School lunch menus are designed for the majority of the school population, so some pupils with special dietary needs may need to be catered for individually. It is up to the school to decide whether this is feasible, although every reasonable effort should be made to cater for all pupils' needs.
Food allergies and intolerances affect thousands of children. Other children follow special diets for religious or cultural reasons, or because they are vegetarian or vegan. You’re expected to take reasonable steps to cater for this as part of your service. School food menus are designed for most of the school population, so you may need to cater for some children’s special dietary needs individually. It’s up to you to decide if this is feasible, but we can help you to meet legal requirements and make your school food safely available.
A food allergy is when the body’s immune system reacts unusually to a specific food, because it mistakenly perceives it as a threat. In children, the most common food allergies are to milk, eggs, peanuts, nuts, fish and shellfish.