Accommodating children special dietary needs school nutrition programs

The school nutrition program may modify meal offerings for children with developmental disabilities and for children with special dietary needs.

The school nutrition program is required to offer special meals at no additional cost to children whose disability restricts their diet as defined in USDA’s nondiscrimination regulations, 7CFR Part 15b.26 (d).

In many cases, these special nutrition needs can be accommodated through offer verses serve or by providing additional meal choices.

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.

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