Food Allergies & Special Dietary Needs

Accommodations for Children with Allergies & Special Dietary Needs

A food allergy is caused when the body’s immune system mistakes an ingredient in food – usually a protein – as harmful and creates a defense system (special compounds called antibodies) to fight it. An allergic reaction occurs when the antibodies are battling an "invading" food protein. Although a person could have an allergy to almost any food, the following foods account for almost 90 percent of all food-related allergic reactions:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts (such as cashews and walnuts)
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Wheat

The Liverpool food service program will work with you to make reasonable accommodations, which adhere to the guidelines set forth by the USDA and the National School Lunch Program. Before accommodations can be made, you must submit a medical statement from your child’s doctor to your school nurse. Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement, which explains the food substitution that is requested. A recognized medical authority must sign it.

The medical statement must include:

  • An identification of the medical or special dietary condition which restricts the child's diet.
  • The food or foods to be omitted from the child's diet.
  • The food or foods to be substituted.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the alternative foods available for your child’s special dietary needs, please contact:

Food Service Department

Phone: 315.622.7170

You may also contact our resident Registered Dietician, Lindsey LaDue.  She can be reached via email at lladue@ocmboces.org.