Allergy-Safe Menus

Supply chain disruptions may occur due to COVID-19. Products may become temporarily unavailable due to shortages.  Food Service will substitute an alternate allergy-safe option.  For students with multiple food allergies, a unique menu will be developed to meet the specific dietary needs of your student.  Please use the link below to place your request.
 
 

Pomptonian's Food Allergy Practices

The safety and well-being of the students we serve is our highest priority.  As an allergy-aware kitchen, no meal is knowingly prepared on our equipment with any food that includes peanut/tree nut in the manufacturer’s list of ingredients.  It is important to note, pre-packaged peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or snacks, may contain peanut/tree nut, contingent on school districts preferences. Students with food allergies, other than tree nuts and peanut, are encouraged to pre-order a meal.

Please, be advised, Pomptonian staff prepares and cooks a wide variety of meals in the kitchens.  To minimize the chance of cross-contact, pre-ordered meals are prepared for students with documented allergies using ingredients that do not contain their known allergen in the manufacturer’s label.  Please make sure there is a note, from a Doctor of Medicine, on file in the nurse’s office.

The staff who prepares the meals for students with special dietary needs receives ongoing training on food label reading, cross-contact procedures, and food allergies.  Food Service Directors and Operation Managers receive monthly allergy training from our Director of Nutrition, Toni Bowman, MBA, RDN, SNS.  Additionally, our Operation Managers, Food Service Directors and our Director of Nutrition Services are ServSafe Allergy Certified. 

Each month a parent/guardian should fill out the monthly allergy menu order form and return it to the cafeteria by the due date indicated.  For students with multiple food allergies, please use the link above to request that a unique allergy menu be developed to meet the specific dietary needs of your student.  You may also contact your Food Service Director with any other questions.  Pre-ordered allergy meals will be prepared and packaged separately and labeled accordingly. Please let your child know to tell the food service worker that they have a pre-ordered meal and your child will receive their meal with their name on it.

For more information on why our best practices for managing food allergies include pre-ordering lunch, please read, “Why Pre-Order?” If you need further assistance or require more information on menu items, we can put you in touch with our Director of Nutrition Services, Toni Bowman, MBA, RDN, SNS.

We look forward to serving you.

Why Pre-Order?

In a restaurant there is a typical method for managing food allergies.

  1. A patron with a food allergy notifies the server.
  2. The server then notifies the chef. At that point the chef lets the server know what the patron can safely consume from the menu.
  3. When the chef prepares the meal, cross-contact procedures are put in place and ingredient labels are checked.

In this example, the restaurant is able to notify the patron what is safe to eat and has the ability to put cross-contact procedures in place before the meal is prepared.

“Cross-contact happens when one food comes into contact with another food and their proteins mix. As a result, each food then contains trace amounts of the other food. These amounts are so small they usually can’t be seen. Even this small amount of food protein can cause reactions in people with food allergies.” (Food Allergy Research & Education)

Pre-ordering is important because manufacturers may change the formulation of their products and substitute ingredients at any time with or without notice. For more information on food allergens and product labels please visit: https://www.foodallergy.org/resources/how-read-food-label

Our best practices for managing food allergies have been developed to be in line with the organization Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the Center for Disease Control Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies In Schools and Early Care and Education Programs, the Institute of Child Nutrition, and the USDA Accommodating Children with Disabilities in School Meal Programs.

A cafeteria is not set up in the same way as a restaurant. By establishing a pre-order system our staff is aware of the allergy, checks all product labels, and uses cross-contact procedures to provide a safe environment for students with known food allergies.

We look forward to working with you. Please contact your Food Service Director if you have any questions.


 
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