As observed in cafeterias, there are varieties of options for vegetarians, individuals with peanut allergies, but is missing one more accommodation: food that is gluten free.

As observed in cafeterias, there are varieties of options for vegetarians, individuals with peanut allergies, but is missing one more accommodation: food that is gluten free.

You may notice that everything nowadays is gluten free;, pizza, noodles and even bread. This fad seems lost on school cafeterias, though.

This is a serious allergy for many, and does not need to be ignored. Students everywhere are suffering and need schools to back them up and accommodate them.

It is understood that gluten free options are expensive, but if there can be an excess of miscellaneous funding in the school’s budget for sports and other activities, then the school could stand to put more effort to provide food for gluten free students.

Easier said than done.

When there are so many gluten free non-believers, it is difficult to explain what gluten can do to those with Celiac disease or even an intolerance to gluten.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat that, for those with celiac or an intolerance, causes discomfort to the stomach. It is an actual allergy, just like an allergy to peanuts, shellfish or any other foods.

It is not taken so seriously by a majority of people, but it is real and should not be ignored and deemed as “unimportant”.

There are many things that cafeterias can do to accommodate people that have gluten allergies.

The least that cafeterias can do is have lettuce-wrapped burgers, for example, in addition to the regular burgers and buns.

Another example is offering gluten free buns and pizza crusts, which is what many restaurants, including Smashburger and Mellow Mushroom, do.

Yes, it is expensive, but isn’t it worth it to make sure that each student at the school is equally taken care of when it comes to food?

If steps like these are taken to at least attempt to offer different choices for those with such an allergy, then the countless people that are plagued with Celiac Disease can feel comfortable with eating cafeteria food.

Gluten free options in school cafeterias is a good idea, to ensure that each and every student is accommodated and comfortable to eat in a school cafeteria without having to waste money packing a lunch for themselves.

Story by Zakiya Austin, Malik Brazile and Sarah Emily Rish

Photo by Sarah Emily Rish