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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
University of Delaware
Apr 26, 2023
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Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
Dedicated kitchen and many food choices
There are a decent amount of restaurants in the area that can accommodate gf. Chipotle, chickfila and a bunch of other places.
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, moderate sensitivity
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 completed a form and submitted to disability office. My dr needed to sign. They accommodated my dorm to be near dining hall with dedicated allergen free kitchen.
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
Registered dietician is great. Her name is Debbie Miller. Each week the dining hall emails gluten free menus to gf students who registered with the disability office. You place your meal orders by about 6am and then your meals are ready at meal time.
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
The dining hall staff is really nice and accomodating
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
If I forget to place my gluten free meal orders in advance, there are less options at the regular food stations like True Balance where even things like rice come with a disclaimer "may contain wheat" because of cross contamination risk.
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
Yes because I registered with disability office was given a good dorm room, near Caeser Rodney dining hall, which has an allergen free kitchen. North campus would be far from easy gf choices.
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
Caesar Rodney is really good bc it has a dedicated gf kitchen
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
I went with the highest plan bc the price difference wasn't much. The plan allows you to use at Chick-fil-A too (grilled nuggets & fries)
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
Bring snacks and store in plastic container. If you plan to bring food, get a large refrig/freezer combo if you plan to share with roomate.
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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