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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Oct 23, 2022
Survey 1 of 1
Peanut Allergy, Tree Nut Allergy
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
While the food is safe in the ‘MyZone’ allergy room, the quality of the food is subpar and frequently the same thing. It’s equivalent to what you’d feed a sick dog: rice and chicken most days
Newport is a great town, and since it’s a tourist location most restaurants are well equipped to deal with allergies. Jo’s Bistro in particular is great if pricey.
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 have a class four peanut allergy, and I am tactile to it. I will anaphylact if I consume peanuts. My treenut allergy is not as bad, and each nut varies with allergen severity. My worst is hazelnut. I carry multiple epipens as well as Benadryl everywhere I go. My throat will close, I’ll vomit, I’ll break out in hives- and this is just from the (luckily) only reaction I’ve ever personally had.
Details About this Student's College Dining Experience
Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected when you decided to attend?
Mostly not 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. It was an easy process, I just needed to fill out a form and have my doctor sign it.
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
We just changed to a new nutritionist a week or so ago, but our last nutritionist was a very poor advocate for everyone using the MyZone room (which is allergy friendly)
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
Considering the fact that so many people having peanut/treenut intolerances, I would ensure every main dining option had no chance of contamination with those protects. For the MyZone room, I would exclude the top 8 allergens from coming in contact with anything, instead of picking and choosing when students come and go what’s a contaminant. My school wouldn’t be open to this because our chefs are lazy and cannot even cook chicken properly. Often times the chickens raw or over cooked, or somehow both.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Salve in particular does not know how to handle feeding their students. It’s a rumor that they fired a ton of the chefs during Covid, but that’s just what I’ve heard. In general my concern doesn’t lie in my allergy right now- it’s the fact I am struggling to find edible food in my dining hall. It’s awful, and if I was given the chance to go off the meal plan to buy my own food I would.
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
It’s making me consider living off campus so I don’t have to deal with the meal plan. They don’t impact my housing decision otherwise.
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
Don’t go to Salve in general if you want to actually eat food. We have one main dining hall and it’s shit.
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
My freshmen year I had the unlimited plan, as all freshmen are required to be on that plan. This year (my sophomore year) if we live on campus we are required to have either and unlimited meal plan, or 14 meal a week plan. You cannot be on no meal plan if you live on campus.
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
Fast food will save your life. Stock up on any snack you feel safe eating.
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Stock up on safe foods, go to the store and pick up cold cuts, and buy pre-made meals you can toss in a microwave.
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Salve isn’t a big party school and I personally don’t go to parties; in general though don’t eat at peoples homes if you don’t know what’s in their kitchen.
Any other advice or comments?
Accidentally clicked the question about celiacs disease and couldn’t unclick it, so please ignore that question! Apologies <3
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