First Years University Nutrition
We serve breakfast, lunch, one afternoon snack and one evening snack. Children are taught proper eating habits. All meals are prepared based on nutrition required by the Illinois State Board of Education. We participate in the Illinois Child and Adult Food Program. Every family is required to submit annual Income eligibility applications.
According to the CDC's Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs published in 2013.
"Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated 4%–6% of children in the United States. Children with food allergies are two to four times more likely to have asthma or other allergic conditions than those without food allergies.
The prevalence of food allergies among children increased 18% during 1997–2007, and allergic reactions to foods have become the most common cause of anaphylaxis in community health settings.
In 2006, about 88% of schools had one or more students with a food allergy. Staff who work in schools and early care and education (ECE) programs should develop plans for how they will respond effectively to children with food allergies."
Any allergic reaction, including the most extreme form, anaphylactic shock, occurs because the body’s immune system reacts inappropriately in response to the presence of a substance that it wrongly perceives as a threat.