Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey Submitted December 2019
Food Service Vendor (if known)
Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions
Explain your rationale for that grade
Food is not safe from cross-contamination
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.
The smallest amount of gluten causes me horrible stomach problems, along with fatigue and joint 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?
Not at all what I expected
Check all boxes that apply to your college experience
My school has many dining halls, I cannot eat safely at any dining halls, I do not have sufficient options at any dining halls
Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall?
Describe each incident. How did your school respond?
Too many incidents to count, but all ended in stomach issues and fatigue. School did not want to let me out of meal plan
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 eat at a greek house for just about every meal
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?
I would suggest an environment free of cross-contamination. Probably not
Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Cross-contamination is my biggest struggle. I kind of just have to deal with the consequences
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why?
No, i was required to live on campus freshman year and in a sorority house sophomore year
What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid?
I avoid all dining halls now
What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
I purchase food that i keep in my dorm. I enjoy gluten free animal crackers, string cheese, and welch’s gummies
What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive?
In my case, i wish i had been removed from the meal plan and been able to live in an apartment so i could cook for myself
What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions?
I dont eat food unless i know its safe
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?
A few restaurants offer gluten free options such as strombolis and bulldog burger
Anything else you would like to add?
College is very difficult with a food restriction