Gluten-Free Dining Halls Open At Two Colleges

Gluten Free Dining

Cornell University and Kent State have unveiled a groundbreaking on-campus food option: gluten-free dining halls.

The New York Times reported that Cornell’s Risley dining room, which re-opened this semester as a gluten-free food area, isn’t skimping on taste. Options include poke bowls, huevos rancheros and apple pie cupcakes.

“It’s a huge relief to know I’m never going to become sick because of the food I eat here,” said Amber Terschak, a Cornell senior with Type 1 diabetes, celiac disease and a corn an allergy. “Just to be able to eat a grilled cheese sandwich again is incredible.”

Of course, there’s also a PR and monetary benefit to this move. Shay Little, VP for student affairs at Kent State, noted that “families tell us that Kent has become a top contender because this option exists.”

Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment in Boston, noted that an estimated 5-10 percent of college students have celiac disease or other gluten-related disorders. A 2016 survey by the New England Celiac Organization also reported that “college students with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity face overwhelming complications in their social and academic lives.”