Allergy free dining at Holy Cross

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February 17, 2010, 7:37 pm
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(NECN: Katie Daly, Worcester, Mass.) - Christine Miline is a junior at Holy Cross. This isnít her own private kitchen, but its pretty close.

 

In this kitchen at Holy Cross meals are made specifically for students like Christine who are allergic to certain types of food. For Christine its gluten, which means she cant eat regular bread, pasta and other baked products.


 

So this past year the college came up with a plan. She emails the kitchen staff what she would like to order for her three meals a day, then comes to pick it up so she can eat with the rest of her friends in the dinning hall. The chefs here know exactly what Christine is allowed to eat.

 

Its really no surprise, that the folks here at Holy Cross are seeing an increase in students with food allergies. According to the center for disease control and prevention the number of students with food allergies has increased by 3 percent just in the past 10 years.

 

On Wednesday Ashley Buckley came by the kitchen to pick a snack from the freezer. She recently found out that she is allergic to bread products and picked out gluten free pasta. For her its easier to get her meals here and its it also give her peace of mind.

 

College officials say while its extra work for their staff, itís worth it.

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