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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Dec 30, 2022
Survey 1 of 3
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
Not too many options.
One really good poké place and that's pretty much it.
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)
Extremely sensitive to gluten.
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
They have a True Balance station for all 8 allergens. However' 9/10 times I would get fairly sick or have negative reactions to consuming their food from that station. Even e
Did you register your food restriction with the disabilities office? If yes, describe
Yes. Accomodations for a gluten-fdee diet.
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
I still have yet to meet with the referred college nutritionist.
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
Have a small dining hall completely free of the nine allergens and especially away from gluten so no cross contamination
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Purchase food from local grocery stores.
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
My food restrictions did not impact housing decisions.
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
Cover all counters with paper towels to be safe from cross contamination
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
Unlimited and completely regret it.
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
Use community resources rooms and stack up on cheap snacks.
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Do NOT buy the unlimited plan and discuss things if needed with food director.
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
I don't party. Don't think I can.
Any other advice or comments?
I lost 21 pounds in one semester and really struggled to eat.
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