Food Allergy and Celiac College Student Survey submitted January 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
Labels were not made available at all dining halls. Arrangements in advance were required from some easily accessible dining halls. One dining hall, furthest from main campus had gf options readily available
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.
Celiac disease must completely avoid gluten and cross contamination
If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten?
Moderate: React sometimes
Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school?
Mostly not what I expected
Check all boxes that apply to your college experience
My school has many dining halls, Ability to feed me varies significantly across 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.
Two meals per day, swipe card with points equal to money
Did you register your food restrictions with your student disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe.
Yes, we fought very hard to try and get changes made. They wanted me to preorder my food so it would be ready which was unreasonable since I never knew exactly when I would want to eat
Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe.
Chef tried to work with me
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?
Labels on food letting me know if things were gf in ALL dining halls.
Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Availability at any given moment. Other kids could go in and eat whenever and whatever they wanted
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why?
No we didn’t think about it, assuming they would accommodate better
What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid?
West Village had the most readily available gf food and this should be the case in all of them
What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
Chipotle and we kept my fridge stocked with microwaveable entrees, nachos in micro, yogurt in fridge
What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive?
Speak with dining services and disability services. Hopefully changes are being made
What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions?
Wasn’t a big issue, I stuck to what I could ingest and stayed away from beer etc
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?
PF changs, Chipotle and pizza easily accessible off campus
Anything else you would like to add?