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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
University of Pittsburgh
Feb 7, 2023
Survey 1 of 3
Gluten Intolerance, Milk Allergy
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
Only focused on nut allergies
There are other colleges who do better and some restaurants have a few safe options.
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)
Epi pen required
Details About this Student's College Dining Experience
Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected when you decided to attend?
Not at all 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
I did but no safe food was provided for most years and later it was rare.
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
I hear a new dietician was hired and is trying to help.
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
They would not be open. They need to listen to students with food allergies other than nuts.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
I commuted from home because safe food was usually not available.
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
They are behind here as well so I lived at home.
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
I avoided them as the one food station has so many ingredients in the food served that it is concerning.
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
Meal plans are no longer mandatory but fees and dues for food are and they will not let you out of them
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
I have no firsthand knowledge
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
I would ask a lot of questions and visit the food station to see if the limited option works for you
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Students are uninformed so you are on your own to educate them
Any other advice or comments?
Unless you have a nut allergy I would proceed with caution
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