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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
University of Central Florida
Feb 2, 2023
Survey 1 of 1
Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Wheat Allergy
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
Very limited options at dining hall, no extra precautions taken to make food safe for allergies like celiac, no extra thought or care taken to make food gluten free
There’s several restaurants in the campus area that offer gluten free options, but on campus there is not as many, which is why I give it a B+
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)
Very sensitive to gluten traces, can react to extremely small amounts and even purely cross contamination. Symptoms vary from how much gluten is exposed to, but usually experience head fog, mental confusion, neck and back pain, stomach bloating, vomiting/diarrhea, and even loss of balance.
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
I have never eaten in my dining hall due to my previous comments. I mainly cook my own food or eat out.
Did you register your food restriction with the disabilities office? If yes, describe
Yes I did, I requested an apartment-style dorm to be able to cook in a kitchen without worrying about communal kitchens and cross contamination.
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
There is a dietician, but very limited resources on campus to help with safe dining.
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
I would create a separate dining hall specifically for allergies so that people with these allergies can eat in peace and not have to worry about potential consequences through no fault of their own.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
There is not much I can eat on campus, which is really a struggle because I either have to cook or go out to eat, which requires money (which I do not have a lot of).
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
I would suggest Lake Claire on the UCF campus if someone had a food allergy, because it has a small kitchen so people can cook their own food. My food restrictions definitely impacted my housing decision because there aren’t many apartment-style dorms on campus.
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
I would avoid all dining halls on the UCF campus, which is really only 2. There are not that many dining halls to begin with, but I had one experience there during orientation and I will realistically never eat there again.
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
I’m not sure of meal plans as I do not have one.
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
I am personally a snack person, so finding healthy snacks at Publix or Walmart definitely helps, as well as Doordash because they tend to cater to many places, and it is likely that there will be gluten free delivery options.
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Make a plan as to what you’re going to do in terms of food, like a meal plan, cooking, eating out, or a combination of everything.
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
My friends are all aware of my allergy and they take the necessary precautions to find a restaurant when we go out that has options for me, which I really appreciate.
Any other advice or comments?
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