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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Feb 27, 2020
Survey 1 of 2
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
Little to no options, i usually end up eating from a vending machine. There are also no microwaves available so bringing food from home is also difficult.
Restaraunts in the area are great and have options. Chipotle is close and will deliver to the school, however the delivery people often get confused with finding the buildings so it takes time away from studying (sometimes over an hour on multiple occasions) to try and figure out where the delivery person is to be able to direct them to you.
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?
Very: React to small amounts
Add details to help us better understand your food restrictions (e.g. sensitivity level, potential reaction, need for EPI pen)
Brain fog, poor balance, joint pains, headaches, skin rashes, nausea, stomachaches. A very tiny amount of gluten can cause an unpredictable combination of these reactions for a few days to a few weeks
Details About this Student's College Dining Experience
Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected when you decided to attend?
Mostly 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
No, unaware if this is even an option here
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?
More options, considering the keto diet crazes out there, I am surprised there aren’t more carb-free options.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
The fact that I simply don’t eat while on campus, or I will order food from nearby restaraunts, which gets expensive and wastes time with either delivery, or picking up the food
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
It would be absolutely impossible to dorm here.
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?
I refuse to eat anything other than packaged foods while on campus. The few times i have attempted to eat freshly prepared foods, i didn’t go through with it after seeing how food was handled by staff
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Any other advice or comments?
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