If your child has special dietary needs and requires a food substitution, a Special Diet Statement must be completed and returned to your Food Service manager. Please read the regulations below, and take the Special Diet Form and a copy of our menu to your doctor to complete the form.

Dietary substitutions are governed by both federal and state regulations. Those regulations and Osseo Area Schools ISD 279 procedures are summarized below. School nutrition managers are responsible for ensuring that these regulations and procedures are followed.

Lactose intolerance

Lactose-reduced milk will be made available to any student with a written request from a parent or guardian. If your child needs lactose-reduced milk, please contact the school nutrition manager at the school your child attends.

Food allergies or other dietary restrictions

All other requests for accommodations require a completed Special Diet Statement from a licensed physician. The statement must include both the items the student cannot eat and the items that may be substituted. Please bring a copy of the school breakfast/lunch menu to your physician appointment so the physician is aware of what foods are served at school. Although an annual update is not required, the district may request an updated document, as needed.

Return the original completed Special Diet Statement with the licensed physician’s signature to your school’s school nutrition manager.

All requests for modifications are decided on a case-by-case basis by the school nutrition director, district or school nursing services staff, and the site school nutrition manager. In some cases, an Individualized Education Plan or Health Plan developed by a building team will include direction regarding school meals.

School Nutrition staff members are not trained medical providers and will never determine if a child can or cannot eat a particular item. That decision belongs only to parents, guardians, or licensed medical providers. Parents or guardians are welcome to visit our kitchens and review the ingredient statements on labels at any time by making an appointment with the school nutrition manager at their child’s school. However, ingredients may change at any time without notice by the manufacturer. Please be aware that we cook and bake from scratch in all of our kitchens, including using flour products and making bread. Our kitchens are not wheat-free facilities.

For questions or concerns regarding special diet accommodations for students, please contact Jeff Ansorge, School Nutrition Director, at 763.391.7064.

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Jeff Ansorge

Irfan Chaudhry
Assistant Director

Colleen Fairbanks

Melanie Gates

Julie Moberg
Lead Food Service Specialist

James Quast
District Chef