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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
University of Florida
Oct 5, 2019
Survey 1 of 1
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
If you have celiac you just can't get a meal plan. There's no accommodations available.
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)
Completed original celiac survey which did not ask about other food allergies
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, I had to for marching band because otherwise I would go hungry on trips. It didn't help much.
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?
Have a separate gluten free section with it's own little kitchen. USF had that when I visited a friend and I felt very comfortable eating there.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Traveling with the marching band. Sometimes they had accommodations but didn't keep track if the right people got them so I wouldnt get any food a lot. I ended up always bringing my own food. I was also in a sorority for a year and had to fight hard to have the meal plan taken out of my dues.
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
No, I lived in a traditional style dorm with no meal plan. I had a larger than normal mini fridge with a good sized freezer, and just got really good/creative with microwave meals
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
N/A, never ate in them
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
Never had one
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
I mostly ate sandwiches and salads. Try to always have fresh fruit and granola bars too.
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Get a good sized mini fridge with a freezer section
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
More alcohol has gluten in it than you think, bring your own or just be DD
Any other advice or comments?
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