MEAL SUBSTITUTIONS FOR MEDICAL OR SPECIAL DIETARY REASONS
USDA Regulation 7 CFR Part 15b requires substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose medical diagnosis restrict their diets. A child with a medical diagnosis for food modification must be provided substitutions in foods when that need is supported by a signed statement from a licensed medical authority.
In Cases of Food Allergy
School food service will makefood substitutions for individual children who are medically certified as having a special medical or dietary needs. This provision covers those children who have a food intolerance or allergies (severe and non-severe).
Medical Statement for Children with Special Dietary Needs
Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement explaining the foods to omit and food substitutions and must be signed by a recognized medical authority (MD, DO, NPC, PA). 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 meal tray. Medical statements completed by parents or guardians will not be accepted.
Arrange for Meal Accommodations
Please contact Casey Hayes D60 Registered Dietitian, at 719-595-4282, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more questions or concerns regarding meal accommodations.