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gffadmin
Jun 19, 2022
In College Survey Responses
Celiac College Student Survey submitted June 2022 Grade your college on feeding celiac students A- Explain your rationale for that grade 2/3 of the dining halls have a dedicated section free of top allergens and staff are required to wash hands and change gloves before entering. All separate equipment and appliances. There are options which are safe, however, the options are limited. For dinner there is one, maybe two options and only 2/3 dining halls have separate kitchens. The staff is amazing and extremely willing to help and long as you ask. Many issues that occurred in terms of options are due to understaffing from COVID. Food Service Vendor CAS What stage are you in college? Sophomore Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. Required unlimited plan and then retail dollars for Starbucks, vending machines, and on campus cafes or shops How many years ago were you diagnosed with celiac? 5+ How sensitive to gluten are you? Extremely: React to even small traces How would you describe the worst reaction you have had since diagnosis? Bad Does your college handle celiac food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Somewhat what I expected Check all that apply My school is small and has only a few dining halls, Ability to feed me varies somewhat across dining halls, I avoid certain dining halls that I don't think are safe, I frequent certain dining halls because they have more options although all are safe, I have great options at some of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a critical part of my college selection process, I asked alot of questions before I came but the reality was different Did you register with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. No Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? Describe Yes. I was in contact with the nutritionist and this led to an increase in options since I was advocating for myself and what I was looking for. How many times have you been glutenized in your dining hall? NONE Describe your biggest celiac challenge at college and how you manage it Lack of a variety of options If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed celiac students? Would your school be open to these suggestions? Have more than one option per meal Did celiac impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for celiacs? Why? No impact on housing other than making sure I have a micro fridge and my roommates are understanding Your advice to new celiac kids for managing the dining halls? Favorite dining hall(s)? My favorite was Red Jacket which is on South side (the freshman side of campus) I would advise to speak up for yourself and make your needs heard. Advocating for yourself can help everyone with the same issues. Don’t be afraid to ask for something, they usually have it and will gladly help Your advice to new celiac kids for eating in the dorm? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? I highly suggest getting a micro fridge rental from the school. I always had breakfast items and microwaveable things in my dorm. Bar-Eat-O is like chipotle and has good options and is on Main Street. Wegmans is fantastic, Walmart is ok. Livingston County Pizza is fantastic and has SO many options and does deliver but otherwise is about a 10-15 min drive from campus. Rochester is about 30 minutes away and has a ton. Your advice to new celiac kids on preparing before they come? Or doing upon first arrival? Make sure you communicate with your roommates about safety Your advice to new celiac kids on managing keg parties and alcohol scene? Bring your own drinks everywhere and don’t let people share drinks or anything that your mouth goes on because of a chance of contamination. Grade your college town area for celiac friendliness A- Favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? Bar-Eat-O, Livingston County Pizza, and Wegmans Sushi Anything else you would like to add? Advocating for yourself is the key to living with Celiac
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gffadmin
Jun 19, 2022
In College Survey Responses
Celiac College Student Survey submitted June 2022 Grade your college on feeding celiac students D Explain your rationale for that grade They kicked me off my meal plan because they couldn’t guarantee always having gluten free Food Service Vendor Aramark What stage are you in college? Junior Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. No meal plan, was kicked off the meal plan for them not being able to guarantee gluten free How many years ago were you diagnosed with celiac? 5+ How sensitive to gluten are you? Very: React to small amounts How would you describe the worst reaction you have had since diagnosis? Bad Does your college handle celiac food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Mostly not what I expected Check all that apply My school is medium sized and has a fair amount of dining halls, Ability to feed me varies greatly across dining halls, I avoid certain dining halls that I don't think are safe, I asked alot of questions before I came but the reality was different Did you register with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. I registered in the SAC, had a meeting with them and described my needs, they gave me an apartment with a kitchen in campus housing . Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? Describe Not really for allergies How many times have you been glutenized in your dining hall? NONE If you didn't select NONE, what happened and how did school respond? I only went to the dorms a handful of times Describe your biggest celiac challenge at college and how you manage it Commuting between campuses and knowing your choices were limited when hungry. If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed celiac students? Would your school be open to these suggestions? Making sure foods don’t touch, update and improve allergy friendly options. Did celiac impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for celiacs? Why? It did because if I wasn’t on a meal plan I needed to be in a place with my own kitchen Your advice to new celiac kids for managing the dining halls? Favorite dining hall(s)? Simpson is the best by far they’ll even give you a full gluten free pizza, it is also known as the allergy friendly hall Your advice to new celiac kids for eating in the dorm? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? I haven’t gotten sick from insomnia gf cookies, taichi bubble tea has markings, some of the closer restaurants have bad options but overall there are a lot in the area that are aware of allergies Your advice to new celiac kids on preparing before they come? Or doing upon first arrival? Bring all your own cooking utensils if you got a kitchen don’t trust anyone to be safe about allergies. Don’t rely on others to have properly cleaned their cooking stuff so why risk it and share? Your advice to new celiac kids on managing keg parties and alcohol scene? Don’t do it, just don’t do it. You need to do your own research on what is gluten free alcohol wise and maybe not get too drunk and make a bad decision Grade your college town area for celiac friendliness A+ Favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? Defloured is 100% gluten free bakery, lady Gregory’s Anything else you would like to add? You just gotta be smart about things, from my experience at a couple of colleges now, never trust anyone to get you gluten free food because they might not hold the same standards that you need. It never hurts to call a restaurant and ask about gluten free, you never know what you might find when looking up gluten free stuff.
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gffadmin
Jun 17, 2022
In College Survey Responses
Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted June 2022 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions C Explain your rationale for that grade Often no hot foods available for GF. Top 8 allergy station is very bland. Salad bar is cross-contaminated. Frozen food usually available but gets repetitive Food Service Vendor (if known) Sodexo What stage are you in college? Sophomore How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? Less than 1 Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. Celiac only If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Extremely: React to even small traces Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Not at all what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has only a few dining halls, Ability to feed me varies significantly across dining halls, I have sufficient options at some of the dining halls, I assumed they could feed me and didn't think about it before I arrived Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? YES Describe each incident. How did your school respond? School didn't do anything about cross contamination. Had food poisoning from frozen gf food they took it out for 2 months then brought it back Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. Mandatory unlimited freshman meal plan. Sophomore 12 meal plan required. Very expensive for food I can't eat Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes but not helpful Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Nutritionist but she's not very helpful or thorough in how she stocks allergy room not even proper utensils and pots to cook food there no directions on induction burnerI f you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? Good food safety measures, separate salad bar for allergies, more tasty and hot options Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it Cross contamination and lack of options. Limited dining hall. Revamp allergy area Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? Yes need dorm with kitchen What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Blitman will make gf food to order if I have time and even change fryer oil for me. It's difficult and I have often just gone hungry What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Delivery not easy as different non gf menu for Uber eats and mealeo. Chipotle is reliable What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Get to know chefs and food service workers they're better than dietician What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? BYOB Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions B+ Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? Lots of gf options just expensive Anything else you would like to add? I didn't know I was celiac until a month before college started so I didn't filter choice by food options
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gffadmin
Jun 17, 2022
In College Survey Responses
Celiac College Student Survey submitted June 2022 Food Service Vendor Aramark, Sodexo What stage are you in college? Recent Graduate Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. First-year 10 meals a week, second-year just flex dollars that could be spent at all dining locations, after that no meal plan, also no meal plan in ks for graduate school I haven't even eaten in the dining hall How many years ago were you diagnosed with celiac? 1-3 How sensitive to gluten are you? Moderate: React sometimes How would you describe the worst reaction you have had since diagnosis? Bad Does your college handle celiac food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Somewhat what I expected Grade your college on feeding celiac students B- Explain your rationale for that grade My first year at Kentucky was great but when covid hit, the options got a lot worse and they started restricting to only people with doctors letters, but I was mainly self diagnosed so it restricted what I could have. Check all that apply My school is large with many dining halls, Ability to feed me varies somewhat across dining halls, I frequent certain dining halls because they have more options although all are safe, Ability to eat well was a critical part of my college selection process, I assumed they could feed me and didn't think about it before I arrived Did you register with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. No Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? Describe There was a Nutritionalist at Kentucky but they were difficult to get a hold of. There is a dietician at Kansas state How many times have you been glutenized in your dining hall? NONE Describe your biggest celiac challenge at college and how you manage it Socializing, so many events are set around food and I would avoid going because I knew I couldn't have the food there If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed celiac students? Would your school be open to these suggestions? More options and more clear allergen labeling at all locations not just a couple. Allergy safe dining access for all regardless of if you have registered with disabilities Did celiac impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for celiacs? Why? Yes, I switched to apartment style my second year so I could cook for myself, then moved off campus Your advice to new celiac kids for managing the dining halls? Favorite dining hall(s)? I preferred Champions to the 90 but the 90 was closer to my dorms at UK Your advice to new celiac kids for eating in the dorm? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Doordash, there's lots of local places in lexington that are good with gluten free on there like papis and pasta garage but you can also do chick fil a or chipotle in a pinch Your advice to new celiac kids on preparing before they come? Or doing upon first arrival? If you have the doctors note its probably best to register with disabilities. Talk to your friends about gluten and what you can't have and where you can and can't eat, usually they are willing to work plans around you if they know you Your advice to new celiac kids on managing keg parties and alcohol scene? White claw and other seltzers are popular at parties now and are celiac safe. Grade your college town area for celiac friendliness A+ Favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? Papis is the best restaurant ever, North lime for gf donuts on Fridays, sedona taphouse is good for date nights, there's also a couple bakery options including an entirely gluten free place called gluten free miracles but their hours made it difficult for me to make it very often. In Manhattan, I'm new to the scene but it seems like there's not many local gf friendly places Anything else you would like to add? The gluten free lexington Facebook group is a great resource
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gffadmin
Jun 14, 2022
In College Survey Responses
Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted June 2022 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions A Food Service Vendor (if known) Sodexo Explain your rationale for that grade They are very accommodating and implement feedback quickly. What stage are you in college? Sophomore How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 5+ Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. I get very sick if I have gluten or am cross contaminated. I experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, and fatigue. If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Extremely: React to even small traces Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Totally yes, was what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has only a few dining halls, I feel safe eating at any dining hall on campus, I have sufficient options at all of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a critical part of my college selection process Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? NO Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. I have had a full meal plan which covers 3 meals a day, 7 days a week plus an extra weekly meal as a “just in case”. In addition around $200 in dining dollars are a part of the plan which can be used for snacks or adding something to your meal like a milkshake. Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes, I am registered with disabilities. I receive housing accommodations to live without a roommate. They also guarantee that the food program is adequate to meet my needs and I meet with them each semester to give suggestions. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. I am on the housing/dining committee in our schools government called Diplomatic Congress. In addition there is a school dietician and managers of the dining locations on campus. If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? I am working with staff currently to get a gf waffle station similar to the non-gf version found in our dining hall. I think that F&M will be accepting of this .Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it It can be difficult when going out since I sometimes have to cancel plans that revolve around food. My close friends understand but when meeting people for the first time it can be awkward going somewhere that I can’t get anything. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? I personally felt most comfortable not having a roommate so that there would be no one to bring gluten into my dorm which in my eyes should feel like a safe space. I think a person with Celiac could thrive with a roommate as well, however, just as with all roommates, you could get very unlucky and be stuck with a bad fit until changes are made. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Steinman College Center which we call CC is one of my favorites because I can get a burger, cheese steak, quesadilla, and more with fries made in the air fryer (they also have ice cream like Ben and Jerry’s depending on the week)! The dining hall is also really good for the most part, the food tends to be very healthy that is gluten free but there is a lot of interesting world cuisine. They also always have chicken and rice but that can get old which is why I also check the menu using the bite app ahead of time to see if I want to go or not. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? I would definitely recommend getting a micro fridge (or a separate microwave and fridge if your school allows it). I would make snacks in my room a lot when I didn’t want to go out to get one or wasn’t hungry enough for a meal. Blue Line, a cafe on campus, usually has gf sandwiches which is a good thing to keep in the fridge. Nachos in the microwave were another quick and easy snack. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Speaking with staff is a must to build a rapport. The dining staff should know who you and you should feel comfortable talking to them if an issue arises. Definitely plan on some staple items you’d want in your dorm as well just in case food isn’t available on move in day. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? I don’t drink and would trust food or alcohol at a party. If you plan on partying and want to drink, definitely avoid jungle juice, punch, etc. and stick with bottled/canned drinks you know are gf. Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions A Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? There are a lot of healthy shopping options/farmers markets with gluten free food. Lancaster central market is a great option as well as Whole Foods, Wegmans, Lemon st market, and Leg up farmers market (a bit of a drive). Lancaster cupcake almost always has gf and the food truck comes pretty often to campus. P.F. Chang’s and chipotle are the only places I’ve been in town to eat at in person but I’ve heard that there are good local options like Slovaki boys that I’ll have to try. Anything else you would like to add? N/A
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gffadmin
Mar 23, 2022
In College Survey Responses
Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted March 2022 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions D Food Service Vendor (if known) Café Bon Appétit Explain your rationale for that grade Only one member of the staff seems to have any knowledge or empathy for Celiac students. The managers make attempts to help the situation but are not really empathetic towards what an anxious freshman can realistically advocate for. What stage are you in college? Freshman How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 5+ Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. I get super depressed to the point of suicide watch and uncontrollable crying. I have extremely bad constipation for a week after an incident which creates a stabbing pain in my ribs. (**See below for a note from Gluten Free Friends) If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Very: React to small amounts Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Not at all what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has only a few dining halls, Ability to feed me varies significantly across dining halls, I have at least one safe dining hall, but avoid some dining halls, I have sufficient options at some of the dining halls, I assumed they could feed me and didn't think about it before I arrived Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? YES Describe each incident. How did your school respond? All three of the incidents involved me speaking to the all-male managing staff. I was asked many accusing questions about may have caused the error. I was also frequently accused of being a fad celiac and not diagnosed. Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. We are required to have $2700 (Plan A) or $2600 (Plan B). Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes I registered my disease after the second incident. This was so that if it happened again there was proof of an ongoing issue. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. No If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? I would set aside a section of the cafeteria purely for allergy meals. I would also provide similar meal choices to what traditional students are prepared. They would not be open to this. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it I have a gigantic fear of conflict and anxiety which makes advocating so much harder. I try to talk to the one staff member who is empathetic. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? Yes at this point I am considering moving home due to poor dining conditions. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Claver Hall has gluten free snacks occasionally. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? The pho restaurant in Rangers Station is wonderful and cheap. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Introduce themselves to the managers so that you already have a plan in place. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions?I don’t go to parties. Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions A Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? I have never gotten glutened anywhere but campus. Anything else you would like to add? The sushi cook is exceptional with gf. **Some people with celiac disease report that exposure to gluten directly impacts their emotional state. Pay attention if this is one of your symptoms. and discuss it with your medical doctor and/or mental health professional. Please seek help from a mental health professional if you ever have suicidal thoughts or are simply struggling to cope. Many campuses have both on-site and remote counselors available. Insurance companies also often have counseling resources listed on their websites. If you find yourself in crisis and without support, please reach out to a suicide prevention hotline: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255 or text "TALK" to 741741 or call 911
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gffadmin
May 24, 2021
In College Survey Responses
Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted March 2021 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions B+ Explain your rationale for that grade While they provide some great gluten free options, like grilled chicken, french fries, and main dishes they could improve on training about cross contamination. For example they have gluten free pizza dough, but it is cooked in a pizza oven with wheat. They could also improve on labeling gluten free food. Food Service Vendor (if known) Sodexo What stage are you in college? Freshman How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 3-5 Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. Need gluten free and try to avoid dairy. I do not carry an epi-pen. If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Extremely: React to even small traces Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Mostly what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has only a few dining halls, Ability to feed me is fairly consistent across dining halls, I have sufficient options at some of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a critical part of my college selection process Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? NO Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. My meal plan consists of "swipes" and "dollars". The swipes are used for meals at the dinning hall. Here they have a grill, pizza, and various meal options . The dollars can be spent through your ID on NMSU outside the dining hall to buy coffee or other food on campus. The school required a large meal plan for freshman year, but after that there are smaller options that are available. Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes, it took a while and I did not end up using it, but I was able to register which would allow me to get out of the standard meal plan or the first year housing requirement. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Yes, the chefs are attentive to my requests and try their best. Sometimes there is confusion about what gluten free means, but for the most part they have been great. If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? I would label all foods with allergens and wheat. I would provide more healthy gluten free options. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it The biggest challenge is going out with friends. There are not a lot of gluten free resturants in Las Cruces so it can be difficult to navigate that. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? No, I was able to eat enough in the dining hall to live in the dorms. If I needed a kitchen they would allow me to move into an apartment on campus. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? My advice is to ask questions because the staff are helpful. In Toas the grilled chicken and fries are great options. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Eating in the dorm can be difficult, but if you bring a fridge and microwave there are a lot of simple recipes you can make like oatmeal, pasta, of microwave meals. It is easy to make smoothies or salads in the dorm as well. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? I would recommend bringing a mircowave and fridge, most students do anyways. It is also good to meet with someone in food service to talk about gluten free options What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? I would recommend eating and drinking before social events so that you don't have to navigate food there. Bring your own drinks that you know are okay. Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions C+ Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? There are only a few places with gluten free options, but a lot of the New Mexican food does not have wheat. I would recommend tacos at Chalas would fire grill. The ice cream at Caleches good if you avoid the ones with wheat. St. Clare's winery and Bistro has some options. K-Bowl on university across from Starbucks makes really great healthy bowls that are great for lunch or dinner. Sprouts is the grocery store I go to most often. Anything else you would like to add? No.
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gffadmin
Apr 20, 2021
In College Survey Responses
Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted April 2021 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions B Explain your rationale for that grade Not everything is labelled if it's gluten free, but there are a few good options. What stage are you in college? Sophomore How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 3-5 Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. I'm extremely sensitive to even small traces of gluten cross-contamination in food. My skin reacts when I come into contact with gluten. I generally break out in hives in the contaminated area. If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Extremely: React to even small traces Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Mostly what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has only a few dining halls, Ability to feed me is fairly consistent across dining halls, I feel safe eating at any dining hall on campus, I have sufficient options at some of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a critical part of my college selection process Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? YES Describe each incident. How did your school respond? I saw that they had gluten free pizza with separate sauce and cheese for the GF crust. But, the pizza went into the same oven as the regular pizzas and were cut using a non-GF cutter. I was told that they only had the one pizza oven and I should stay away from it if I will react. Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. Per semester, I have a set number of meals (180 freshman, 200 sophomore) and 250 campus dollars for my meal plan. Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. I don't remember if I specified with our student disabilities office, but I was in constant communication with the dining staff before I started my freshman year and when I first arrived. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Nutritionist on campus. Chef will tell if something is GF if asked. If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? Every food that is cooked or served should be labeled if it's Gluten free, dairy free, egg free, etc. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it I don't have as many options as the majority of my campus. Some options that are "Gluten Free" are sadly cross-contaminated so I am even more limited. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? No What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? My advice is to ask for a chef if you don't know if something is safe. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? There are several great restaurants in the area that have safe gluten free food and will deliver to campus! They include Rustica, Corelife, and Mac&Melts, also Roosevelt field mall What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Email dining services to discuss options and ask for a tour of the dining halls when you arrive. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? N/A Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions A Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? CORElife is a great place for rice bowls, salads, and soups. Rustica has a ton of gluten free italian options! Mac&Melts has amazing options for gluten free mac and cheese and the workers are always checking to make sure that everything is safe! Anything else you would like to add? No
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gffadmin
Apr 16, 2021
In College Survey Responses
Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted April 2021 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions C- Explain your rationale for that grade Although they have a separate area in one of their kitchens for gluten free food, they said that they could not confirm that there would not be any cross contamination. The head chef told me that he could get me prepackaged meals instead. This ended up falling though. The school did give me access to a communal kitchen, but with no car it was hard to get groceries for the kitchen. I then had to take it up with accessibility services and the dean of students for them to finally let me have a car on campus. What stage are you in college? Freshman How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 1-3 Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. I need to avoid all gluten and gluten cross contamination. I take celiac seriously and rarely eat out, only if it is dedicated gluten free. If exposed, I will have GI symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea. Also things such as brain fog, headaches, fatigue, etc. If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Extremely: React to even small traces Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Not at all what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has only a few dining halls, I cannot eat safely at any dining halls, I do not have sufficient options at any dining halls, I asked alot of questions before I came but the reality was different Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? NO Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. I got a reduced meal plan my freshman year, but then never ate from the kitchen after I was told it was not fully safe. Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes. I had special access to the communal kitchen (because it was closed due to COVID) and later on I got my car on campus for groceries. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Not sure. I never met with anyone If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? I would make them take my problems more seriously. I would also have safer gluten free options. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it I moved off campus so I could have my own kitchen. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? Yes, they gave me Westside because it had a communal kitchen. However, after the first semester I moved off campus. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Ask questions, maybe you will be luckier than I was! What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Target delivers groceries which is helpful! The campus store also has GF snacks and a couple safe frozen meals. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? get to asking questions right away and if they give you a hard time DO NOT GIVE UP! If someone says no to your health needs, go to the person above their heads. Go the president if you need to. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Bring your own food! And for alcohol, unopened seltzer, like white claws, or trulys are a go to. Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions B- Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? I never went out to eat because of COVID, but I think there are some places (maybe 20 min drive) that are dedicated GF. The find me GF app had some options I remember Anything else you would like to add? Good luck !
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Feb 24, 2021
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted February 2021 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease, Milk Allergy Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions A Food Service Vendor (if known) Chartwells Explain your rationale for that grade Amazing support by food staff and their willingness to make me any of my favorite homes made meals gluten free What stage are you in college? Freshman How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 3-5 Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. I struggle with lots of bloating, dehydration, brain fog, swollen throat, and diarrhea or constipation If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Extremely: React to even small traces Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Somewhat what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has many dining halls, Ability to feed me is fairly consistent across dining halls, I have at least one safe dining hall, but avoid some dining halls, I have sufficient options at some of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a critical part of my college selection process Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? YES Describe each incident. How did your school respond? One time I got served by a restaurant that was not guaranteed a gluten free space and it made me slightly sick, I called my food allergy advisor and she told me everything to avoid eating there and said they can change utensils or gloves when serving my food! Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. 15 meal tickets a week. A good plan is required to live in a dorm Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes! I contacted them and they set me up with a food allergy advisor who takes care of my needs and checks on those making my food Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. I have good chefs and my food allergy advisor is a nutritionist so i’m in great hands If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? I wouldn’t change a thing! Except more options at our healthy food station that everyone can eat at Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it I struggle with my favorite dining hall closing at 8pm so I cook things inside of my room sometimes as well. I have microwaveable and fridge food Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? I got assigned a single dorm with my accommodations. I have my own bathroom and single room so I don’t have to share food space/microwave/fridge. I also live in a dorm above the most accommodating food hall and it’s been amazingly convenient What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Make sure you are choosing one dining hall that fits your food options the best and stick to that mostly so you can get to know the chefs. My favorite is Fulbright Dining Hall, I try to avoid Brough which has more fried foods but they have stations with gluten free food as well! What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? I have a regular Fridge/freezer, I use a rice cooker (they are allowed), and I also use a smoothie blender as well as a microwave. I like keeping things in my fridge to make smoothies, fruits, vegetables, frozen meals like mac n cheese, salami/ham/turkey, bread, and also anything else I find at the nearby Whole Foods. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Speak with Ashley Meek who is the food allergy advisor and nutritionist. Make sure you’re registered through the CEA (disability center) with a food allergy, and let housing know as well. Meet your chefs and be as kind as possible to them as they go out of their way to make anything you want ! What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? I don’t have any food restrictions when it comes to that! Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions A Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? I like eating at Mojos and also Marleys pizza. I enjoy Shakes for milkshakes. I love to shop at whole foods and CoOp and the nearby Walmart and Harps. There is a smallmart (the only in the world small walmart on campus) that I get snacks and drinks at, as well as my medicine. I use the find me gluten free app for restaurants and fast food places and I have found all of my favorites through that. I could go on forever about all the great restaurants and gf options in the area Anything else you would like to add? The staff is really sweet when it comes to accommodating food so always make sure to thank them and don’t even afraid to ask questions or stick up for your allergy
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Aug 06, 2020
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted August 2020 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease Food Service Vendor (if known) self-operated Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions C+ Explain your rationale for that grade Allergens are labeled but there's cross-contamination so you never know if you can actually eat things labeled gluten-free. Also, the gluten-free options are not varied enough to be healthy long-term. There is a gluten-free corner with cookies, donuts, bread, and rice cakes, and one of the dining halls makes a guaranteed-gluten-free dish every meal but it's almost always the same. What stage are you in college? Junior How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? Less than 1 Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. I get pain-nausea-fatigue from small amounts of gluten and discomfort from trace amount (like cross-contamination in the kitchen). If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Very: React to small amounts Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Somewhat what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has only a few dining halls, Ability to feed me varies significantly across dining halls, I have at least one safe dining hall, but avoid some dining halls, I do not have sufficient options at any dining halls, I assumed they could feed me and didn't think about it before I arrived Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? YES Describe each incident. How did your school respond? Only one severe incident after I was diagnosed and it was completely my fault: I forgot that breaded fish would have gluten. I ended up with pain-nausea-fatigue. I did not bother mentioning it to the school because it wouldn't have happened if I'd been paying attention. There were many minor incidences with cross-contamination and I would often end up with more minor symptoms after eating in the dining halls. Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. I had the large (default) meal plan my first semester. I downgraded to the small meal plan for the next three semester, the last of which I spent working to get exempt from the meal plan altogether because the dining halls could not guarantee a lack of cross-contamination. Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes, in my fourth semester (when I was diagnosed) I got accommodations from the Accessibility Services of campus to not have a meal plan. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Yes, there is a nutritionist on staff who will work with students who have celiac/allergies/dietary restrictions. Also, the chef would be willing to work with you too. If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? Do more to prevent/eliminate cross-contamination so people can eat without risk. Ensure enough variety in gluten-free foods to provide a balanced diet. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it There were not many options for gluten free meals in the dining halls and a risk of cross-contamination. I would sometimes get food that claimed to be gluten free and still feel bad. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? No. All students have to have a meal plan unless they get approval from accessibility services to opt out. Students living off campus get 5 meals/week, students on campus get 12, 14, or 16 plus on-campus spending money. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Frary will get you something actually gluten free but they only ever have one option. Frank and Oldy don't do this so eat at your own risk. The veggy bar tends to be safe. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Dorm building kitchens are not equipped with cooking supplies so I would recommend getting a hot pot and a pan. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Contact the nutritionist to ask their advice, maybe also accessibility services before school starts so that if you need to not be eating in the dining halls you can get accommodations for that quickly. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Just don't eat or drink anything Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions B Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? There are options in the village and they are good but also a bit expensive. Some crust does gluten free cookies Anything else you would like to add? The on campus store doesn't have too many options but on the weekend there is a farmers market in the village were you can get lots of good produce and eggs. Also, you can eat in the other 5c dining halls and they will all be slightly different
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Feb 27, 2020
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted February 2020 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions D Explain your rationale for that grade Little to no options, i usually end up eating from a vending machine. There are also no microwaves available so bringing food from home is also difficult. What stage are you in college? Junior How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 5+ Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. Brain fog, poor balance, joint pains, headaches, skin rashes, nausea, stomachaches. A very tiny amount of gluten can cause an unpredictable combination of these reactions for a few days to a few weeks If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Very: React to small amounts Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Mostly what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has only a few dining halls, I cannot eat safely at any dining halls, I do not have sufficient options at any dining halls, Ability to eat well was a small part of my college selection process, I assumed they could feed me and didn't think about it before I arrived Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? NO Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. I refuse to eat anything other than packaged foods while on campus. The few times i have attempted to eat freshly prepared foods, i didn’t go through with it after seeing how food was handled by staff Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. No, unaware if this is even an option here Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. No If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? More options, considering the keto diet crazes out there, I am surprised there aren’t more carb-free options. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it The fact that I simply don’t eat while on campus, or I will order food from nearby restaurants, which gets expensive and wastes time with either delivery or picking up the food Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? It would be absolutely impossible to dorm here. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? N/a What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? N/a What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? N/a What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? N/a Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions B+ Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? Restaurants in the area are great and have options. Chipotle is close and will deliver to the school, however, the delivery people often get confused with finding the buildings so it takes time away from studying (sometimes over an hour on multiple occasions) to try and figure out where the delivery person is to be able to direct them to you. Anything else you would like to add? N/a
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Jan 25, 2020
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Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease, Other (describe below) Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions C- Explain your rationale for that grade Food not great to begin with and have had some issues with cross contamination and lack of server knowledge. Online menus have errors both in what is available and what allergens foods contain, but in dining hall usually okay. Have raised concerns with dietitian, but change happens slow and it's unclear whether it's going anywhere even when they say they'll improve things. That being said, they connected me with the chefs at a dining hall to improve the situation and have some pretty cool housing accommodations options. Dining halls have a lack of variety, especially with any dietary restrictions. It's really not great and I almost gave them a D but didn't because of the helpfulness of the chefs and amazing options at one campus market. What stage are you in college? Freshman How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 5+) Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. I have Celiac Disease, which causes me to react to gluten, and Crohn's Disease, with which I have various "trigger foods" that cause symptoms including severe abdominal pain, bloating, and urgency. I am not entirely certain what all of these trigger foods are, but some seem to include excessive sugar, oil/fat, and spiciness. When I was little, my reaction to gluten from Celiac Disease was usually vomiting, but since my Crohn's diagnosis I have had difficulty identifying the cause of any gastroenterological symptoms I experience. If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Moderate: React sometimes Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Not at all what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has only a few dining halls, Ability to feed me is fairly consistent across dining halls, I have at least one safe dining hall, but avoid some dining halls, I do not have sufficient options at any dining halls, Ability to eat well was a small part of my college selection process, I asked alot of questions before I came but the reality was different Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? YES Describe each incident. How did your school respond? I frequently found myself in pain/other mild reactions after eating in the dining hall during the fall semester, so I contacted the dietician. I described how I usually went about eating in the dining halls (reading labels + guessing safest food line) and she apologized for the experience and mentioned some remaining cross-contamination possibilities present with this approach. She put me in contact with the chef at one of the smaller dining halls, and he walks me through the food options whenever I visit and washes his hands + changes gloves before serving me from the back. My reactions have decreased significantly in frequency, so I suspect any remaining ones are due to unknown Crohn's triggers rather than Celiac. I also had an incident not involving reaction where I was served the wrong meal (vegan instead of allergen free, 2/3 items contained gluten third was cauliflower) but I caught the error and returned to the line. The first staff member did not seem to understand the significance of celiac disease, but another staff member helped me out by finding the right meal and verifying with the chef. I also discussed this incident with the dietitian, who was apologetic and commented that it may be time for the staff to receive another food allergy and celiac disease training. Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. First year: Basic meal plan included in my housing plan, very difficult to opt out of. Includes 12 meal swipes per week and 300 "flex dollars" per semester (which can be spent in on campus restaurants and campus markets - great options in markets!) Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes, I primarily registered for issues relating to my Crohn's Disease but also mentioned my food restrictions and Celiac at the meeting. I successfully received housing accommodations in that I was placed in a building with a kitchen (for entire building but I clean area I use) and near the dining hall with an allergen free station (more on this later) Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. It wasn't automatically offered, but I work with the chefs in one dining hall to ensure I am receiving safe food. They are wonderful and very helpful, but the variety is limited. When most of the food in the main "lines" is not gluten free, the default is plain chicken and some rice/vegetables. This was fine at the beginning, but it gets old fast. If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? The food could be a lot better in general. I'm not sure what the problem is there because the chefs seem great but a lot of options are mediocre at best. I think the first change would be to rotate the foods at the allergen-free station (it's the same every day, lunch and dinner, and I don't particularly like what they serve to begin with) so it can be a viable option for eating at every day. It'd also be nice to have one food line be allergen free to begin with, since a lot of dishes seem like they could be modified fairly easily and this would limit cross-contamination in the lines. This happens by chance every now and then anyways, but it would be nice if it were consistent. I would also make the allergen-free fridge and toaster more accessible. I don't even use either, but a good friend of mine also with celiac has and it is a hassle to get servers to leave the line, retrieve or toast items, and return them. She has also discussed having student input on the products stocked in the fridge and dietary seemed open to it, but it does not seem this has happened yet. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it The biggest challenge for me was probably figuring out how to get fed consistently. When I started having issues I got very paranoid about eating in the dining halls and avoided them, sometimes skipping meals because it sounded better than going to one of them. I contacted the dietitian about what things were concerning me so they may be improved eventually, and was set up with my current system of talking to the chef at foothill. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? Yes, I requested a room near the one dining hall with an allergen-free station and a building with a kitchen. I would recommend any dorm building with a kitchen since the allergen free station isn't all that great but cooking my own food from time to time keeps me sane. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? If possible, get to know the chefs or some students who work in the dining halls and can give you valuable information. I can't say I like any of them, but I suppose foothill is my favorite due to my connections there. Avoid anything fried or grilled. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? If you have favorite foods you will miss, make sure you are in a building with a kitchen. Bear market has some great frozen meals to stock up on with flex dollars and microwave when you need a break from dining hall food. The crossroads allergen free station is not all it's cracked up to be so living near this dining hall isn't a super high priority, but it's good to know that option exists. You can order postmates from Jules pizza or pupusas from platano (don't get anything fried there). Racha's and Berkeley Thai house are also great. It's kind of hard to get to with no car, but Mariposa Baking Co is absolutely amazing. Safeway and Trader Joe's are easy to take the bus or even walk to, I go weekly with my roommate. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Get in contact with housing if you would like to request a building with a kitchen or a roommate with similar food allergies (that's an option! I didn't do it because I had a friend coming but it sounded cool). Scout out the area for restaurants you make like. Get into contact with dietary and/or disabled students program so you have somewhere to go if there are any issues. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? I'm not that into parties, but when I go to social events with food I typically bring some snacks or plan to eat before/after. Sometimes, if the event is small enough, the person running it will bring something I can eat from the restaurant. (we have a few pizza and thai places for example with gluten free options) Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions B Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? We don't have nearly as many places as I expected, but the ones we do have are really really good. My favorite place is Mariposa Baking Company. Some other places include Jules Thin Crust Pizza, Sliver Pizzeria, Racha's Cafe, Berkeley Thai House, Toss Noodle Bar, and Platano. Anything else you would like to add? I think I mentioned it once before but it's worth noting that the online menus are NOT ACCURATE (in person usually is though). I have seen things labeled as contains gluten when they don't, not labeled as having it when they do, and dining halls just having radically different things than the online menu says they have.
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Jan 24, 2020
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted January 2020 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease Food Service Vendor (if known) HUDS Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions C Explain your rationale for that grade Food is not labeled, and gluten free entrees are not offered every day. There is an app you can use to check ingredient lists, but it doesn't say anything about gluten free so you have to use your best judgement. It is time consuming and not always clear. What stage are you in college? Freshman How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 5+ Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. I was diagnosed with celiac when I was 4 years old. I often have stomach aches when I eat in the dining hall a lot, but I'm not sure if that's from gluten or just from an unhappy stomach. When I eat at home or at my favorite restaurants, I don't get a stomach ache. If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Moderate: React sometimes Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Mostly not what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has many dining halls, Ability to feed me varies significantly across dining halls, I do not have sufficient options at any dining halls, I assumed they could feed me and didn't think about it before I arrived Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? NO Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. There is only one meal plan option at Harvard. Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes, I registered with the Accessible Education Office. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. No nutritionist and no single point person who can answer all questions. If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? Gluten free food should be labeled as such, and there should be a gluten free main course at every meal. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it It is hard to find safe, filling, and nutritionally balanced gluten free food on campus, so I eat off campus a lot. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? Harvard offers no alternative to the meal plan. You can sometimes get a single dorm room if you have a severe nut allergy. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? All dining halls serve the same food, but I can only pre-order food at the freshman dining hall. Even there, pre-ordering is problematic. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? I got a mini-fridge for my dorm room and I buy snacks off campus. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Register with AEO. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? That is not a major concern. Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictionsAExplain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? Cambridge and Boston have many shops and restaurants which offer gluten free food. Anything else you would like to add? Thank you for listening!
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Jan 14, 2020
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted January 2020 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Gluten Intolerance, Shellfish Allergy, Other (describe below) Food Service Vendor (if known) Chartwells Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions D Explain your rationale for that grade If you go to the “allergy” section they have food for either gluten free or vegan but not both. If you have multiple allergies you have to call ahead and they will prepare a meal for you. I’ve done this multiple times before but I have to wait 30 minutes after arriving to the dining hall after giving them 20-45 minutes in advance notice that I was coming. What stage are you in college? Sophomore How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 5+ Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. I carry an epi-pen. I am also allergic to apples, cantaloupe, mushrooms, and I follow a modified low fodmap diet which I am very strict about. If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Very: React to small amounts Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Not at all what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience I do not have sufficient options at any dining halls, I asked alot of questions before I came but the reality was different Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? NO Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. I get 225 meals per semester Did you register your food restrictions with your student disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. No Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Yes, I have met with the chef multiple times If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? Unsure Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it Not enough options and safe options for people with allergies Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? No What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? I do not eat at the dining halls What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Make sure to have a fridge and microwave in your personal dorm room What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Call to dining services and get to know them What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Bring your own food or eat before Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions C Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? Very small town so not a lot to choose from Anything else you would like to add? No
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Jan 07, 2020
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted January 2020 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Egg Allergy, Milk Allergy, Peanut Allergy, Shellfish Allergy, Sesame Allergy, Tree Nut Allergy Food Service Vendor (if known) Sodexo Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions A- Explain your rationale for that grade There is at least one option for me at every meal however the options sometimes aren’t the best and become repetitive What stage are you in college? Sophomore How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 5+ Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. I carry an Epi-pen everywhere I go as all of my allergies are anaphylactic. When ingested my throat will become “scratchy” and occasionally my breathing will become more difficult Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Mostly what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has only a few dining halls, Ability to feed me varies significantly across dining halls, I have at least one safe dining hall, but avoid some dining halls, I have sufficient options at some of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a small part of my college selection process Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? YES Describe each incident. How did your school respond? The reaction was minor as I was able to take Benadryl and monitor myself rather than having to need the epipen and the emergency room. I reached out to the chef after the fact and he immediately wanted to meet with me to figure out what had happened and get it all sorted out. Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. I have had the unlimited plan both years and it was required the first year but not this year Did you register your food restrictions with your student disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. No we tried first semester but they took longer than expected for them to get back to me and by then I had figured out how I was going to eat and it didn’t feel necessary. We’ve since wanted to register but keep missing the arbitrary deadlines Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Yes I have multiple contacts in the kitchen including the head chef and another chef If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? I would add more “comfort food” options into the rotation of meals provided for food restrictions Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it Biggest challenge has been socially having people (no longer friends) not want to come to the dining hall with me because they didn’t like the dining hall food and caused me to sit alone in the dining hall for most of my freshman year. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? No however the on-campus house I am currently in does have a kitchen allowing me to have more options than just the dining hall What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Establish a relationship with the staff in the dining hall. Only dining hall on campus is Saga. The cellar pub and Au Bon Pain have very limited options for restrictions that I am now trying to explore a bit further. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Always have a can of soup or some microwaveable dish in your room (if a microwave is available) for when you don’t feel like leaving your room either because you’re not feeling well or the weather is bad. Belvita bars and 88 acres seed bars were a go to for food before classes. Good Karma yogurt was also a heathy treat when I could get it at the local Wegmans or bring it up from home but has since become scarce in both regions What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Talk with the kitchen staff and establish that connection and locate where the nearest food shops are to campus so that you can get food when needed. I would also look into renting a microfridge (one with microwave) for the dorm if a regular microwave isn’t allowed. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? I don’t typically go to many parties but when I do go out I resolve to not eat or drink anything that is provided unless there is a label and it hasn’t been opened by anyone else. But otherwise from what I’ve seen there isn’t much provided so it’s mostly focused on dancing, meeting people, and having a good time with friends Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions A+ Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? For a small downtown there are quite a few places that have been very accommodating. My favorite places out to eat are Eddie O’Briens, Beef and Brew, and Char Burrito Anything else you would like to add? My advice is both for college in general and managing your restrictions is to prepare for the worst but hope for the best. A lot of things will get thrown at you your first year of college that are completely out of your control and while it’d be great if everything went your way, it’s not guaranteed so have a backup plan or two so that it’s not the end of the world if things don’t go to plan
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted January 2020 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions C Explain your rationale for that grade Labels were not made available at all dining halls. Arrangements in advance were required from some easily accessible dining halls. One dining hall, furthest from main campus had gf options readily available What stage are you in college? Recent College Graduate How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 5+ Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. Celiac disease must completely avoid gluten and cross contamination If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Moderate: React sometimes Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Mostly not what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has many dining halls, Ability to feed me varies significantly across dining halls, I assumed they could feed me and didn't think about it before I arrived Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? NO Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. Two meals per day, swipe card with points equal to money Did you register your food restrictions with your student disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes, we fought very hard to try and get changes made. They wanted me to preorder my food so it would be ready which was unreasonable since I never knew exactly when I would want to eat Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Chef tried to work with me If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? Labels on food letting me know if things were gf in ALL dining halls. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it Availability at any given moment. Other kids could go in and eat whenever and whatever they wanted Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? No we didn’t think about it, assuming they would accommodate better What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? West Village had the most readily available gf food and this should be the case in all of them What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Chipotle and we kept my fridge stocked with microwaveable entrees, nachos in micro, yogurt in fridge What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Speak with dining services and disability services. Hopefully changes are being made What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Wasn’t a big issue, I stuck to what I could ingest and stayed away from beer etc Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions A- Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? PF changs, Chipotle and pizza easily accessible off campus Anything else you would like to add? No
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted January 2020 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Milk Allergy, Peanut Allergy, Shellfish Allergy, Sesame Allergy, Tree Nut Allergy Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions A+ Explain your rationale for that grade The only reaction I have had at school was at an off-campus Starbucks, where they put regular milk in my coffee instead of almond milk. What stage are you in college? Freshman How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 3-5 Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. I carry an epi-pen. It is used for my peanut/tree nut reactions. My allergic reaction to dairy, sesame seeds, and shrimp can be controlled with Benadryl Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Totally yes, was what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has many dining halls, Ability to feed me is fairly consistent across dining halls, I feel safe eating at any dining hall on campus, I have at least one safe dining hall, but avoid some dining halls, I have sufficient options at some of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a critical part of my college selection process Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? NO Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. The schools requires freshmen to have a 14 meals/week meal plan. I started at 21 meals/week and decided it was too many meals, but liked the option of being able to swipe in and get something as simple as a bowl of cereal if I needed. I cut my meal plan down to 14 meals/week because it wasn’t cost-effective for me to have 21 meals/week. Did you register your food restrictions with your student disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes, there was a form to fill out for students with food allergies. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. There are nutritionists available and there is a dietician who was very helpful. The managers in the dining hall are also very helpful. If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? I think I would make there be more options for people with dairy allergies. Sometimes, most of the main dishes have dairy, so I’ll eat grilled chicken or a burger (because these are always available), which isn’t bad, but it would be nice if there were more options. I would also change the eggs/omelet mix to not have dairy in it, so there would be other options. (They can do egg whites or fried eggs dairy free, but not scrambled or an omelet.) Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it I think just finding options, but it really hasn’t been too difficult. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? There was no place explicitly listed to say you have allergies. The housing office told me (after the fact) that I should’ve put it as a disability and they would have tried to match me with someone who had allergies, but I went random for my roommate and I explained to her that I had severe peanut/tree nut allergies, and she was completely understanding and agreed to not eat those foods in the room. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? I would say just talk to the managers at the dining halls. They are helpful and if you can get to know them, they will help you out. My residence hall is attached to Graham dining hall, so that’s my go- to, but Ernie Davis has also been great with my allergies. I think all of the dining halls have very similar (if not the same) menus, so you can feel safe at any of them. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? There are stores on campus to buy snacks if you want. I also like to go to target once a month or so to stock up on other snacks and things like oatmeal to eat in my room. I really haven’t done too much takeout, but I have done postmates and grubhub and just included a note in the order and have had no issues. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Before- call the dietician. After- introduce yourself to the managers. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? I would say just make sure your friends know about your allergies, carry a Benadryl or an epi-pen on you when you go out. Otherwise, I don’t share drinks when I’m out and I don’t order food if we go out afterward. Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions A Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? I really don’t eat anywhere else except occasionally Chipotle (on Marshall St) and sometimes restaurants at Destiny. Sometimes, I do GrubHub or Postmates and just include a note about my allergy and it really has not been an issue. Anything else you would like to add? No, but please feel free to reach out with any further questions.
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted October 2021 DESCRIBE YOUR FOOD RESTRICTIONS BY CHECKING ALL RELEVANT BOXES Celiac Disease, Other (describe below) GRADE YOUR COLLEGE ON FEEDING STUDENTS WITH YOUR FOOD RESTRICTIONS C+ EXPLAIN YOUR RATIONALE FOR THAT GRADE Pre-COVID, the dining halls offered scheduled meals directly from the kitchen and identifies allergens in the normal food, plus one dining hall had a dedicated gf freezer. The scheduled meals were frequently not yet made when I went to pick them up and I was given an incorrect meal several times, however they never caused a reaction. The food from the regular dining areas was well labeled but sometimes arranged or prepared in a way that risked cross contamination. I was very careful and this food never made me sick either. I briefly had to go on a dairy free diet in addition to my gluten free diet and the process of changing that was very easy. However, during COVID they have significantly reduced accommodations for students with only a few allergies. Last year students with only a few allergies could not order meals from the kitchen and had to pick up pre-selected meal boxes as all dining was carry-out only. I contacted several people who had been very helpful in the past and they would only confirm that there would be top 8 allergen free meals available and would not answer my questions about whether these meals would be gluten free as well. They also advised me that menu information would be posted in advance on an app, but it never was. This led me to decide not to live on campus as all on campus students are required to have a dining plan and exceptions are very difficult to get approved. I do not have a dining plan this year, but I have heard that top 8 allergen free stations have been added to all dining halls. Throughout my entire time here, gluten free options at the dining services operated convenience stores and cafes around campus have been extremely limited, usually one salad if there are any options other than fruit and granola bars WHAT STAGE ARE YOU IN COLLEGE? Junior HOW MANY YEARS AGO WERE YOU DIAGNOSED WITH FOOD ALLERGIES OR CELIAC DISEASE? 5+ PLEASE USE THIS SPACE TO PROVIDE DETAILS THAT WOULD HELP US BETTER UNDERSTAND YOUR FOOD RESTRICTIONS. INCLUDE YOUR REACTION IF EXPOSED TO THE FOODS YOU ARE AVOIDING. PLEASE MENTION IF YOU CARRY AN EPI-PEN. Celiac disease- abdominal pain, nausea, acid reflux, headaches, brain fog, fatigue, bloating: all severe enough to impact my daily activities significantly but not prevent me from doing everything; lactose intolerance- abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas, sometimes nausea: mild reaction as long as the amount of dairy is fairly small IF YOU INDICATED THAT YOU HAVE CELIAC DISEASE OR ARE GLUTEN INTOLERANT, HOW SENSITIVE ARE YOU TO GLUTEN? Extremely: React to even small traces DOES YOUR COLLEGE HANDLE FOOD RESTRICTIONS AS YOU EXPECTED THEY WOULD WHEN YOU SELECTED YOUR SCHOOL? Somewhat what I expected CHECK ALL BOXES THAT APPLY TO YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE My school has only a few dining halls, Ability to feed me is fairly consistent across dining halls, I have at least one safe dining hall, but avoid some dining halls, I have sufficient options at some of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a critical part of my college selection process, I asked alot of questions before I came but the reality was different HAVE YOU HAD A REACTION FROM EATING IN YOUR DINING HALL? NO PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR MEAL PLAN FOR EACH YEAR THERE SO FAR. INCLUDE IF YOUR SCHOOL REQUIRED ANY OF THESE DECISIONS. IF YOU ARE EATING IN A GREEK HOUSE OR OTHER CLUB TYPE ARRANGEMENT INCLUDE THAT AS WELL. Freshman- required unlimited dining plan and dining dollars to be used in campus-operated cafes, sophomore- COVID online classes and lack of answers to questions about allergen safety after dining changes led to me living at home so no dining plan, junior- living near but not on campus so no dining plan but dining dollars for use in the campus-operated cafes DID YOU REGISTER YOUR FOOD RESTRICTIONS WITH YOUR STUDENTS DISABILITIES OFFICE FOR ACCOMMODATIONS? IF YES, DESCRIBE. No, our disabilities office does not do anything for food restrictions ARE THERE RESOURCES (NUTRITIONISTS, CHEFS, PEER SUPPORT GROUPS) TO HELP ENSURE YOU ARE RECEIVING SAFE NUTRITIOUS FOOD? IF YES, DESCRIBE. Yes, as far as I am aware only the chefs and allergy coordinators IF YOU WERE IN CHARGE OF YOUR SCHOOL'S DINING, WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU IMPLEMENT TO BETTER FEED STUDENTS WITH YOUR FOOD RESTRICTIONS? WOULD YOUR SCHOOL BE OPEN TO THESE SUGGESTIONS? Expand top allergen free offerings in the dining halls and the cafes and ensure those items are gluten free, not just wheat free. Rearrange dining halls to minimize potential for cross contamination and contain allergens in specific areas as much as possible. Ensure that meals scheduled with the kitchen are made correctly and on time. Try to work with disability services to allow students with severe allergies/celiac to register with them to create better enforcement and better opportunities for recourse/class accommodations if a student is exposed to one of their allergens. DESCRIBE YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE WITH MANAGING YOUR FOOD RESTRICTIONS AT COLLEGE AND HOW YOU DEAL WITH IT Currently, it's finding gluten free products in stores that I can get to easily. I have yet to find a complete solution, but my current partial one is asking my parents to drop off essentials that I cannot find, like bread. DID YOUR FOOD RESTRICTIONS IMPACT YOUR HOUSING DECISION? HOW? IS THERE A CERTAIN DORM YOU RECOMMEND FOR THOSE WITH FOOD RESTRICTIONS? WHY? Yes, changes to dining policies caused me to live at home rather than on campus during COVID online classes. All of the dorms are the same in regards to policies for food restrictions: there are none unless you specifically try to set some up with your RA WHAT'S YOUR ADVICE FOR MANAGING THE DINING HALLS WITH YOUR FOOD RESTRICTIONS? FAVORITE DINING HALL(S)? ANY DINING HALLS TO AVOID? Don't get scared away from contacting dining services by their terrible website, information about how to contact them about allergies is there just hard to find. Meet with dining services as early as possible (BEFORE the semester starts) and take them up on the offer of a tour of one of the dining halls. Sister Maureen is generally very helpful and responsive. I think the dining halls are mostly the same when it comes to food allergies, but 251 will always have fewer allergy friendly options since it has less options overall. WHAT'S YOUR ADVICE FOR EATING IN THE DORM WITH YOUR FOOD RESTRICTIONS? FAVORITE SNACKS? PLACES THAT DELIVER? Be very careful about the kitchens, especially in the lounges, there are tons of opportunities for cross contamination but you can do some basic stuff like heating up microwave meals decently safely. Bring a mini fridge and snacks plus stuff for simple meals like peanut butter sandwiches for when you don't feel like going to the dining halls. There are plenty of places that are on doordash and similar apps, but I only know of a few that are celiac friendly and I honestly have no idea how getting food delivered in the dorms works anyways. Basically don't count on relying on delivery. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND NEW STUDENTS WITH FOOD RESTRICTIONS DO BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS? OR WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVE? I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to contact dining services BEFORE coming to campus. They get overwhelmed with new students with allergies at the beginning of each year, so you'll get quicker and more personalized responses if you talk to them before. Plus then you won't have to worry about how dining will work while you're settling in to college WHAT'S YOUR ADVICE ON MANAGING THE PARTY SCENE WITH YOUR FOOD RESTRICTIONS? I haven't partied a whole lot, but in general unless you know the person who's hosting and they know how to accommodate you don't expect them to have celiac safe stuff, even alcohol. On a bit more of the social side of things, a lot of clubs have club dinners and parties and in that case don't be afraid to bring your restrictions up in the planning process to see if you can work out a way to participate fully, whether by going to a restaurant you can eat at or by you bringing some of your own stuff to a party. If people/groups give you a really hard time about it and refuse to even try to include you fully, that's a good sign you should consider if it's in your best interest to keep hanging out with them. Finally, with people you're going to be partying/hanging out with a lot, don't be afraid to nicely tell them if something they did to accommodate you still isn't safe for you. You don't want to put yourself in unsafe situations regularly just to not rock the boat, if they tried in the first place they most likely really want you to be included and will do it right from then on. GRADE YOUR COLLEGE TOWN AREA FOR FEEDING PEOPLE WITH YOUR FOOD RESTRICTIONS C- EXPLAIN YOUR GRADE. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT IN TOWN OR FOODSHOP? College Park is a food desert, so it's pretty bad at feeding those without food restrictions and worse at feeding those with them. The closest grocery stores are Whole Foods and Lidl, but they're still pretty far away and hard to get to. Whole Foods has a lot more options especially for gluten free food, but it's far more expensive, while Lidl is very affordable but has far fewer options and their gluten free bread is unfortunately terrible. Basically you either have to rely mostly on naturally gluten free foods or pay a lot more money. Don't expect to be able to get a lot of convenience meals. For restaurants, there are actually a good number, there are just potential issues with getting there depending on where you live (on campus or off). There are 4 restaurants in Stamp that should be celiac safe with the right precautions, although I personally haven't tried one of them. There is one near the Whole Foods that is a bit fancier but has tons of gf options. Immediately to the south of campus there are a bunch of restaurants, including Nando's, Cava, Chipotle, and Five Guys. My favorite place in that area is Seoul Spice, which is dedicated gf and sells a (very limited) selection of treats from a gf bakery in DC. ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? No Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted January 2020 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions A+ Explain your rationale for that grade I go to the back of the kitchen and a chef makes me whatever I want separately to ensure it is gluten free What stage are you in college? Freshman How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 1-3 Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. I get very sick including headaches and stomach problems if I eat any gluten If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Very: React to small amounts Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Somewhat what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has only a few dining halls, Ability to feed me is fairly consistent across dining halls, I feel safe eating at any dining hall on campus, I have sufficient options at all of the dining halls, I assumed they could feed me and didn't think about it before I arrived Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? NO Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. Freshman year a dining plan is required and I have unlimited swipe access to any dining hall on campus Did you register your food restrictions with your student disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. No Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? 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 your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these 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 with 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 Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? No What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? All of the dining halls have staff there to assist you What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Having a mini fridge is great to store foods such as peanut butter, yogurt, etc. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions 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 What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Be very careful of what you are drinking to make sure there is no hidden gluten Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions B+ Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? I love playa bowls (they have gluten free granola), cava, and sweetgreen Anything else you would like to add? No
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Survey submitted December 2019 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Peanut Allergy, Tree Nut Allergy Food Service Vendor (if known) Sodexo Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions B Explain your rationale for that grade They try to help but don't have much variation or labels What stage are you in college? Junior How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 5+ Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen. I carry epipens. I will have an anaphylactic reaction. Also allergic to a lot of fruit. If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten? Not Very: Usually do not know if exposed Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school? Mostly what I expected Check all boxes that apply to your college experience My school has many dining halls, Ability to feed me varies significantly across dining halls, I have at least one safe dining hall, but avoid some dining halls, I have sufficient options at some of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a critical part of my college selection process Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall? NO Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well. I had an on campus meal plan for two years and now I have an off campus one. Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. No Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. There are nutritionists but they don't know everything. If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions? Putting signs with ingredients on everything, try to get safe alternatives or limit cross contamination. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it There are no labels on anything so it takes forever to find out what I can eat. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? Yes, I couldn't get a dorm close to the nut free dining hall, (which doesn't include cross contamination) so I would have to walk across campus. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Just ask a lot of questions in advance, and avoid ciw and a lot of the marketplace. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Just keep some food that you can microwave or something in case there are no options in the dining hall. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Contact the nutritionists. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Don't eat anything, eat before or put a snack in your bag. Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions B Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? There are some super conscious and accommodating places, but some aren't. Anything else you would like to add? N/A
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