Finding a College Student Support Group
On-campus support groups can serve students with food allergies, celiac disease or other dietary restrictions. Joining or creating such a student group can have many great benefits as you navigate this new phase of your life.
- Support: Having food allergies or celiac disease can feel isolating. It can be difficult to find safe places to eat or take part in events that involve food. Getting to know other students who face similar issues can be a good source of support. It can also spark new friendships.
- Mentorship: Coming onto campus as a new student with dietary restrictions can feel overwhelming. A student group can give you a way to meet upperclassmen who have learned how to manage their restrictions with confidence. They can recommend on-campus and off-campus dining options, saving you time and effort.
- Education: Group members can collaborate with college and university staff to improve food allergy education among the student population.
- Advocacy: Want to see changes on your campus? A group of students advocating together can be a powerful way to get things done and better meet student needs.
Check your school's student group database to see whether such a support group exists at your school.
Can’t find a support group on campus? These groups are completely run by student volunteers, often with help from staff or faculty advisers. Think about creating one!
If you are interested in starting your own student group, FARE can help. Download our Guide to Student Groups.
Is online support more your thing? You can also join the FARE College Food Allergy Support Group on Facebook.
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