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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
University of Maryland
Jan 6, 2020
Survey 1 of 1
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
I go to the back of the kitchen and a chef makes me whatever I want separately to ensure it is gluten free
I love playa bowls (they have gluten free granola), cava, and sweetgreen
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)
I get very sick including headaches and stomach problems if I eat any gluten
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
Did you register your food restriction with the disabilities office? If yes, describe
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
Yes, the chefs meet with all students who have food restrictions and prepare the food separately
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
Have allergen food ready faster so I wouldn’t have to wait 20 minutes every time I want to eat
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
I have to wait a long time for my food to be ready so if I am in a rush I will eat something from the gluten free freezer
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
All of the dining halls have staff there to assist you
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
Freshman year a dining plan is required and I have unlimited swipe access to any dining hall on campus
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
Having a mini fridge is great to store foods such as peanut butter, yogurt, etc.
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Call the dietitians office to let them know you have a food restriction and they will take care of you
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Be very careful of what you are drinking to make sure there is no hidden gluten
Any other advice or comments?
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