Special Diets and Nutrition

Common Questions and Topics

Click here for a list of topics and questions related to special diets, allergies and school menus

Allergies and Medical Conditions

Allergy Aware sign at Pyrtle Elementary SchoolIf your student has a diagnosed food allergy, food intolerance, medical condition or disability which requires a special diet, LPS Nutrition Services will accommodate that dietary request upon receipt of a completed Medical Statement for Children with Special Nutritional Needs form. Download a copy or ask your school’s health office for a copy. The form must be completed by a licensed health care professional (see page 1 of the form fo further instructions).

If your student does not plan to eat meals and school and will bring lunch from home, it is still recommended to make sure that the school has allergy and health information on file.

If you have additional questions about special diet meals, search our list of topics or contact us to request a meeting with our dietitian.

Religious, Cultural and Personal Dietary Choices

Our LPS student population is very diverse — from the range in age of our students (preschool through grade 12), to family traditions, personal background and lifestyle. Food choices are made for many different reasons, including cultural, emotional, economical, religious, ethical, environmental and personal health. We try very hard to offer a variety of foods from which students can select their meals. As a courtesy, our menu includes at least four or more entrée choices every day, including at least two meatless options, as well as several choices of fruits, vegetables, grain and milk.

If you would like to request a meatless or vegetarian diet for your student, please download a copy of the Medical Statement form or ask your school for a copy. Parents may also request lactose-free milk or soy milk, as a substitute for cow’s milk using this same form.

Still have questions? Use the Common Questions and Topics above which covers many topics including pork, fish, meatless and vegetarian diets.

Special Diet Menus

Picture showing location of special menus link on the mealviewer pageEach month special diet menus are prepared by the Nutrition Services Dietician. These are posted and available for cafeteria staff, students, families, nurses and health office staff.

View the Special Diet Menus

For your convenience, there is also a link on the Mealviewer page, just below the “My School Bucks” information.

When a student has very specialized needs, a team of LPS staff will work together with the student and family to provide the prescribed diet needed.

If you have a question about your student’s special diet contact us via phone or email or request a meeting.

What About Preschool (Early Childhood Program) students?

If your preschool student needs a special diet, have your health care professional complete the Medical Statement for Students with Special Nutritional Needs form and return it to your school’s health office or your classroom teacher.

Nutrition and Special Diet Resources

We have a list of resources on the web that are useful for visitors interested in special diets.

Every year the Ellyn Satter Institute helps tens of thousands of parents, grandparents, children, teens, adults, and health professionals reimagine and reshape anxiety-infused relationships with food into joyful journeys of healthful well-being.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. 

FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, and the oldest asthma and allergy patient group in the world.

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in more than 94,000 public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions nationwide. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to more than 26 million children each school day.

The Food and Nutrition Service administers several programs that provide healthy food to children. Administered by state agencies, each of these programs helps fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers, and after-school programs for providing healthy meals to children.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) represents 58,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide. Whether they are employed by the school district’s “Nutrition Services,” “Child Nutrition,” or “Foodservice” department, they are all working to provide healthy school meals that help students succeed in the classroom and beyond.

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Please contact our office with any questions or concerns related to special diets, special meals, or to request a meeting. Our department works closely with the health office staff as well as the School Administrative staff and other personnel such as special education and speech therapy.

We understand how important your child’s health is and school meals are an important part of their day. Serving a healthy, safe meal is a top priority.

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Lynn Goering, RDN

Nutrition Services Specialist
Registered Dietitian

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Accommodating Food Allergies

Special Diets and food allergies make up over 2,800 students in our District. Our Nutrition Services Department provides customized menus for these dietary needs, and works with families to ensure their child eats safe and healthy while at school.