USDA Child Nutrition Programs supports access to healthy meals to all children, including children with disabilities who have special dietary needs. Under the law, a disability is an impairment which substantially limits a major life activity, which can include allergies
and digestive conditions
, but does not include personal diet or religious preferences
Before we can make modifications to meals, a Request for Special Dietary Accommodations
must be completed and signed by a State-recognized medical authority and returned to Food and Nutrition Services for processing. It is highly recommended that Attachment A: Foods to be Omitted and Substituted
is also completed to indicate specific dietary needs. Both of these forms are included in this Special Dietary Needs Packet
(PDF). Food and Nutrition Services will then review the request and determine the extent to which the request can be accommodated. Often times, further contact with parents/guardians and medical professionals is required to ensure appropriate modifications are made available. Until a determination has been made and a plan has been developed and communicated with our kitchen staff, parents are responsible for providing appropriate food for their child. Parents/guardians will be notified as soon as the plan is ready to implement.
USDA approved soy milk is available daily at all school locations. No forms or documentation is required to receive a soy milk.
In an effort to accommodate those students requiring meatless meal choices, Food & Nutrition Service offers a vegetarian entrée daily at all school locations.