Special Dietary Concerns

Special Diet Requests

Robbinsdale Nutrition Services makes reasonable substitutions to meals on a case-by-case basis for children who are considered to have a disability that restricts their diet. According to the ADA Amendments Act, most physical and mental impairments will constitute a disability.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 made important changes to the term disability to include any person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including major bodily functions. 

Major bodily functions include but are not limited to: functions of the immune system, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine and reproductive systems.

Robbinsdale Nutrition Services is not required to accommodate special dietary requests that do not constitute a disability, including requests related to religious or moral convictions or personal preference.

The Special Diet Request Form is found on the left hand side of the page and can be submitted to the Child Nutrition District office at 4148 Winnetka Ave. N, New Hope, MN 55427 or faxed to 763-504-8971, Attn: Brie Smith.

The department must have the "Special Diet Request Form" filled out by a licensed physician, physician assistant or certified nurse practitioner. The form must be completely filled out. If asking for a food to be omitted and substituted, please make sure numbers 1, 2 and 3 are complete or we cannot accept the form.

Milk Substitutions
MN State Statute 124D.114 requires schools to provide one of these alternatives for a student with lactose intolerance if the parent has requested, in writing, an alternative:
  • Lactose reduced milk, or
  • Milk fortified with lactase in liquid, tablet, granular, or other form, or
  • Milk to which lactobacillus acidophilus has been added.
Juice, almond or soy milk cannot replace milk in the National School Lunch Program.

Clarification on the use of milk, juice, and other beverages in School Nutrition Programs

Questions? Please call Brie Smith at 763-504-8048.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.