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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Celiac Students and Gluten Free Lunches
From the American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA)

As the school year draws to a close, we've been doing a lot of thinking about the growing number of children with celiac. How many of these kids able to get their medically required gluten-free diet at school? From what we know, not very many How does it make them feel that they can't go through the lunch line with their friends? Some shrug it off. But I expect that many, like my 10 year-old, will tell you about the special Thanksgiving lunch with tears in their eyes.

Many parents are not aware that the National School Lunch Program requires schools to meet the needs of students with special dietary needs.

The ACDA has launched a brief online survey to find out who is providing lunch for student's with celiac disease - parents, school, or a combination. This survey will help us to work with parents so that their children can have gluten-free meals during the next school year.

If you have a child with celiac disease attending school
please CLICK HERE to complete the survey.

Your input is vitally important to demonstrate that our children want and need gluten-free meals at school. The survey will close on July 2, 2008.

Thank you for helping us help our kids!

American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nuchia Foods Corporation has a Gluten Free Chia Seed Flour. The Company is Certified Gluten Free. This would be a great product for schools.

The Chia Seed Flour has Omega-3, lots and lots of fiber and protein. One serving, two tablespoons, has more calcium than 2 glasses of milk and more omega-3 than 2 pounds of salmon. More information is available:

It is available in small 22 oz consumer size, but is also available in commercial sizes, 25 lb, 50 lb. I have tried the flour, it has the taste and texture of wheat flour and can replace wheat flour 1 to 1 in most recipes.

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