Fox Meadow Food Guidelines
Fox Meadow Food Guidelines
This letter is to inform you that we have over 70 children at Fox Meadow with food allergies or intolerances. Of these, 40 are life threatening. As you know food allergies are a major problem in this country with national statistics showing that 1 in 13 children have a food allergy. It is important to note that nation-wide, 25% of the severe and potentially life-threatening reactions reported in schools happened in cases in which children had no previous diagnosis of an allergy. A major health issue such as this one needs to be taken very seriously and it has always been our mission to make the safety and wellbeing of all our students our top priority.
Some students have such a high sensitivity to the peanut/tree nut protein that even a trace amount of the allergen can result in an anaphylactic reaction. The most serious reaction being respiratory difficulties, blockage of the airways, which if not treated can lead to death. Tree nuts include almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, pecans and walnuts. At Fox Meadow, we also have children highly allergic to dairy, sesame and shellfish.
Our goal is to reduce the risk of exposure to peanuts and tree nuts in the school building. Peanuts are the most common allergen associated with accidental exposure in part due to the stickiness of peanut butter. Nuts are full of natural oils that leave residues. While these residues can be removed with cleaning, it can be difficult to clean tables in the middle of lunch, for example, or for cleaning staff to clean oils off of tainted walls or door knobs during the day.
· New this year, we are actively discouraging you from sending your child in with any product containing peanuts, tree nuts or nutella to lunch. Managing children without separating those eating peanut/nut products is problematic. We will be auditing the lunch rooms to assess the issue. Children eating any nut product must wash their hands immediately after lunch.
· Our classrooms are nut free and we most grateful for your cooperation in this matter. We understand that nuts and nut products can be a source of high nutritional value for your child but we ask that you give your child these products at home. This measure will help enormously in keeping the nut allergic children safe. We continue to ask you not to send any projects into the classroom that contain peanut butter or nut products (like bird feeders).
· All our teachers celebrate birthdays in ways that do not involve baked goods. This practice is already in place in classrooms and the teachers are creative and fun in the ways they celebrate birthdays.
· Our “No food sharing” practice during snack and lunch is another established way that ensures safety in the school.
We trust that you understand how deeply important it is to respect and adhere to these guidelines. We realize this request may require added planning and effort on your part when packing your child’s lunch and snacks and we wish to express our sincere appreciation for your support and cooperation. If throughout the course of the year you have any questions or concerns about food allergy related issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We wish you and your family a safe and healthy school year.
Duncan Wilson, Cliona Cronin
Principal School Nurse
Suggestions for nut free snacks:
Warning: Never rely upon this list as a sole resource for protecting a child with food allergies. Always read the label before purchasing a product because manufacturers change their ingredients and processes anytime.
Fruits and Vegetables
· Apples, bananas, oranges, peaches, plums, cherries, grapes
· Baby Carrots
· Watermelon, cantaloupe
· Bell Peppers
· Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
Snack Crackers and Other Options
· Wheat Thins
· Cereals – Such as Shredded Wheat, Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops, Kix. There are several cereal options, just be sure to check the labels
· Gogo Squeeze Applesauce
· Sun Maid Raisins – Not the yogurt or chocolate covered ones
· Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars
· Pepperidge Farms Goldfish – Cheddar only
· Delmonte Fruit Cups
· Kraft String Cheese, sliced cheese and cheese cubes
· Yogurt – Yoplait
· Fruit Snacks – Betty Crocker, Annies Organic, Welch’s
· Pirate’s booty – aged white cheddar, sour cream & onion, Smart puffs
· Teddy Grahams
· Nilla Wafers
· Honey Maid Graham Crackers
· Premium Saltines
· Popcorn – Pop Secret, Act 11, Jolly Time, Orville Redenbacher, Skinny Pop
· Jell-O Pudding Cups and Gelatin
· Pretzels: Herr’s, Utz, Rold Gold, Pepperidge Farm goldfish pretzels (most varieties of these brands)
· Kraft Handi Snacks Pudding Cups
Special Occasion Treats
· Nabisco Oreos – Original in blue packaging
· Swedish fish, skittles, sour patch kids, smarties, starburst, twizzlers
· Hershey Kisses – Plain
· Kraft Marshmallows
· Annie’s organic bunny fruit snacks,
· Dum Dum Suckers
· Willy Wonka Candies
· Tootsie Rolls