FOOD ALLERGY POLICY AT QUAKER RIDGE SCHOOL
ALL QUAKER RIDGE CLASSROOMS ARE NUT FREE: This means that all food brought into the classrooms MUST BE peanut and tree nut free.
How do I know if a product is nut free?
Please read all packaging and ingredients carefully. In the US, any food that contains peanuts or tree nuts must have mention of it on the packaging or in the ingredient list.
What will the label say if it is NOT nut free?
Any label that reads “Contains peanuts/tree nuts”, “May contain peanuts/tree nuts”, “Made in a facility that processes peanuts/tree nuts” or “Made on equipment that processes peanuts/tree nuts” is NOT CONSIDERED NUT FREE and cannot be served to the class.
Can I send in food for holiday and birthday celebrations?
Yes. You may send in food for holiday celebrations and special events as long as the food is labeled. Any food items without the proper labeling will be sent home unopened. NO EXCEPTIONS. We are also asking that you DO NOT bring in home baked goods. If a product contains any language indicating that it may contain peanuts, made on equipment with peanuts, made in the same facility with peanuts or similar language – it cannot be served to the class.
How about snack time, does my child’s snack also need to be nut free?
Your child’s individual daily snack may not contain any nuts. However, in this instance only the label on your child’s individual snack may read “Made in a facility that processes peanuts/tree nuts” or “made on equipment that process peanuts/tree nuts”.
Is the Quaker Ridge Cafeteria nut free?
The food that is available for purchase by the school is nut free. However, the Quaker Ridge cafeteria is not peanut/tree nut free facility. This means that students are permitted to bring nut products from home. (Peanut butter, almond butter, granola bars, etc.). Please note, however, that students who bring in peanut/tree nut products for lunch will be asked to sit apart from any child with a peanut or tree nut allergy.
You have only addressed nut allergies. How about other allergies such as gluten?
The Food Allergy Committee has carefully considered the needs and safety of all Quaker Ridge students. We recognize children have food sensitivities other than peanuts and tree nuts. We ask the parents of those children to please provide the classroom snacks their children need for the teacher to keep on hand for classroom events.
Can you recommend any foods that are safe to bring into the classroom?
The food allergy committee has compiled a list of peanut/tree nut free treats as a guide. Foods are listed below and also on the Quaker Ridge Website in the PTA section under FOOD ALLERGY COMMITTEE.
This list is only a guideline. Labels do change so we ask that you read all labels before you purchase.
Sugar Bowl Bakery brownie bites - Costco
Everyday Favorite cupcakes - Gristedes
Mini cupcakes - Cherry Lawn Farm
Chips Ahoy (Original)
Entenmann's - Pop'ems mini donuts (white powdered, glazed & devil's food)
Entenmann's - Little Bites (read label for nut free flavors)
Mini cupcakes from Stop n'Shop (must say Peanut Free on the label)
Dixie cups ice cream
Popsicle brand ice pops
Snackwells chocolate or yogurt covered mini pretzels
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats
HEISLER PASTRY – NUT FREE BAKERY - 1321 North Ave. New Rochelle
**DUNKIN DONUTS ARE NOT PEANUT/TREE NUT FREE**
We thank you for your help and consideration in keeping all students safe at Quaker Ridge School. Please feel free to contact us at anytime with any questions or concerns.
The QR Food Allergy Committee
FOR MORE INFO:
One in 13 kids is now affected by a food allergy -- a 100 percent jump from just 15 years ago -- meaning that one or two of the kids in any given setting is allergic. While some have only had mild reactions, such as an itchy mouth, hives, or upset stomach, 40 percent of allergic kids have had a severe reaction, including life-threatening anaphylaxis, which usually involves symptoms such as a rash, hives, swelling of the lips or tongue, vomiting, abnormal heartbeat, and trouble breathing. And all children are vulnerable. One-quarter of reactions at school occur in kids who have never been diagnosed with an allergy. "Any person who's had a mild allergic reaction has the potential to have a major reaction in the future," says pediatrician Hugh Sampson, M.D., director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center, in New York City, and a Parents advisor. "But we still have no good way of predicting who will have such reactions or when they will occur."