1. National Food Service Management Institute's Help Desk - Call toll 1-800-321-3054 , Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Central.

2. American Dietetics Association National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics, Consumer Nutrition Hot Line - Call toll free 1-800-366-1655 .

3. FDA's Office of Consumer Inquires - Call (301) 443-3170 for questions on food safety.

4. USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline - Call toll free 1-800-535-4555 .

5. International Food Information Council Foundation - Call (202) 296-6540 .

Nutrition Newsletters and Books

American Dietetic Association's Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, 2nd Edition
Roberta Larson Duyff
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2002
ISBN: 0471229245
Dr. Irene's Nutrition Tidbits Newsletter
Free email newsletter prepared by a nutritionist who is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.
Food Reflections
Free email newsletter from the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension.
Nutrition Action Healthletter
View featured articles online.
Nutrition and Your Child
Practical advice for parents and professionals who work with kids.
I need to Get in Shape, Now What?!
Carol Leonetti Dannhauser and Sandra Michaelson Warren
New York, NY: Silver Lining Books, c2001. 199pp. ISBN: 0-7607-2068-1
Excellent all in one resource that talks about nutrition basics, eating right, weight management, fitness, and maintaining a healthy body.
Mayo Clinic on Healthy Weight
Donald D.Hensrud, MD Editor in Chief
Rochester, MN: Mayo Clinic, 2000. 200pp. ISBN" 1-893005-05-4
This book provides the tools to get started with an individual weight loss and maintenance program.

Food Allergies

Food Allergies

Students with allergies are permitted food substitutions "only when supported by a statement from a recognized medical authority that includes recommended alternate foods." A recognized medical authority may be a doctor, a nurse, or a physician's assistant. Since most allergies continue, it is not necessary for a new statement to be secured each year. For example, if a student is allergic to milk and a medical statement is on file, fruit juice will be given to the student. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.