With food allergies on the rise, LPS is working with families to accommodate dietary needs
You'd never know it by looking at her but Kloefkorn Elementary student Mya Blomenberg has a rare disorder making it incredibly difficult to eat like everyone else.
"Mya has OTC Deficiency which is an inherited metabolic disorder, basically her body can't process protein," said Amy Blomenberg, Mya's mom, said.
Eating too much protein would cause ammonia to build up in Mya's blood, which could lead to a coma, brain damage, or even death.
Sticking to a strict high calorie low protein diet helps keep the fifth grader healthy.
Specific dietary needs are nothing new to Lincoln Public School officials.
Mya is one of over 1,500 students with dietary restrictions that LPS works with to ensure a normal school experience.
"We work with parents to make sure that they're comfortable with the child and the meal they get during school, know a little bit about the background, and build a trust so the student can eat at school with their friends," Lynn Goering, a registered dietician with LPS, said.
LPS works to accommodate a students needs as best they possibly can.
Separate meals can be prepared if a student cannot eat a certain item, recipes can be changed to meet dietary needs, and for food allergies meals are prepared in an entirely separate space so cross contamination does not happen.
In Mya's case what's often a side dish becomes her main dish and other treats are added to help her meet her caloric needs.
The schools willingness to work with students dietary needs has allowed students like Mya to have a sense of normalcy.
"They make Mya's school experience and specifically the hot lunch piece and being able to be like her friends possible," Blomenberg said.