Situation Food Allergy: 'Lunch is terrible with her hovering over me!'

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Situation Food Allergy. What would you do?

BLOG POST #164 — Two weeks into the new school year, your 13-year-old son storms through the front door.

"I hate lunch!" he yells, tossing his backpack on the floor and stomping into the kitchen. "Mrs. Rand is constantly watching me and my whole lunch table. Whatever my friends do around me, she comes over and yells at them."

You let him rant.

"Today Austin tossed a pack of cupcakes to Matt. Tossed. No threw. The cupcakes were still wrapped. And Mrs. Rand came flying over to our table and yelled. 'No throwing food. You know that's not safe around Adam. I hate lunch mom. Mrs. Rand is just too much."

It's obvious that Mrs. Rand, a veteran lunch monitor who takes her job seriously, is following orders. After several issues in the cafeteria surrounding your son's food allergy last year, you addressed the situation this year during your pre-school meeting wth the principal and his teachers. During the meeting, you emphasized the importance of making sure your son is safe in the cafeteria.

"If I were my friends, I wouldn't even want to sit with me," your son adds. 

You take a breath. "We're in this together," you say. "Now, here is what we're gong to do..."

What would you do? 


JJ Vulopas is a rising senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.