Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted August 2022
Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes
Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions
Food Service Vendor (if known)
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?
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?
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
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