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Mother of child with food allergy concerned about menu choices

Question raised is a complicated one, but one which may be the school system's most pressing one now: Helping our already innovative Food Service Department serve healthier meals. As we see it, it is not simply a Food Service issue. It is a community one. The fix may not be an easy one, but is an overriding one which, in the long run, could do more for improving academic and athletic performance, test scores, and most important , improving health and reducing overall costs. For the writer, there is an immediate problem and for her child, a drastic one, and she says, Exposing young children to foods that can cause severe health problems an/or death is crazy to me. She asks if there is a higher power to go to. There is. The Adair County School Board, which meets each third Thursday of each month. The next meeting is Thursday, April 17, 2017. - EW

By Jamie Isabelle
Personal commentary

As a parent of a recent diagnosed child with a nut allergy, I find it upsetting to know that the school system exposes children to peanut butter on a regular basis.

For instance, today (Wednesday, April 16, 2014) was either peanut butter and jam or grilled cheese.

It's my understanding it may depend on which school the child attends to the menu options. If I am incorrect on this please let me know.

I understand a child needs a well balanced diet; however, if that is the only thing offered that day for lunch, how would that be a well balanced diet for my child?

There are other allergies that are just as dangerous like egg and shellfish.

Exposing young children to foods that can cause severe health problems an/or death is crazy to me.

I know of a child who can not even eat in the lunch room the day peanut butter is served due to being so allergic.

I feel there can be other foods provided instead of some of the most allergic types.

I wanted to express concern over this matter.

I would like to be able to go even higher with my concern, but I am not sure what avenue or people that I would need to contact. Any information would be very helpful.

Thank you, - Jamie Isabelle

This story was posted on 2014-04-17 03:38:52
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