Accommodating children with special dietary needs

04-Oct-2017 01:16

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners both work under the direction of a licensed physician.

This will safeguard program integrity while allowing appropriate flexibility for those families that do not have access to a licensed physician.

A Sponsor may, at its discretion, make substitutions for individual participants who are not "disabled persons" but are unable to consume a food item because of medical or other special dietary needs.

Below are forms, resources and guidance to be used for special dietary needs.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Education of the Handicapped Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 state that persons with disabilities have the support of these laws that prohibit discrimination and require that children be provided with a free and appropriate public education. In 2015, the USDA permitted states to expand the list of recognized medical authorities to improve access to meal accommodations for children with special dietary needs and alleviate administrative burden for the CNPs.

For more information, please refer to USDA Policy Memorandum SP 32-2015, SFSP 15-2015, CACFP 13-2015: Statements Supporting Accommodations for Children with Disabilities in the CNPs on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service School Meals Policy Web page at

Either medical statement must clearly identify the child’s: The Agency is required to make dietary accommodations, including texture modifications (such as preparing chopped, ground, or pureed foods), when a recognized medical authority provides a medical statement to the Agency for children whose disability restricts their diet.

As defined in 7 Section 210.10(m), an individual who does not have a disability, but is unable to consume a particular food because of a medical or other special dietary condition, is considered to have a special dietary need.

For the purpose of this MB, these entities will be collectively referred to as Agencies. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations under Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), sections 15.3(b) and 210.10(m), require substitutions or modifications in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for children whose disabilities restrict their diets.The Agency may, but is not required to, make food accommodations for these children.When food allergies result in a severe, life-threatening reaction, a child’s condition would rise to the level of a disability.This toolkit was developed by CDC to help schools in implementing the Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in School and Early Care and Education Programs Tool Kit for Managing Food Allergies in Schools Food allergies affect approximately 4% - 6% of children in the United States.Helping school staff to be prepared to prevent and manage a child’s severe allergic reaction can create a healthy environment where all school children can reach their full potential.

For the purpose of this MB, these entities will be collectively referred to as Agencies. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations under Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), sections 15.3(b) and 210.10(m), require substitutions or modifications in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for children whose disabilities restrict their diets.

The Agency may, but is not required to, make food accommodations for these children.

When food allergies result in a severe, life-threatening reaction, a child’s condition would rise to the level of a disability.

This toolkit was developed by CDC to help schools in implementing the Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in School and Early Care and Education Programs Tool Kit for Managing Food Allergies in Schools Food allergies affect approximately 4% - 6% of children in the United States.

Helping school staff to be prepared to prevent and manage a child’s severe allergic reaction can create a healthy environment where all school children can reach their full potential.

An individual with a disability is defined as any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities or is regarded as having such an impairment.