Suddenly my dear one with the T1d & the celiac disease is interested in buying school lunch. That sounds good to me. I’m sick to death of putting a smoothie, Kind bar, cheese stick, peanuts, and snap peas into an insulated bag, and feeling bad about not really washing the peanuts dish before I refill it with the next day’s ration. At this point in the school year, if it weren’t for the chronic illnesses and accompanying (imaginary) judgment of every teacher/nurse/opinionated aide who sees the contents of my son’s lunch bag, I’d let him put a box of cookies in his backpack and call it a meal.
The school’s food service has an informative web site. Readers can find each week’s lunch and breakfast menus online with carb counts and complete nutrition profiles. I see many menu items I think Bubs would happily eat. Users of the online menu tool can filter using a list of common allergens. Cool!
I filter out the peanuts: more than half of the things are crossed off. Those kids are screwed. I filter out for shellfish. No prohibitions there. I squint my eyes and choose wheat.
Practically everything is crossed off. Although, if Bubs could develop a liking for Grilled Chicken Caesar salad, we’d be in business! He might eat Beef Macho Nachos or Oven Baked Seasoned Wedges. Or a ramekin of Marinara Sauce.
AWESOME UPDATE FOR MY MEMOIR!
Thank you for your interest in the X School lunch program. We do have some options available for your 6th grade son. I spoke with Mrs. S, the Cook Manager at X School, and Bubs can start to order on Tuesday May 26th, 2015.
The protocol for ordering lunch is that he would come into the cafeteria each morning that he chooses to participate and place his lunch order for that day with Mrs. S. This allows our staff to prepare the meal separately and before the other meals that will be prepared. This process decreases the risk of cross contamination from other food items. We have Gluten free pizza crust to make pizza daily, we also have hamburgers and a non breaded grilled chicken filet that can offered with Gluten free bread/rolls to make hot sandwich selections. Every Wednesday we offer a Nacho bar that does not have gluten. I spoke to Mrs. S. and she said that we had the GF bread items on hand so Bubs can start to participate on Tuesday if he chooses to do so.
X school cafeteria has a few snack items that can be purchased by students a la carte that do not have gluten as ingredients, they are: Baked Crunchy Cheetos, Baked Lays potato chips, Kettle Corn, Switch, 100% fruit juice and a variety of fresh fruit.