School Lunch Menus
The number of schools providing gluten free lunches to students with celiac disease has grown significantly over the past two years. The accommodations provided depend on the number of students requiring gluten-free (GF) meals, the size of the school system and the overall philosophy of the school nutrition services. Some schools strive to provide a GF free meal which mirrors the one offered to general student population. This is the approach of the Rochester Public Schools in Minnesota. Other schools provide a GF entree option on a daily basis. Both approaches demonstrate that food service personnel are working with families to meet the needs of the students. They are success stories.
We want there to be many more successes in the months ahead and working in partnership with school food service personnel there will be. Sharing the ideas and experiences of GF lunch trailblazers is the perfect starting point in the process. Large or small the challenges are the same. Each must ensure that the gluten free meals are healthy and with care to avoid cross-contamination.
Alexandria City GF Menu
Over 11,000 students are enrolled in Alexandria City Schools. The population is spread out among 17 schools – 13 elementary, 2 middle, one ninth grade, and one high school.
The twelfth largest school district in the country has a student population of 173,000. It began serving GF lunches to students in 2007 and has expanded its offerings each successive year.
Minneapolis Public Schools
The Minneapolis school district serves 34,000 students. The Food Service Department posts its GF menus online along with the nutritional analysis of the meals.
Rochester Public Schools
The district’s food service program serves over 16,000 students in Pre-K through high school. It has 16 elementary schools, four middle schools, and three comprehensive high schools.
Sun Prairie School District
Sun Prairie, WI
The Sun Prairie Area School District serves over 6,000 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district has 11 schools — seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and one alternative learning center.