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)
Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions
Explain your rationale for that grade
They try to help but don't have much variation or labels
What stage are you in college?
How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease?
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?
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.
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
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?