Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted February 2020
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
Little to no options, i usually end up eating from a vending machine. There are also no microwaves available so bringing food from home is also difficult.
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.
Brain fog, poor balance, joint pains, headaches, skin rashes, nausea, stomachaches. A very tiny amount of gluten can cause an unpredictable combination of these reactions for a few days to a few weeks
If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten?
Very: React to small amounts
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 only a few dining halls, I cannot eat safely at any dining halls, I do not have sufficient options at any dining halls, Ability to eat well was a small part of my college selection process, 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.
I refuse to eat anything other than packaged foods while on campus. The few times i have attempted to eat freshly prepared foods, i didn’t go through with it after seeing how food was handled by staff
Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe.
No, unaware if this is even an option here
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?
More options, considering the keto diet crazes out there, I am surprised there aren’t more carb-free options.
Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
The fact that I simply don’t eat while on campus, or I will order food from nearby restaurants, which gets expensive and wastes time with either delivery or picking up the food
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why?
It would be absolutely impossible to dorm here.
What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid?
What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive?
What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions?
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?
Restaurants in the area are great and have options. Chipotle is close and will deliver to the school, however, the delivery people often get confused with finding the buildings so it takes time away from studying (sometimes over an hour on multiple occasions) to try and figure out where the delivery person is to be able to direct them to you.
Anything else you would like to add?