Special Dietary Needs

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) provides resources for sponsors that help them meet the special dietary needs of infants and children and maintain records to document compliance with meal requirements.

Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in the School Nutrition Programs is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) publication that provides operational guidance for school food service staff serving meals under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program to children with special dietary needs. View the publication on the USDA website. Resources are also provided from the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI).

U.S. Department of Agriculture Memorandums
Links to key USDA memorandums on Special Dietary Needs are provided below.