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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Jan 30, 2019
Survey 1 of 1
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
No many options other than the salad bar, grilled chicken and grilled vegetables
Hansel and Griddle, Kilmers market, Henrys dinner
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?
Moderate: React sometimes
Add details to help us better understand your food restrictions (e.g. sensitivity level, potential reaction, need for EPI pen)
Completed original celiac survey which did not ask about other food allergies
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
Did you register your food restriction with the disabilities office? If yes, describe
Yes for migraines
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
Partially, there is a nutritionist who gave a few suggestions
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
I would simply provide more accessiblilty to the gluten free foods. At Rutgers you must text the dinning halls chefs at least 3hrs in advance if you want the special gluten free foods( gf pasta,bread,wraps etc). I would attempt to make these more accessible because as a student I do not always know when I will get hungry or go for my meals.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Finding foods to eat without having the same meal every day
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
Because I struggle so greatly with the dining halls, I have decided to live off campus in an apartment worth a kitchen, so I can cook for myself.
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
I would recommend the grilled vegetables and chicken station. It’s yummy and healthy. Plus there is never really contamination in that section.
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
250 for the first semester , but I had over 100 left after the semester ended. For this semester I applied to get the lowest possible for freshman (210)
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
My favorite snacks are mixed nut packets or protein bars because they are easy and filling. I also have a bunch of apples which are nice
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Become familiar with the other resatuarants on your campus that accept meal swipes. For ex at Rutgers Kilmers market has a great tossed salad making station
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
It is not hard avoiding beer. Most kids bring there own drinks to parties anyways
Any other advice or comments?
For those coming to college, be prepared to eat the same meals as the dining halls are very respective esp for dietary restrictions. This was something I was not prepared for.
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