn’t difficult, the quality of the food here is just different then a home cooked meal like I’m used to.
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