Schools Have To Provide gluten-free Lunch?
Posted 15 August 2008 - 07:30 AM
We had our own area in the freezer for his gluten free frozen meals and we had a pantry cabinet for all his dry goods.
There is a pdf file on the usda's website called "Accomodating Kids with Special Dietary Needs in the School Nutrition Program". It outlines the school's responsibilities.
Now we are in North Carolina and we are trying to work with the cafeteria because they cook everything here. Brandon wants to eat at the cafeteria like everyone else... so we are working on it. Not sure how it will work.
Posted 15 August 2008 - 10:30 AM
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), celiac disease is defined as a disability. The United
States Department of Agriculture Food and Agriculture (USDA) has adopted this definition as well, meaning
that all children with celiac disease are included under the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Guidance on
Children with Special Dietary Needs.
The USDA Child Nutrition Division oversees school lunch programs and requires public school systems to
provide substitutions for all students with food allergies and intolerances that qualify as a disability.
Public schools that receive federal funding are required by law to provide safe meals for children for food allergies and intolerance that are medically documented. This will generally not apply to private schools (unless they also receive federal funding). It requires documentation from a medical professional.
Last year we implemented a school lunch plan for my celiac son. He is the first celiac in the district to receive a gluten-free lunch. I have documented our journey and posted his menus over here. I can't express how much this has meant to my son. He feels almost normal when he gets to buy his lunch just like everyone else. I am confident in the measures the dietician takes to prevent CC.
Hope this helps.
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Posted 17 August 2008 - 01:12 PM
I was told yesterday that schools have to by law provide gluten free lunches to children diagnosed with celiac.
Is this true?
Do any of you have this done?
How much of a fight was it?
Yes actually the do have to provide a gluten free lunch that does not mean that you won;t have to pay for it. (I looked in to this with help from a friend who is an advocate for children with autism)
Anyhow I'm using this information more as a "Hey I could be requesting that you guys do this but instead I'm only requesting that you make accommodations X Y and Z for my daughter" you know a little incentive to show the school that I am a reasonable person!
I wouldn't trust myself with that many kids to worry about so I don't plan on putting that burden on the cafeteria people at the school.... it just seems like a lot to handle!
Posted 17 August 2008 - 02:49 PM
I would never trust them to be able to prepare a lunch, in the cafeteria, for my multiple food allergic child. I prepare her lunch for her daily. I have a hard enough time simply allowing her to be IN the cafeteria.
Mom of three....
Jay - 11
Bean - 8
Ian - 3
Posted 17 August 2008 - 03:26 PM
Posted 18 August 2008 - 12:16 PM
They start kindergarten tomorrow here in California, so this information is great. I tried talking to the principal a couple of years ago about my daughter, but she sent me to the district who were even less helpful. Now I'm armed with the information I need, maybe I can finally get this addressed. I loathe the idea of making three meals every morning for the next 12 years...
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