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,
with the exception of coconut. It is important to note, pre-packaged peanut
butter and jelly sandwiches or snacks may contain peanut/tree nut, contingent
on school districts’ preferences. Pre-order allergy-aware menus are available for students with food allergies, other than or in addition to peanut/tree nut. The mechanism in place to protect students with food allergies is pre-ordering off the appropriate menu.
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 Operations Managers receive monthly allergy training from
our Director of Nutrition Services, Toni Bowman, MBA, RDN, SNS. Additionally, our Operations Managers, Food
Service Directors, and Registered Dietitians are ServSafe Allergy
Parents/guardians, fill out the monthly allergy menu order form each month and return
it to the cafeteria by the due date indicated.
For students with multiple food allergies, please fill out Unique
Allergy-Aware Menu Needed 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. For your convenience, you may place funds on
your child’s lunch account or provide payment with the order form. Pre-ordered allergy meals will be prepared and
packaged separately and labeled accordingly. Please let your child know to tell
the food service worker they have a pre-ordered meal and your child will
receive their meal with their name on it.
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.