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The Case of Free Food and Anaphylactic Allergies

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The Case of Free Food and Anaphylactic Allergies

Andrea Valverde

By Benjamin Chatham


Baruch’s vibrant club life is not only a great way to get involved on campus and meet new people, it is also the best way to score a free lunch while doing so. Almost every club event comes with complimentary pizza. If you’re lucky, you might even stumble into an event with catering, or various types of ethnic food. For most students, the choices seem endless.

For me, though, the choices end far too soon. As someone with anaphylactic allergies (meaning allergies with rapidly onsetting and life-threatening reactions) to dairy and nuts, most club life food is off-limits from the start. I can count off so many times that I walked into a club event with my friends and fellow members of student government, but all I saw were lines and lines of pizza boxes! While it can no doubt be frustrating for people like me - so hungry and nothing you can eat - there are still events where you can often find food! If you know that a certain type of food tends to steer clear of your specific allergens, those events can always be a safe bet. For me, that tends to be Latin food. For other people with allergies, such as wheat, it may be something entirely different.

There’s also a ton of places to find fairly cheap food around Baruch if you’re in a pinch - I frequent La Posada for cheap burritos, or Potbelly for a filling and affordable sandwich. Bringing lunch from home is always an option as well. Us with allergies should not be discouraged if we can’t find much food safe for us! There are options around Baruch that will keep our tummies and our wallets happy, and allow us to enjoy club life without the free food perk.