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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
University of Arkansas
Feb 24, 2021
Survey 1 of 1
Celiac Disease, Milk Allergy
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
Amazing support by food staff and their willingness to make me any of my favorite homes made meals gluten free
I like eating at Mojos and also Marleys pizza. I enjoy Shakes for milkshakes. I love to shop at whole foods and CoOp and the nearby Walmart and Harps. There is a smallmart (the only in the world small walmart on campus) that I get snacks and drinks at, as well as my medicine. I use the find me gluten free app for restaurants and fast food places and I have found all of my favorites through that. I could go on forever about all the great restaurants and gf options in the area
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)
I struggle with lots of bloating, dehydration, brain fog, swollen throat, and diarrhea or constipation
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
One time I got served by a restaurant that was not guaranteed a gluten free space and it made me slightly sick, I called my food allergy advisor and she told me everything to avoid eating there and said they can change utensils or gloves when serving my food!
Did you register your food restriction with the disabilities office? If yes, describe
Yes! I contacted them and they set me up with a food allergy advisor who takes care of my needs and checks on those making my food
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
I have good chefs and my food allergy advisor is a nutritionist so i’m in great hands
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
I wouldn’t change a thing! Except more options at our healthy food station that everyone can eat at
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
I struggle with my favorite dining hall closing at 8pm so I cook things inside of my room sometimes as well. I have microwaveable and fridge food
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
I got assigned a single dorm with my accommodations. I have my own bathroom and single room so I don’t have to share food space/microwave/fridge. I also live in a dorm above the most accommodating food hall and it’s been amazingly convenient
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
Make sure you are choosing one dining hall that fits your food options the best and stick to that mostly so you can get to know the chefs. My favorite is Fulbright Dining Hall, I try to avoid Brough which has more fried foods but they have stations with gluten free food ass well!
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
15 meal tickets a week. A good plan is required to live in a dorm
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
I have a regular Fridge/freezer, I use a rice cooker (they are allowed), and I also use a smoothie blender as well as a microwave. I like keeping things in my fridge to make smoothies, fruits, vegetables, frozen meals like mac n cheese, salami/ham/turkey, bread, and also anything else I find at the nearby Whole Foods.
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Speak with Ashley Meek who is the food allergy advisor and nutritionist. Make sure you’re registered through the CEA (disability center) with a food allergy, and let housing know as well. Meet your chefs and be as kind as possible to them as they go out of their way to make anything you want !
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
I don’t have any food restrictions when it comes to that!
Any other advice or comments?
The staff is really sweet when it comes to accommodating food so always make sure to thank them and don’t even afraid to ask questions or stick up for your allergy
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