teacher wants list of foods

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It sounds like my daughter's preschool situation is very similar to other posts I have read. Teacher and I have requested parents not bring in snacks containing peanut products, but no way to enforce. On the positive side, the teacher asked me to come up with a list of foods that are "ok". clearly items like fruits, veggies and yogurt are fine, but I hesitate to list specific items (which is what she wants) like graham crackers, saltines, etc.. since companies do change the ingredient list from time to time. However, I do not see parents with allergy-free kids reading ingredient lists. I n fact I would be impressed if they did choose from a list I would provide, so perhaps its best for me to come up with some sort of conservative list? Any input would be appreciated!

On Sep 7, 2007

I can email you a fairly comprehensive list with many choices for parents. I don't see your email in your profile, though.

On Sep 7, 2007

I think 'safe lists' can be OK depending on how they are used, you know? I would not feel OK with my child eating things other bought without me checking but I would be OK with using it to limit nuts/peanuts being brought to school. Other parents need *something* to help them figure out what they can bring. I agree, they can't be expected to accurately read labels. There are foods that are very unlikely to end up containing peanuts/nuts like graham crackers and saltines. It could happen but much less likely than some other types of foods.

In my son's preschool everyone pain into a fund and I brought all the snacks. Is that an option for you? If your child isn't going to eat the food I don't think a safe list is necessarily a bad thing. And if your child is going to eat the food having a system where you check the snack and sign off on it daily could work with the safe list. Some schools do that and keep a back up snack for days when people bring the wrong thing.

On Sep 8, 2007

Thank you so much for these posts! You have listed some very goos ideas and suggestions - really put my mind at ease. If its possible to mail me the list you spoke of that would be wonderful. My email is: [email]memeyerand@wisc.edu[/email]

I will also see if having parents contribute money and I buy snacks is an option for parents - I would be happy to do this.

My hope is that my daughter wouldn't be eating food from other kids anyway, but just worry about the 1 in 100 chance little Jimmy offers her a bite of his PBJ. She knows to ask if something contains peanuts and not to eat it. But I could easily see Jimmy saying, "No, it doesn't have peanuts." :-o Thanks again!

On Sep 8, 2007

OH BOY - WATCH OUT!!!!

I tried the "collect money and I'll shop for snacks" for one year of school. NEVER again!

The first month was the only month all of the families contributed. After that some chose not to and the school was useless in collecting the money too so I ended up paying for snacks for many of the kids. This gets expensive!!!

I do not recommend going down that road - it is not fun!

On Sep 8, 2007

Here's ours for this year:

SAFE FOOD LIST

Fruit Veggies Yogurt- Yoplait, Dannon Goldfish Crackers Kozy Shack Pudding Sargento cheese sticks/ string cheese Candy- Nerds, Skittles, Safe-T-Pops, Dum-Dums (filled Dum-Dums are NOT safe), Sweet Tarts, Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Pops, Twizzlers, Starburst, Swedish Fish, Rolos, Starburst Jelly Beans, York Peppermint Patties, Smarties, Runts, Mike & Ike

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