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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Sacred Heart University
Aug 23, 2022
Survey 1 of 1
Recent College Graduate
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
I was diagnosed after I moved off campus but still felt that I had plenty of options in my dining halls. A manager would come speak to me and prepare my food separately in the back. Many items were labeled as well
There were a few great places but they were all about 20 min away so it’s difficult unless you have a car
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?
Not Very: Usually do not know if exposed
Add details to help us better understand your food restrictions (e.g. sensitivity level, potential reaction, need for EPI pen)
I am non-symptomatic but cannot eat gluten
Details About this Student's College Dining Experience
Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected when you decided to attend?
Totally yes, was 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 was also given the name of the manager of every dining hall and was able to speak to all of them about my needs
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
Yes the chefs are very knowledgeable from my experience
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
I felt my school was very good about allergies. They had a separate fridge for allergy friendly foods as well such as different milk opens
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
I was diagnosed with celiac halfway through college so learning how to handle the new diet plus figuring out the dining halls was challenging at first
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
I was diagnosed after I moved off campus
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
Speak to the cooks/managers. They are there to help you. All of them were specially trained about celiac from what I saw
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
We had meal swipes and dining dollars. The amount you received/paid for depended on your year
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
HUGE fan of chipotle. Always bring a small snack in your bag when visiting a friends dorm so you have something to eat
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Speak to the dining hall managers
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Don’t be reckless and drink/eat whatever. Always bring a snack with you that you know is safe
Any other advice or comments?
I felt my school was very good about accommodating for celiac
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