Just received a letter from our school district stating that the cafeterias will no longer serve peanut butter and jelly. The letter also asked that peanut products not be sent in for lunch, snack and field trips.
We are so excited about this! Of course this does not mean it's a peanut-free environment and we still need to be cautious but we're breathing a little easier at the moment!
On Aug 17, 2008
Every little bit helps! This is great news!
On Aug 18, 2008
That's so wonderful!
On Aug 28, 2008
What a huge relief!! Everyday I drop my kids off at school I say a prayer, then when I pick them up (no, my kids can't ride the bus because they won't let her take her epi pen) I say a huge sigh of relief. I would be so estatic that they would do that. I know you will still worry but what a huge relief!!!!!
On Sep 3, 2008
please tell me how you got it peanut free?
On Sep 4, 2008
I just got my childs school to take the Peanut butter and Jelly off the menu also. kids can still bring it but the school will no longer have it. The way I did it was to go to the director of food services and email him a copy of the federal law at usda.gov stating that the school would have to provide him with a safe lunch at school everyday and they would have to make sure that it was free from cross contamination. I also stated that we were putting his life at risk knowingly EVERYDAY and that was NOT acceptable to me. They sent out letters that next week to all parents saying that they were no longer serving it because of childrens with severe food allergies.
On Sep 4, 2008
This is fantastic. I am going to save this thread (or print it and save it) so I can try this in another year or so. I think it is crazy that our school serves "triple peanut butter and jelly" sandwiches only 10 or 15 feet away from the peanut allergy table. Good for you!
On Sep 4, 2008
I actually did nothing to make this happen. My son has been in this school for 6 years. He sits at a regular table making sure no one around him is eating peanut butter. I speak to his teachers at the start of each year but no special provisions have been made.
The letter regarding this new policy from our district came in the mail. It was due to the large number of students with peanut allergies. There is one elementary school that has been following this for years (unfortunately not mine). This program is now district wide. The schools are not peanut-free because people are free to bring in peanut products. They are asked not to. I'm thrilled because I feel that at least now people will be talking about allergies in general.
On Sep 6, 2008
Wow, I'm so happy for you! I wish that would happen here.
May I ask what state you are in?
On Sep 8, 2008
you should suggest to your school to try a soybutter..
studies have shown that children/adults cannot even taste the difference between PB and SB.
it is a great alternative so that the non-allergy kids think they are eating nuts while the PA kids also get to have "PB&J"
On Sep 9, 2008
You're not alone - many kids have peanut allergies and must be careful, I dont know where you are, but we just opened and ice cream store that is truly 100% peanut and nut free.
Alot of people have come and returned for ice cream cakes for their kids becuse we are safe and we prove it with all allergen reports.
The store is located in Brick, NJ and called Mr. Creamees's Ice Cream, located at 2060 route 88 east. 732 295-2963
If you dont live nearby - please spread the word. Thanks