Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey Submitted December 2019
Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions
Explain your rationale for that grade
has gluten free options but not everywhere around campus
What stage are you in college?
How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease?
Less than 1
Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes
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.
My reaction is different every time but i’ve been sent to the hospital before, get hives sometimes, throw up a lot, stomach cramps, nauseous, stomach pains, etc.
If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten?
Extremely: React to even small traces
Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school?
Somewhat what I expected
Check all boxes that apply to your college experience
My school has only a few dining halls, Ability to feed me varies significantly across dining halls, I have at least one safe dining hall, but avoid some dining halls, I 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.
My meal plan is very small since i only eat at one dining hall on campus
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.
If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions?
have different types of dining options for all different types of allergies everywhere and have different stoves and pans for the allergy foods. I’m not sure what my school would think about doing this, probably doesn’t want to spend the money since all their students don’t have allergies.
Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
I can only eat at one dining hall so i need to make time to go there if i want to eat on campus during the day
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why?
What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid?
I only eat at Fuel, i can only get a salad other dining halls so i don’t really go other places
What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
I usually go grocery shopping to get certain foods or get gluten free pizza delivered
What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive?
Go online to see what each dining hall has for food options before getting your meal plan
What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions?
eat your own food before you party and take your own drinks that are gluten free
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?
not many gluten free restaurants just a lot of fast food. I like to eat at culver’s though because of their gluten free buns
Anything else you would like to add?
grand valley needs to be more aware that there are a lot of people with allergies and all colleges in general should make everyone feel welcome and have different options to eat instead of things like just a salad for them