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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Seattle Central College
Oct 6, 2019
Survey 1 of 1
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
No real food options on campus
There are a lot but they are expensive. Nearby is capital cider, and there are a few smaller places to eat but again it's more of a sit down restaurant and it's more expensive
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)
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?
Not at all 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
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
I would have affordable certified celiac safe options and also have a few hot meal options AFTER training staff, maybe having a seperate fryer and a small dedicated food prep area. I dont think they would be open to these options at all.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Literally no food on campus
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
I dont live in a dorm. It did impact my housing decision in that it made choosing a roommate a little harder- needed to make sure she does not bake and understands seperate dishes, utensils, and that we cannot share food.
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
Always bring snacks, be prepared to just not eat with everyone
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
It's a community college and there is a cafe that serves coffee & breakfast, and an atrium with a cafeteria style food area. There are basically NO gluten free options aside from drinks. The vending machines have one or two options, popcorn, chips and fruit snacks. That's it. If I am hungry there arent very many options nearby either unless I have time for a sit down meal or go further from campus. I usually always bring food but that's tough when I have 2 hour classes back to back or have a class right after work.
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Wipe everything down. Wash hands often. Plan food.
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
BYOB for parties, Google which brands of alcohol you can have and try to memorize it.
Any other advice or comments?
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