In the US, 5.9 million children under the age of 18 have some sort of food allergy. That’s 1 in 13 children, or roughly two in every classroom. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention reports that the prevalence of food allergies in children increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. As these numbers climb, there are steps we call can take to ensure our students stay safe. Read on to see the steps and protocols that Red Rabbit follows to ensure your students are safe and how you can continue to protect your students.
We understand that at a young age, children are navigating their developing palettes while also discovering intolerances and allergies. Our goal is to foster curiosity with new foods while giving children meals that nourish their growing bodies and minds. With a mission to provide all kids with access to good food - the gravity of this responsibility is what drives us daily.
What Makes Us Different?
Our entire kitchen is nut, seed, shellfish, and pork free. For our eaters with other intolerances, allergies, or restrictions, we offer three substitute meals. These encompass common allergens to ensure that every kid has the opportunity to safely build healthy relationships with good food.
We are proud to offer three different types of substitute meals for our partners:
- Vegetarian meals
- Soy, Gluten and Tomato Free meals
- Egg and Dairy Free meals
Creating our Substitute Meals
Each substitute meal starts with whole foods selected for each substitute meal type. Our allergy team cooks the susbtitute meals in a separate section of our Harlem kitchen to avoid as much dangerous cross-contamination as possible. Airborne exposure can still occur, so if there is a child with an extremely severe allergy, we recommend contacting us to get more information. Then, each meal is individually packaged and labeled so that they are easy to identify and serve to our children with their specific dietary preferences. The meals are tasty substitutes to many Red Rabbit classics, so that even though they have different ingredients, they are still eating yummy whole foods!
We ask that our partners inform us of any allergy or intolerances that their children. If you suspect that your child or student is experiencing an allergy or intolerance, seek emergency medical assistance.
For more facts on food allergies in the US, check out the Food Allergy and Education Center.
If you have any questions regarding your meals, please remember that our Customer Experience team is here to help - give us a call at 866.697.3372 x 1.