Interested in Special Diets? We Want to Hear From You!


SNA's Journal of Child Nutrition & Management

For many students, eating some of the menu items offered in the reimbursable meal can pose some risks to their health, and in severe cases be downright deadly!

Students with food allergies or other dietary restrictions, such as soy, gluten, peanuts, corn, wheat and/or dairy may require a modification from the nutrition department’s menu. Some students may have textural or aesthetic issues to certain foods. Other students may suffer from a swallowing problem that makes it difficult to eat properly. These are just a few examples of why a special diet accommodation can be made. (Per USDA, there must be a medical reason, and not a preference, for the meal modification.)

With increasing requests for special diets in schools, it is important nutrition program directors are aware of research-based practices in making these accommodations effectively. Consider sharing strategies, research, tips or stories from your own experiences with others involved with school nutrition programs in the November 2019 issue of the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management.

Published articles will be useful to the school nutrition community and showcase how challenges related to management of special diets were resolved or provide evidence to guide future research and policy development on this topic. We invite your submissions in the follow categories: Commentary, Current Issues, Practical Solutions or Research in Action.


  • Submission deadline—May 15, 2019
  • Submission categories:
    • Commentary—Brief opinion piece that stimulates thought, challenges the status quo and provides suggestions for research in action
    • Current Issues—Review of current literature or discussion of an aspect related to special diets
    • Practical Solutions—Description of a problem or challenge and discussion of the solution that led to improvements in the school meal program
    • Research in Action—Original research reports
  • To read the author guidelines, visit the Contribution and Reprint Guidelines page

Questions? See the flyer or contact Catherine Strohbehn, Editor of the JCN&M at

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