Through a nationwide survey, NFCA will gain more insight to gluten-free life on college campuses to help make the transition easier for students.
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is on a mission to help gluten-free college students get the food and support they need to thrive on campus. While the organization already offers resources for students embarking on their collegiate journey, NFCA is actively working to expand the materials currently offered. Along with Easy Eats magazine, NFCA is conducting a short survey of students living with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders on college campuses to better address students’ most pressing concerns.
A recent settlement agreement between Lesley University in Massachusetts and the US Department of Justice placed celiac disease and special dietary needs on center stage, increasing awareness among universities of the importance of making these accommodations. NFCA is already working to train campus dining halls in safe gluten-free cooking through its program GREAT Schools, Colleges and Camps. Now, the results from the survey will help NFCA further stress the medical necessity of safe and diverse gluten-free food options in dining halls. The survey will also lend insight to the social challenges often experienced by gluten-free students on campus, allowing NFCA to offer more tips and resources to students for rising above these challenges.
Gluten-free undergraduate and graduate students can access the survey online here. NFCA encourages students to share this survey with fellow students living gluten-free on college campuses across the US.