So much progress is being made in the areas of public awareness/meal accommodations for those with food allergies and celiac disease. I am amazed when I meet people in our Cafe, Deli and Bakery who have gotten a food allergy diagnosis for their child and just assumed it would never get any easier when it comes to feeding their child. They just get the diagnosis, eat at home and look no further for support or information. They often assume that their child will never be able to go away to college. I always try to share with them how to safely advocate for themselves/child and bring them up to date on what is happening in food allergy advocacy.
When dining out I recommend having only one person advocating/talking to the servers or staff. In the case of a child, I suggest that only the child and 1 parent/primary caregiver do the talking because the child has to learn to advocate for themselves and the parent is there to be sure the child is communicating their allergies correctly. However, well meaning family and friends often chime in and it becomes very confusing. Quite often misinformation is given by friends or other family members who don’t really understand it all. This creates confusion and is dangerous when trying to deal with life threatening food allergies in a restaurant. I always encourage those with food allergies to carry their epi-pen and a food allergy card. Lastly, I give them information that will help them moving forward. The best place for that information is FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education).
If your child has Celiac or Food Allergies and is heading off to college in the next few years this information is for you because it shows you which colleges are taking Food Allergies seriously enough to put a program in place. You need this information because there is not a One Dish Cuisine Cafe, Deli and Bakery on every street corner.
Now there are 26 Colleges with Food Allergy Programs in place!
Last year I posted about this. In 2015; FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) started a pilot program with 12 colleges in order to train them about the severity of food allergies, how to safely accommodate the dietary needs of these students. Also they helped with support groups for the students as well as in housing, dining, health, disability and emergency services too. The good news is that in 2016 they added 14 more colleges. The complete list is below:
- College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.)
- George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.)
- King’s College (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)
- North Carolina State University
- Texas A&M University
- University of Arizona
- University of Chicago
- University of Michigan
- University of Northern Colorado
- University of Southern California
- Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, Ind.)
- Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)
New in 2016:
- Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)
- Colgate University (Hamilton, New York)
- Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)
- North Dakota State College of Science (Wahpeton, North Dakota)
- Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana)
- Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, New York)
- Stanford University (Stanford, California)
- The University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
- University of Colorado Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
- University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio)
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, Illinois)
- University of New Hampshire (Durham, New Hampshire)
- University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota)
- Worcester Polytechnic University (Worcester, Massachusetts)
PS: There are quite a few who have put in programs on their own.
I hope this information is helpful and you stay safe out there! For More Information visit FARE’s Website: Click Here