Special Diet

Allergies & Special Meal Accommodations

 

Medical Statement for Children with Special Dietary Needs

Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement explaining the requested food substitution and must be signed by a recognized medical authority. The Medical Statement must include:

  • An identification of the medical or other special dietary condition which restricts the child’s diet;
  • The food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet; and
  • The food or choice of foods to be substituted.

If we do not receive a medical statement from a recognized medical authority, your child will receive a regular lunch tray.  Medical statements completed by parents or guardians will not be accepted.

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Religious Statement for Children with Special Dietary Restrictions

Each religious dietary request must be supported by a statement explaining the requested food substitution and must be signed by a recognized religious authority. The Religious Statement must include:

  • An identification of the religious belief which restricts the child’s diet;
  • The food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet; and
  • The food or choice of foods to be substituted.

If we do not receive a religious statement from a recognized religious authority, your child will receive a regular lunch tray.  Religious statements completed by parents or guardians will not be accepted.

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All forms can be given to the school Cafe Manager or emailed, faxed, or mailed to the following:

alex.hallmark@dcsms.org

DCS Child Nutrition Department

325 Kapik Drive

Hernando, MS 38606

662-449-7234 (Fax)

 

Meal Substitutions for Medical or Special Dietary Reasons

USDA Regulation 7 CFR Part 15b requires substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets. A child with a disability must be provided substitutions in foods when that need is supported by a signed statement from a licensed physician.

 

Food Allergies

Generally, children with food allergies or intolerances do not have a disability as defined under either Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Part B of IDEA, and the school food service may, but is not required to, make food substitutions for them.  However, when in the licensed physician’s assessment, food allergies may result in severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reactions, the child’s condition would meet the definition of “disability”, and the substitutions prescribed by the licensed physician must be made.

School food service may make food substitutions, at their discretion, for individual children who do not have a disability, but who are medically certified as having a special medical or dietary need.  Such determinations are only made on a case-by-case basis.  This provision covers those children who have food intolerances or allergies, but do not have life-threatening reactions (anaphylactic reactions) when exposed to the food(s) to which they have problems.

 

Products Containing Allergens

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Allergen Alert Meanings

ALERT IN SYSTEM  MEANING
“MEALS ONLY” Cannot have extra food sales.  Money in general account is only to be used for meals.   
“ALLERGY- NO DAIRY PRODUCTS” Cannot have any products that contain milk, cheese, butter, margarines.  *See dairy allergy information sheet.   
“ALLERGY- NO SEAFOOD” Cannot have fish products or shellfish (shrimp).  No tuna fish, no catfish, no fish nuggets, no shrimp.  No Worcestershire sauce. 
“ALLERGY- NO SHELLFISH” Cannot have shellfish (shrimp) but can have other seafood items like tuna fish, catfish & fish nuggets. No Worcestershire sauce. 
“ALLERGY- NO MILK TO DRINK” Cannot have milk to drink but can have other dairy products or items that contain dairy products
“ALLERGY- NO EGG PRODUCTS” Cannot have any eggs or any of our products/recipes with eggs cooked inside them.  *See egg allergy information sheet. 
“ALLERGY- NO EGGS UNLESS COOKED IN PRODUCT” Cannot have plain eggs like inside breakfast burrito, sausage egg & cheese bites, in tuna fish, or green eggs with ham.  Can have baked products containing eggs- such as items on egg allergy sheet.
“ALLERGY- NO GLUTEN (WHEAT)” Gluten means anything that has ingredients listed of wheat, barley, or rye.  You may have to look at ingredient list for any of these items.  If it says the words: gluten, wheat, barley, or rye- then they can’t have it.  Cannot have bread products.     *See gluten allergy information sheet.
“NO SPICY FOODS” No spicy/highly seasoned items like spicy chicken sandwich, john wayne casserole, any meat with taco seasoning, or chilli seasoning.      
“NO TOMATOES/RED SAUCES” No spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, strombolli, lasagna.  CAN have fruity jello or red items, just no tomato based products that are acidic.  
“NO CITRUS” No oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, tangerines—any fruit with this consistency. No mandarin chicken.  
ALLERGY- NO PEANUTS, TREENUTS No nuts of any kind.  Treenuts include walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios.   
“NO PEANUTS” This includes all peanut products- peanut butter, peanuts oils, and peanuts. We are a nut free facility! 
“NO RED DYE” Look at ingredients list for red 40.  This is a red food coloring.  No Strawberry Fruity Jello.   
“ALLERGY- NO SOY” No products containing soy – protein derived from soybeans lower in fat than animal meat.  *See soy allergy information sheet.