GFF College Dining Survey submitted December 2022
Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes
Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions
Explain your rationale for that grade
Staff had little training on cross-contamination or even what gluten was. Was served couscous. Kept trying to offer me vegan dishes. Would just give me food without even giving me an option as to whether I wanted it, even when there were multiple GF options I wasn't given a choice. Had me so fatigued, sleeping all day, hair falling out, and anemic.
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.
No epipen. Diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, anemia.
If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten?
Extremely: React to even small traces
Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school?
Not at all what I expected
Check all boxes that apply to your college experience
My school has only a few dining halls, I cannot eat safely at any dining halls, I do not have sufficient options at any dining halls, I asked alot of questions before I came but the reality was different
Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall?
Describe each incident. How did your school respond?
Was served couscous and told it was gf. Was not even told what it was. I just got a simple apology
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 no longer have a meal plan.
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.
Yes, but they were ineffective due to the poor staff training
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?
Better staff training, communicate with student
Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
No challenges now that I avoid 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?
Get one 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 like the apartments
What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
Chic-fil-a and Wendy's doordash. Favorite snack is plantain in airfryer
What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive?
Don't eat at the dining hall, shop at Food Lion
What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions?
I don't know, I don't party
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?
I like Wendy's and Chic-fil-a and the local food lion has a great gf selection
Anything else you would like to add?