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gffadmin
Dec 02, 2022
In College Survey Responses
GFF College Dining Survey submitted December 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 There are no options in dining halls besides potentially contaminated vegetables. The only food available is prepackaged and is not available through a meal plan. What stage are you in college? Freshman 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 have Celiac disease, and any trace in my system causes intense gastrointestinal issues. These include severe bloating and stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and tiredness. 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, I cannot eat safely at any 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, 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 did not reach out to them, but after using the salad bar once I had severe stomach pain, bloating, and diarrhea. 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 was allowed a slightly accommodated meal plan of $700 in university money to spend on prepackaged items. There are not nearly enough items for me to possibly spend this much in a semester. Did you register your food restrictions with your students' disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. not yet, this information was not readily available Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. yes, but they recommend I use things like the salad bar that previously got me sick. 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? at least creating 2-3 allergen-friendly stations in the actual dining halls. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it Affording groceries, and eating enough from food that can be kept in a mini fridge or made in a microwave. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? I’m currently requesting a private dorm, but other than that all dorms are essentially the same and on campus housing is required for two years, typically in a double room. I would recommend living in a private room or attempting to live off campus to have enough space for food/cooking. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Dont use any of the dining halls, buy only prepackaged food, and read every label. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Get a mini fridge, freezer, and microwave. There are few places that deliver here, so grocery shopping is most important. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? speak with the housing and meal plan representatives and sign up with the ADA office before starting. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Bring your own food, trust no shared containers, and read drink labels. 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 food shop? There are a few places to eat around here, but none dedicated gf. Check local menus though. Anything else you would like to add? The two-year on-campus requirement is extremely difficult to get around, even after letting administrators know that I need a safe place to prepare my own food and keep it.
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gffadmin
Nov 28, 2022
In College Survey Responses
GFF College Dining Survey submitted November 2022 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 BC allows students to preorder meals, and I’ve never had an issue with it 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 have Celiac disease, and I get digestive symptoms as well as brain fog when I am exposed to gluten or oats. 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 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 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. For my freshman year, I ate every meal at the dining hall. This year, I eat lunch and dinner there, and make breakfast in my room (I have a full kitchen in my room) .Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe .Yes, I have accommodations for safe food at the dining hall and excused absences for when I have a reaction Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Yes, we have a nutritionist 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? My school has an online menu that labels allergens, but not all of this food is actually available. I would make this more accurate. I think my school would be open to that. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it Feeling different from my peers. I have luckily surrounded myself with welcoming people. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? Yes, I got a full kitchen because of my autoimmune disease. Would recommend! Very helpful. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? I set up a meeting with the nutritionist beforehand and have a set menu. This helps me stay safe at any dining hall. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? I like to make chia pudding. It’s filling and easy to make! What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Definitely do a lot of research and ask questions before arriving. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Bring your own supplies 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 places near BC that are safe (Crazy Dough’s Pizza, El Pelon Taqueria) that are popular. But Playa Bowls has caused me to react. Anything else you would like to add? N/A
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gffadmin
Nov 22, 2022
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GFF College Dining Survey submitted November 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 Very limited options, lack of care for students with celiac. Whenever I brought up my concerns I was disregarded. What stage are you in college? Senior Food Service Vendor (if known) Sodexo 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. Celiac disease means I have a strict diet with absolutely no gluten. If I eat gluten, I will be extremely nauseous for several days and be in a lot of pain. 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 not 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 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? My school apologized but made no changes and did not seem to care much going forward. 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 a meal plan for the first two years, and my third year I went completely off of it. `Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes. i am registered with the disability services. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. There is a dietician, but she was really no help at all, led me into trouble (eating things I shouldn't have because things changed in the dining hall and I was not informed) and did not understand celiac enough to work at a dining hall. My interactions with the chefs have been very helpful in finding out which foods were safe and which were not. 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 train staff to understand what allergies mean, and I would get more allergy-free food that the students can eat: better tasting, more options, no shortages. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it Lack of options and no help from staff. The school did not care. To fix this I got to have my car on campus to go out and get food instead. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? Yes. I needed a dorm with a kitchen. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? I would recommend asking lots of questions, and do not be afraid to inconvenience people. It is your comfort and safety. Ray Dining Hall has the most options, but they run out frequently. Has gotten better over the years. Alumni dining hall has hardly anything and Eaton ST. Cafe has nothing for celiac. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Get a dorm with a kitchen and start to learn to cook, it will be a huge help. Get doordash and Ubereats What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Talk to disability services and Dining Services. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Get food to eat late night when everyone else orders Mcdonalds and food trucks. This was an odd yet really hard adjustment for me. 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? So many places to eat in PVD: Places that deliver: Bettola, Nami, Diegos, Chic Fil a, Pho Horns, Jersey Mikes, Chipotle, Howies, Coffee Connection, Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, much of Federal Hill Italian Anything else you would like to add? I would not necessarily recommend Providence College if you have Celiac. They unfortunately do not care enough about allergy kids to have sufficient options.
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gffadmin
Nov 22, 2022
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GFF College Dining Survey submitted November 2022 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 As someone with Celiac disease, it's often very hard for me to get a healthy balanced meal from the available options in our campus dining hall. What stage are you in college? Senior 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. If i consume gluten, I throw up for 24+ hours and it takes me a week+ to recover from that exposure. 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 varies significantly 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, 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. As a first year, I was required to use any-20 (20 meal swipes a week), and any semester after that I used FlexBoard 1 or 2 because any-20 only allowed me to eat at certain places, some of which I couldn't get gf food. Flex allowed me to buy snacks that are gluten free from our on campus convenience shop. Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes, I got a single dorm so that I wouldn't have to worry about a roommate bringing gluten into my room. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Not anyone who takes the time to ensure my safety. 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 offer more plant-based and gluten free options in the main line, so that people with food allergies wouldn't have to build their meals from extra options around the dining hall. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it I don't always have the option to eat the quick grab and go options, which is limiting in when I can actually eat on busy days. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? Yes, I recommend a single because otherwise you have to deal with a roommate bringing gluten into your room. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? We only have 1 dining hall. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? There's a few good gluten free restaurant options in town such as the Thai restaurant "Tawan", "Yak and Yeti", "Playa Bowls", "Veggie Hunter", "The Grazery". What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Talk with the dining hall staff. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Eat a snack before you go out for the night. Some people will offer gluten free chips, but the cross contamination risk is pretty high. 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? We have a surprisingly high number of gluten free restaurants within walking distance of campus. Anything else you would like to add? Make connections with upperclassmen who have allergies so that they can show you where is safe to eat and where isn't.
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gffadmin
Nov 08, 2022
In College Survey Responses
GFF College Dining Survey submitted November 2022 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Milk Allergy Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions B- Explain your rationale for that grade The allergen table only had meat options, anyone who was vegan and needed the allergen table couldn't eat What stage are you in college? Senior 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. Intense pain 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, I cannot eat safely at any dining halls 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. Didn’t do a meal plan, went in there a few times & had nothing to eat. Following years I had my own kitchen 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. 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? Having dairy-free options without meat Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it Some things are dairy free but not vegetarian Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? Yes i had to get a dorm w a kitchen What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Avoid all of them What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Sweet pea cafe in town is vegan What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Try to find a place w safe foods What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Eat beforehand Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions D Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop? There aren't a lot of restaurants that are safe to eat at Anything else you would like to add? N/a
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gffadmin
Oct 24, 2022
In College Survey Responses
GFF College Dining Survey submitted October 2022 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Milk Allergy Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions B+ Explain your rationale for that grade Good amount of food for students with restrictions What stage are you in college? Senior 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. Wide spread bodily sickness non-life threatening 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? Totally yes, was 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, Ability to eat well was a small 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. No meal plan Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes I registered it under allergies 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? A separate section for allergen friendly foods Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it Figuring out of foods has dairy I will look the food up to check 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? Add a label stating what allergens are in each food more visibly What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Bring lots of snacks to school What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Find out how to request a food if the food served has something your allergic to What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Try to eat before the party there are often a lot of allergens at parties 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? Not many places other than grocery stores Anything else you would like to add? No
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gffadmin
Oct 24, 2022
In College Survey Responses
GFF College Dining Survey submitted October 2022 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Gluten Intolerance Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions B Explain your rationale for that grade There are options for people with food restrictions but not enough. Also sometimes those options are not open all the time and may take longer than other options to get. 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. It upsets my stomach, I don't have an epi-pen. 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 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 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 meal plan I had on campus was based on a dollar amount where you paid for the things you ate. Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes, online form Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Yes, guidelines online as well as people in the health center who can guide eating options. 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? Implement more options for students with food restrictions and make them available at all times. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it They don't have many options so if i want something more specific that also fits my restrictions I have to order food from off-campus. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? No, the dorm rooms are not connected to dining halls at my school. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? The Cafe Q dining hall has the most options and the best variety. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Stock up on things that you enjoy. The dining halls have snacks and foods you can prepare on your own in some dorms. There are many options nearby campus that offer gluten free things and accept Q cash. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Stock up on the snacks you enjoy that fit your restrictions and get in contact with the office of accommodations and nutritionists. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Don't eat foods that are not labeled because you might not know what is in them or what is used to make them. Certain drinks may also contain allergens so its important to know what you can and can't have. 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 many options for people with food restrictions. I like going out to eat, mikro and Eli's are great options. Anything else you would like to add? n/a
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gffadmin
Oct 23, 2022
In College Survey Responses
GFF College Dining Surveyy submitted October 2022 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Gluten Intolerance Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions B Explain your rationale for that grade Offer tons of vegan choices but the food is not great. What stage are you in college? Sophomore 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. Severe stomach pains. 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 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 a meal plan that includes dining dollars for food of my choice and the dining hall. 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. 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 offer higher quality food that tastes better. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it The food offered does not taste good. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? Yes there is a greater chance I move off campus faster. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Continue to include the variety of options for all people but increase the quality of the food. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? I tend to bring a lot of gluten free snacks with me from home. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Look on the website and see what services are offered before you get there. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Make sure you get a good meal in before drinking and drink hard liquor to avoid the stomach issues. 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 so many places for all to eat within walking distance of our campus. The town offers so many options of different food for people with all different restrictions. Anything else you would like to add? no
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gffadmin
Oct 23, 2022
In College Survey Responses
GFF College Dining Survey Submitted October 2022 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Peanut Allergy, Tree Nut Allergy Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions C Explain your rationale for that grade While the food is safe in the ‘MyZone’ allergy room, the quality of the food is subpar and frequently the same thing. It’s equivalent to what you’d feed a sick dog: rice and chicken most days 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? 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 a class four peanut allergy, and I am tactile to it. I will anaphylact if I consume peanuts. My treenut allergy is not as bad, and each nut varies with allergen severity. My worst is hazelnut. I carry multiple epipens as well as Benadryl everywhere I go. My throat will close, I’ll vomit, I’ll break out in hives- and this is just from the (luckily) only reaction I’ve ever personally had. 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 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, 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. My freshmen year I had the unlimited plan, as all freshmen are required to be on that plan. This year (my sophomore year) if we live on campus we are required to have either an unlimited meal plan, or 14 meal a week plan. You cannot be on no meal plan if you live on campus. Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe.] Yes. It was an easy process, I just needed to fill out a form and have my doctor sign it. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. We just changed to a new nutritionist a week or so ago, but our last nutritionist was a very poor advocate for everyone using the MyZone room (which is allergy friendly) 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? Considering the fact that so many people having peanut/treenut intolerances, I would ensure every main dining option had no chance of contamination with those protects. For the MyZone room, I would exclude the top 8 allergens from coming in contact with anything, instead of picking and choosing when students come and go what’s a contaminant. My school wouldn’t be open to this because our chefs are lazy and cannot even cook chicken properly. Often times the chickens raw or over cooked, or somehow both. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it Salve in particular does not know how to handle feeding their students. It’s a rumor that they fired a ton of the chefs during Covid, but that’s just what I’ve heard. In general my concern doesn’t lie in my allergy right now- it’s the fact I am struggling to find edible food in my dining hall. It’s awful, and if I was given the chance to go off the meal plan to buy my own food I would. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? It’s making me consider living off campus so I don’t have to deal with the meal plan. They don’t impact my housing decision otherwise. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Don’t go to Salve in general if you want to actually eat food. We have one main dining hall and it’s shit. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Fast food will save your life. Stock up on any snack you feel safe eating. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Stock up on safe foods, go to the store and pick up cold cuts, and buy pre-made meals you can toss in a microwave. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Salve isn’t a big party school and I personally don’t go to parties; in general though don’t eat at peoples homes if you don’t know what’s in their kitchen. 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? Newport is a great town, and since it’s a tourist location most restaurants are well equipped to deal with allergies. Jo’s Bistro in particular is great if pricey. Anything else you would like to add? N/A
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gffadmin
Oct 23, 2022
In College Survey Responses
GFF College Dining Survey submitted October 22, 2022 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Gluten Intolerance, Milk Allergy Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions A- Explain your rationale for that grade They offer many good alternatives for people with food allergies and different diets What stage are you in college? Junior 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 get stomach pains when I eat certain gluten or dairy products 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? Totally yes, was 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, 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 the meal plan that had mostly dining dollars, but also included a few meal swipes a day where you could get however much food you wanted as one meal. 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. 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 include just some more variety Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it My biggest challenge is making sure I find time to eat good nutritious meals that fit my dietary restrictions 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 look in advance online and see what meals they are having for the day to plan around what I want to get What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? my advice for eating in the dorm is to have easy snacks that are quick and easy to make in a rush and can fit into a busy schedule of going to classes and other activities What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? I recommend taking advantage of all of the dining halls and trying them all out to see which one works best for you What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? My advice is to have a good group of friends who will be there to look out for you and make sure u you aren’t exposed to anything you are allergic too 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 many locations around that offer many options for people with food allergies Anything else you would like to add? Coastal does a great job of accommodating for students, and I have always had so many options that were healthy, fit my food needs, and were delicious!
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Oct 23, 2022
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GFF College Dining Survey submitted October 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 They don’t offer anything gluten free 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 violently sick, bloating, nausea, vomiting diarrhea 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, I cannot eat safely at any dining halls, I have sufficient options at all of the dining halls, I do not have sufficient options at any dining halls 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. none 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. 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? Make eating gluten free easier Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it I don’t eat at the dining hall Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? I commute to school What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Bring your own lunch What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? I don’t dorm What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Don’t dorm at molloy What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? None 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’s many options in the town Anything else you would like to add? None
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gffadmin
Oct 16, 2022
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GFF College Dining Survey submitted October 2022 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease, Wheat Allergy Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions C- Explain your rationale for that grade There are a bunch of options, I am just a picky eater and don’t want Cajun chicken every other night Food Service Vendor (if known) Gourmet Dining 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. Celiac disease with an allergy to wheat, break out into hives 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, Ability to feed me is fairly consistent across dining halls, I feel safe eating at any dining hall on campus, 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. I have a 15 meal per week plan and I don’t even use that many meals per week Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. I did, I’m able to change my meal plan anytime and not have one if that is what I wanted Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. There was one but they quit, they are still finding a replacement 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 separate the vegan and gluten free sections because they are not the same thing. I would also add gluten wraps into the sandwich station as an option and more prepackaged salads without croutons. They added wraps last year and they recently added gluten free pizza as well. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it If don't like any of the options at the dining hall that night I go back to my dorm and eat a microwave meal that I purchase at the store. Annie’s Mac cheese is yummy or gluten free chicken nuggets. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? I don’t think so. I am able to have a toast oven and air fryer because of the celiac since there’s a kitchen in my dorm which I can’t use due to cross contamination. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Starbucks has gluten free bagels and a separate toaster. Naz has typical hot foods, 2 protein choices, 2 starch choices, and 2 vegetable choices What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Amy’s frozen Mac and cheese, applegate frozen chicken nuggets, any frozen meal that can be made in the microwave. Make pancakes and soups at home, freeze them and bring them back to microwave What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Bring more food than they think into the dorm, whatever they don’t eat a roommate will probably eat or can donate it to a food bank. Make an appointment with the new head of dining when there is one to discuss options. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Know what drinks have gluten and don’t before getting there. 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? Bunch of surrounding places have gf options. Little pizza heaven and calorussos have gf pizza and pasta. Red Robbin gf buns and dedicated fryer, Henry on clays has gf bun and a bunch more Anything else you would like to add? Finding gf food isn’t difficult, the quality of the food here is just different then a home cooked meal like I’m used to.
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gffadmin
Oct 10, 2022
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GFF College Dining Survey submitted October 2022 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 Lots of options! Dining hall is great and there is dedicated space for gluten-free food. Many off-campus dining options that are safe! 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. Digestive discomfort, fatigue, and trouble focusing 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, Ability to feed me varies significantly across dining halls, I have at least one safe dining hall, but avoid some 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. For freshman year, I had an unlimited meal plan. The food was fine but I prefer my own cooking so I did not get a meal plan sophomore year. Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes, Pitt is very accommodating. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Yes, I have contact with the campus dietician and one of the dining hall’s chefs. I was able to text the chef to request specific meals. 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? A gluten-free dining section in the other dining hall on upper campus. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it The dining hall is on lower campus and I lived on upper campus. It was inconvenient to walk down the hill for food from the safe dining hall. The other dining hall was located in my dorm but had limited options and most of the time they weren’t safe options. I dealt with this by using to go containers and transporting food from lower campus back to upper campus. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? It did not impact my housing decision. I would recommend those with gluten allergies to live on the lower campus to be closer to the safe dining hall and closer to classes in general. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? The best dining hall is the Eatery. Avoid the Perch because of limited gluten-free options. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Talk with your roommate to keep your foods separated. Pastoli’s is a gluten-free pizza restaurant that is safe and delivers! What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Register with DRS and talk to the campus dietician. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Eat before or bring your own snacks. 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? Many options! Favorite places on campus are Colombian Spot, Roots, and Eat Unique. I like food shopping at Target, Aldi, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s. Anything else you would like to add? Pitt is an amazing school with many options for gluten-free foods that are safe!
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gffadmin
Oct 10, 2022
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GFF College Dining Survey submitted October 2022 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 2/3 of the dining halls have an allergen-free restaurant— I wish it was in all! Staff are usually willing to help but sometimes don’t understand. I do wish there were more gluten-free options at C-stores & at the student center, but there are definitely options. Allergens are listed online (Net Nutrition) & on signs but are occasionally absent. As someone with celiac, eating at IU is 100% doable but on occasion difficult. 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. GI distress 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 many dining halls, Ability to feed me varies significantly 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? 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 relatively large meal plan both years. A meal plan is required first year. I have a meal plan with both dining hall swipes and flexible dining money. 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. Dietitian 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 be more consistent with having safe food more easily accessible in non-dining hall restaurant locations such as the student center. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it Lack of food variety. If you communicate with chefs ahead of time, they are very willing to make you more unique meals. Chef Jack at Forest is great! 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? McNutt & Wright have allergy-free stations. In Forest dining hall, pay attention to signs, may need to ask for chef or manager. IMU is a difficult place to eat except for salad bar. Wells library has gf bread at restaurants & good cross-contamination protocols. What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Microwave/fridge/large freezer. What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Keep safe microwaveable meals in your dorm. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Eat beforehand, and stick to safe snacks available while at 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? Most restaurants know what gluten-free chocolate is. I like Siam House as it has an extensive GF menu. I also like Chick fil a, Azzip Pizza, & Chipotle in Bloomington as they all have good protocols if you mention an allergy. Anything else you would like to add? IU is a great school in many aspects, & I’m very grateful to go here. There are some downsides in terms of food offerings, but it is possible to eat safely. For me, it is definitely worth it to go to IU & I’m glad I decided to go here.
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gffadmin
Aug 30, 2022
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted August 2022 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions B- Food Service Vendor (if known) Aramark Explain your rationale for that grade Options are available, but cross contamination plays a huge role What stage are you in college? Sophomore 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. completely gluten free, avoid cross contamination 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 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? cross contamination. didn’t say anything 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 actually dropped my meal plan. The school had to pass it through a board to allow it though, and my doctor had to write a note Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes. Got out of meal plan Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. yes 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? Just one completely gluten free bar Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it cross contamination, avoid everything that I have the slightest question about 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? make sure to ask questions if you are unsure! What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? veggies, dominos gluten free pizza What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? make sure to talk to the kitchen staff! What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? do not eat there unless you know how the food was made 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? cracker barrel, applebees, chick-fil-a Anything else you would like to add? nope!
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gffadmin
Aug 29, 2022
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted August 2022 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 They have safe options but lack certain staples like chicken fingers 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. Severe stomach pain 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 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 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. Unlimited in the five dining halls Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes. I was shown around the main dining hall 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 variety and no Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it I’m not sure yet 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? Ask. Everyone is as helpful as they can be What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Lots of snacks! What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Set up a meeting with Disability office and ask to meet with head chefs What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Not sure yet 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? So far the small places I have been were good. I got cookie dough from Alumni Cookie dough in town!! Anything else you would like to add? No
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gffadmin
Aug 25, 2022
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(Scroll for Multiple Responses) Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted September 2022 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 Out of dining hall places such as food in downtown, food on our main street or restaurants like chipotle, Moe’s etc. are here. However, dining halls are very good. Every dining hall on campus has at least 2 gluten-free options . Always a type of meat / protein. Can also personally text dining hall chefs to prepare gluten-free pizza , sandwiches or anything you’d like. Also never got sick at a dining hall and always liked going. 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. If I eat it I have bad stomach pains 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? 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 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. Freshman year was all access to dining halls, I ate here 3 meals every single day out of the week, have pictures of chicken parm, tacos, pizza , sandwiches . Now that I live off-campus in an apartment I cook more but still eat at dining halls and other places on campus every day or so. I eat at fraternity house when the food is safe . Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes, when we came on tour the whole dining hall service personally gave me their phone numbers (before I decided on a college) and walked me through the dining hall, gave me food to try, and sat with me allowing me to ask any questions. I also registered for SDS, I now have a card that allows me to call the campus bus when needed, extra time on school work, etc. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. There are, my celiac isn’t as severe so I haven’t joined any . 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? Maybe just more diverse options but it is a dining hall so you get what you get. They would be open to it, they always send out surveys asking what to do better Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it If you don’t like what’s given you gotta either eat the food available, walk far to get more food, or don’t eat. I just learned to not be so picky and try new things . Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? No, carrick was closest to the new dining hall but the old one was my favorite so dorms don’t really matter What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Best is stokely, then west What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? I usually had junk food in the dorm/ chips What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Get a feel for all restaurants within walking distance on Main Street, not a far walk so if u don’t want dining hall food then you go out What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Eat before 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? Not too many post-party/bar places for celiac disease. For regular lunch/dinner it’s great but not a lot of fast food which is usually the case everywhere Anything else you would like to add? Email me if you have any questions, SDS does more than I described, Knoxville’s a great city , go vols Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted August 2022 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Gluten Intolerance, Shellfish Allergy, Other (describe below) Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions B- Explain your rationale for that grade If I were JUST gluten free it would be easier- FABULOUS meals! However, I have a long list including gluten, some dairy, raw vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, beans, legumes, beef, pork, and highs fat foods, it’s a bit harder for me to find food. They have SO much variety and *usually* I can find something. I had an initial meeting with the dietitian on campus who made me feel so comfortable, especially because there’s a menu online, so if I can’t find foods I can use my dining dollars at a campus restaurant, or find food right off campus. But most of the time the food on the menu is not served so I’m stuck eating lettuce because I used my meal swipe. I was also told I could just ask for a plain chicken breast, rice, or vegetables at any time- I have found this to not be true, and it’s absolutely embarrassing too when servers make you feel stupid for suggesting such a thing. Overall, when there’s food, it’s SO GOOD. But there’s equal times where I have to go without food. Because the website is false. 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. Gluten, most milk products, eggs (not cooked into anything), raw veggies, cruciferous veggies, beef, pork, lamb, shellfish, apples, highly processed foods, high fatty foods, and most or some of the time: vegetable skins, beans, legumes, tomato sauce, high soy products, corn syrup, and blue dye. These are all intolerances except shellfish, which is a mild allergy, due to unexplainable symptoms that could only be diagnosed as IBS, most likely caused by connective tissue malfunction in my intestines, caused by my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Symptoms include pain, cramping, extreme bloating to the point I am unable to breathe, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, and brain fog, depending on which and how much of the trigger foods I eat. Shellfish allergy causes a slightly itchy throat and diarrhea. 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? 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, 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 do not have sufficient options at any 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? It was partly my fault, they were serving both Turkey sausage and pork sausage. I accidentally went to the wrong station and ate pork sausage. 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 are required to select an unlimited 7 day meal plan with 300 dining dollars, or 5 day unlimited (no weekends) with 400 dining dollars. Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. It is processed separately through the school dietitian. We met and discussed my options. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Yes. I can talk to the dietitian and chefs on campus about options, but the chefs are impossible to find. 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? Include the contained allergens on the food labels that already exist at each station. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it Having some food groups, or food all together unavailable to me. I keep food from the grocery store stocked. I also cannot eat any of the breakfast served, other than fruit, so I eat breakfast on my own. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? I asked for a private or shared bathroom, but was given a room with a community bathroom. What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Always ask about allergens if you are’t sure! If food looks good and you want to eat it, ask so you aren’t missing out! My favorite dining hall is Stokely! The dining halls are fine, but the Panda Express and Canes have nothing for people avoiding gluten… just go to Chick-fil-A or somewhere off campus if you’re tired of the dining halls! What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? Ask for an additional fridge if your roommate plans on keeping food and you have issues with CC! I always keep yogurt, protein bars, protein powder, frozen fruit, frozen grilled chicken, and rice on hand! I always keep sauces I love and salsa in my fridge as well so I can dress up boring grilled chicken if I need to! I use a rice maker for easy meals because other than a microwave, it’s the only cooking device allowed in dorms. My favorite snacks are popcorn, rice cakes with peanut butter, oranges, cinnamon chex, and tortilla Chips! I’m not totally sure about delivery, but there are amazing places that are walking distance from campus downtown! What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Look at your school’s online menu every few weeks, see what restaurants are in and around campus, chat with student disability services and the school dietitian, and make a list and easy meals you can make in a dorm, as well as snacks and things you’d want to keep in your room. What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? DON’T ACCEPT DRINKS IF YOU DONT KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM! Even if you know WHO they came from! 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? LOVE my town! Good golly tamale is dedicated GF and has the BEST ginger snap banana pudding! There’s some terrific Asian places with incredible options. We have a Trader Joe’s close by. We even have a GF donut shop!!! Anything else you would like to add? Nope! (:
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Aug 25, 2022
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted August 2022 Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes Celiac Disease, Other (describe below) Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions B- Explain your rationale for that grade I’ve gotten sick a few times, and the ordering process is confusing for people with allergies sometimes. And one of the staff didn’t know what I meant by gluten free, the rest of the staff I’ve interacted with have all been great though. There’s multiple options and they usually have a gluten free special everyday but the repetition of meals makes it harder to eat. What stage are you in college? Sophomore How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease? 5+ Food Service Vendor (if known) Bob Appetit 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. Lactose intolerant 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? Somewhat 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, 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’ve had a few reactions and mess-ups, and I would leave message/suggestion in the dining hall complaint/suggestions email, but I never really got any response 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’s a required meal plan depending on the dorm you’re living in but if you have a reason you can get the balance reduced. You can also have it upgraded if needed Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes, I didn’t do it the first year because I didn’t realize I needed to. But I have registered with the disability office this year. They were accommodating, but not as accommodating as I would’ve liked. Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Yes, I have a direct line to one of the chefs and can talk to the staff about questions if needed 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’m not sure if my school would open to these suggestions or not. But I would definitely have better labeling options. When ordering I think it would be smart to have the ability to flag an allergy for gluten or vegan since those are the most common things. Also make sure the staff knows what gluten is. Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it I just didn’t feel safe all the time, sometimes it was really confusing ordering food because I wasn’t sure if it was “actually” gluten free or not. Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? No it didn’t 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 and make sure to talk to the disabilities office What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? I used DoorDash a couple times last semester every one or two weeks. I would buy snacks from the student store which had many gluten free options What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Talk to disability office and get a tour of the dining facility with a chef What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? I don’t really party so I don’t know- but bring your own snacks maybe? 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’s lots of different places to eat gluten free around the city. There’s even a gluten free bakery that has amazing pastries. The only issue is a lot of them are further away and some are not on doordash Anything else you would like to add? no I think that’s all
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted August 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) Chartwells Explain your rationale for that grade I was diagnosed after I moved off campus but still felt that I had plenty of options in my dining halls. A manager would come speak to me and prepare my food separately in the back. Many items were labeled as well What stage are you in college? Recent College Graduate 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 am non-symptomatic but cannot eat gluten 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? 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, and 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. We had meal swipes and dining dollars. The amount you received/paid for depended on your year Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes, I was also given the name of the manager of every dining hall and was able to speak to all of them about my needs Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. Yes the chefs are very knowledgeable from my experience 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 felt my school was very good about allergies. They had a separate fridge for allergy friendly foods as well such as different milk options Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it I was diagnosed with celiac halfway through college so learning how to handle the new diet plus figuring out the dining halls was challenging at first Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? I was diagnosed after 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? Speak to the cooks/managers. They are there to help you. All of them were specially trained about celiac from what I saw What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? HUGE fan of chipotle. Always bring a small snack in your bag when visiting a friends dorm so you have something to eat What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Speak to the dining hall managers What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Don’t be reckless and drink/eat whatever. Always bring a snack with you that you know is safe 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 were a few great places but they were all about 20 min away so it’s difficult unless you have a car Anything else you would like to add? I felt my school was very good about accommodating for celiac
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Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted August 2022 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 Limited options and more than one instance of mislabeling non-gf food as gf 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 do not carry an epi pen, I only avoid 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? Mostly not 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 do not have sufficient options at any 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? YES Describe each incident. How did your school respond? They promised improvement going into sophomore year 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. Emerson is a small school with few dining halls. My meal plan involves 24 meals a week from this dining hall Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe. Yes I did. I asked for more lenience on missing class due to Celiac flare ups or reactions Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe. There are no resources provided to me that I trust 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 and thorough allergy training. Emerson claims they are making these changes Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it It’s so incredibly socially isolating. Everyone goes out to eat and the way I deal with it is just by sitting there and drinking water Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why? No it did not What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid? Never eat food made in the Max. Unless you’re eating something pre-packaged, make sure to ask about the allergy situation What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? There’s a blaze pizza, chipotle and 7/11 on the same block as the dorms What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive? Talk to housing, talk to the dining hall chef, talk to student services. Emerson will provide these What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions? Do not eat anything you didn’t bring with you 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? As I said, blaze and chipotle are reliable favorites. There are also pricier restaurants that I have once or twice a year Anything else you would like to add? NA
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