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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Apr 24, 2023
Survey 1 of 1
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
I've had zero problems. The dining staff is incredibly nice, and they WANT to get you healthy and tasty food.
There are grocery stores nearby. Fire and Ice caters to celiacs very well as well as American Flatbread. Other than that, it is tough for a celiac to eat off-campus in Middlebury.
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)
Very sensitive to cross contamination
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
Yes. I told them my situation and they connected me to dining services.
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
Maybe. I would contact ADA if questions, but I haven't heard of anyone getting an allergic reaction to anything here.
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
I would make a different salad bar for people with GF diets. Middlebury is very accommodating, and I wouldn't be surprised if they heard me out.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Hardest part is non-dining hall food sources. The Grille has very limited GF options, but they cater to those with intolerance. Celiacs should stay away from the Grille until they figure out the cross contamination. It is hard to do with spacial limitations.
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
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?
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?
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