Due to the School Nutrition Program being regulated by different laws than the rest of the school district, a separate form and process is required in order to make accommodations in the cafeteria.

The School Nutrition Program is required to make accommodations to a student's meal offerings if the student has a medical or physical impairment that restricts the child's diet. This may include students with disabilities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This accommodation can be written into the student's Individual Education Plan and/or Section 504 plan. The School Nutrition Program will make efforts to collaborate with the School Health Team, School Counselor, and/or staff at a child's individual school to ensure their dietary needs are met. To request an IEP or Section 504 meeting to determine eligibility, please contact your school counselor or principal. Accommodations will only be made for medically necessary reasons.

All special dietary requests are processed at School Nutrition's Central Office and must be submitted on the current Eating and Feeding Evaluation Form. This form must be completed and signed by a licensed healthcare provider which may be a medical doctor, podiatrist, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, dentist, optometrist, or osteopathic physician. This form must be reviewed and approved by the School Nutrition Central Office Staff prior to accommodations being made.

The licensed healthcare provider must include the following information on the Eating and Feeding Form for an accommodation to be made:

  1. A description of the mental or physical condition/impairment(s).
  2. A description of how the mental or physical condition/impairment(s) restricts the student's diet.
  3. A statement of the accommodation(s) requested for this student. This could include foods to avoid and substitutions, specific grams of carbohydrates required per meal for a student with diabetes.
  4. Licensed healthcare provider's signature.

The School Nutrition Program will not request medical records or laboratory results, but may contact the licensed healthcare provider if the diet prescription and/or requested accommodation needs clarification.

Please note: The information on the Eating and Feeding Evaluation Form is considered a diet order or diet prescription and the cafeteria staff must follow it accordingly once submitted and approved by the School Nutrition Program. If the student's physical or mental condition changes and the dietary restrictions subsequently change, the licensed healthcare professional must submit a new form to the School Nutrition Office. The School Nutrition Staff cannot take verbal orders from providers or parents about the change of a medical condition. Once the new form is submitted and approved by the School Nutrition Central Office staff, the new accommodation(s) will be honored.

For more information on special dietary requests, please contact Kathryn Terry, Supervisor of Nutrition Services/Registered Dietitian at (423) 498-7286 or via email.

For a list of which foods contain certain allergens, please review the Nutritional Analysis Page.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.