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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Jan 7, 2020
Survey 1 of 1
Recent College Graduate
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
Labels were not made available at all dining halls. Arrangements in advance were required from some easily accessible dining halls. One dining hall, furthest from main campus had gf options readily available
PF changs, Chipotle and pizza easily accessible off campus
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?
Moderate: React sometimes
Add details to help us better understand your food restrictions (e.g. sensitivity level, potential reaction, need for EPI pen)
Celiac disease must completely avoid gluten and cross contamination
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, we fought very hard to try and get changes made. They wanted me to preorder my food so it would be ready which was unreasonable since I never knew exactly when I would want to eat
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
Chef tried to work with me
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
Labels on food letting me know if things were gf in ALL dining halls.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Availability at any given moment. Other kids could go in and eat whenever and whatever they wanted
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
No we didn’t think about it, assuming they would accommodate better
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
West Village had the most readily available gf food and this should be the case in all of them
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
Two meals per day, swipe card with points equal to money
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
Chipotle and we kept my fridge stocked with microwaveable entrees, nachos in micro, yogurt in fridge
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Speak with dining services and disability services. Hopefully changes are being made
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Wasn’t a big issue, I stuck to what I could ingest and stayed away from beer etc
Any other advice or comments?
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