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Food allergies and college dining

Right about now, high school students everywhere are making choices about where to go to college. For some, that means adding a college's awareness of and sensitivity to food allergies to their list of criteria. It can be tough for new freshmen, away from home for the first time, to deal with finding food on campus they can safely eat. In addition, some students actually develop a food intolerance during their college years (including my son, who first got ill with gluten intolerance as a freshman). Fortunately, colleges and universities are (slowly) getting on board with addressing the needs of food-allergic and food-intolerant students, reports The Boston Globe. Boston College, Tufts, and College of the Holy Cross all have systems in place for food-allergic students, including intolerance to gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs. Brown University and Franklin and Marshall College recently opened allergy-free kitchens, where specially trained cooks will make students made-to-order, allergen-free meals. Stanford even has a peanut-free dining hall. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) has a useful website with FAQs, where you can "get answers to your questions about managing food allergies on campus. The database includes College Representatives and Student Ambassadors, who are students already attending school." If the school you're considering isn't registered on FAAN, contact them and encourage them to do so. And check out Delicious Living's tips for preparing your college freshman on the new Guide to Gluten-Free Living.

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