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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Oct 7, 2019
Survey 1 of 1
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
We have a certified gluten free dining hall that doesn't allow any outside food or drink in, and all the employees are trained
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?
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 have an accommodation to eat in our gluten free dining hall
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
A specific dining hall
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
They do a pretty good job, but occasionally things in the other dining halls are labeled gluten free without accounting for cross contamination
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Eating out with friends, and going to on campus events. I usually just don't go out, or get something safe like a soda
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
Yes, part of my disability accommodation was to live near the gluten free dining hall
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
Smith has a gluten free dining hall
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
Most popcorn is good, so are tortilla chips! There is an amazing gluten free restaurant on the UMass Amherst campus. Most places that delivered that were GF closed
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Don't be afraid to speak up on what you need. Don't eat pizza at any campus events, its not safely GF
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Bring your own, and don't trust any beer. Angry Orchard is good tho!
Any other advice or comments?
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