Special Dietary Needs
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) provides resources for School Food Authorities to help meet the special dietary needs of infants and children and maintain records to document compliance with meal requirements. Several federal regulations and state statutes apply to accommodating students with special dietary needs.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) memos contain additional information on special dietary needs.
Forms and Templates
Special Diet Statement
Form to request a special diet for a participant with a disability.
Notification to the Minnesota Department of Education About the Use of Fluid Milk Substitutes
Required form used to notify the state agency if offering fluid milk substitutes.
Special Diet Guidebook
This guidebook provides a summary of special diet requirements to help sponsors and providers understand when and what type of accommodations they can/must provide for participants who request a special diet. It also includes many key resources, including the special diet request form, a list of approved fluid milk substitutes, a summary chart of allowable beverage options for each Child Nutrition program.
This document includes multiple resources designed to assist schools in meeting the needs of their students who require accommodations for food allergies.
Fluid Milk Substitutions in the Child Nutrition Programs
Non-dairy beverages that meet USDA's fluid milk substitution criteria.
Special Diets Request in School Nutrition Programs (24 minutes) - 7/11/18
This video provides an overview of special diet requirements students requesting menu modifications in School Nutrition Programs.