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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

Millersville University

Millersville

Pennsylvania

Survey Date:

Nov 8, 2023

Survey 1 of 1

Student:

Freshman

With:

Celiac Disease

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:

B-

Surrounding Area:

B+

Rationale for Grades Given

They have options but not a wide variety and the options become repetitive. The best place to get gluten free food is in the main dining hall. However there is always a risk for cross contamination due to it being self serve. The retail locations across campus have limited options and they don't always have the options available consistently.

They have gluten free options at local restaurants but unfortunately not many restaurants in town therefore options tend to vary.
In Town: Sugar Bowl: GF Pizza and GF Wraps
Outside of Town: Chipotle, Mod Pizza, Chick Fil A

Details About this Student's Food Restrictions

How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease?

3-5

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)

I get glutened very easily with the smallest amount of cross contact. When glutened I suffer from migraines, stomach aches, diarrhea, fatigue, brain fog, and muscle aches.

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?

NO

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 am registered with the disabilities office to receive a single dorm room.

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

The campus offers a dietitian, executive chef, and director of dining who are made available to all students.

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

If I were in-charge of dining I would make more options available and keep the gluten free food away from the gluten containing foods to decrease the risk of cross contamination.

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

The biggest challenge has been trying to find gluten free at a location when the normal options aren't offered. I typically deal with this by talking to the dining staff.

Advice for Incoming Students:

Housing:

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

Yes, I chose to have a single dorm room to help reduce the risk of crumbs that could lead to potential cross contamination. I would recommend applying for a single through the disabilities office.

Dining Halls:

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

Each dining hall is different so it depends on what you are specifically looking for.
Upper Deck: All you can eat buffet style main dining hall. The have a make your own stir fry bar there which is allergen friendly. Usually a wide variety of gluten free options. Only concern is there is a risk for cross contamination due to being buffet style.
Anchor: Gluten Free breakfast bowl, Gluten Free muffins, Gluten Free desserts, Fries, burgers (without roll) and Gluten Free Pizza.
The Cove: Burgers (With a gluten free roll), gluten free pizza, and gluten free muffins.
The Galley: Fries, prepackaged snacks, and cheese cubes
Evergreen: cafe style drinks (no food their is gluten free)
Starbucks: gluten free desserts and pastries

Meal Plans:

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

All freshman are required to have the 19 Meal Swipes a week + $100 flex per semester.

Dorms:

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

I would keep your fridge and freezer stocked with easy meals and snacks for when the dining halls are lacking. Keep some of your favorite snacks with you. Also keep some bland food incase you are to come in contact with gluten. Doordash has tons of options in the area.

Getting Started:

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

Before you arrive I would recommend meeting with the director of dining and the executive chef. They will give you a tour of the dining hall and explain all your options.

Socializing:

Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?

Most of my friends are understanding and have me pick where we go when we go out. My advice would be to surround yourself with friends that understand. I would also keep a snack with you at all times in your bag.

Other:

Any other advice or comments?

Have fun and don't let your dietary restriction impact your social life at college :)

Meal Plans:

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