-LINDA IS DESPERATE
- Linda is badly in need of your help.
You could write to USDA or ask organizations like the
Physician's Committee (PCRM) for responsible medicine
and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to
help. Contacts are provided at the end of this column.
Here is Linda's story, in her own words:
I am in the process of getting my Child Care Provider
License. I am having trouble in that I am not being
ALLOWED to serve soy milk as a substitute for
Dairy milk in the home daycare I am opening.
I think I found a temporary way around the state licensing
regulation...But I still face an issue which I am going
to take on. I am enrolling in a food program which
reimburses me for providing nutritional meals to the
children under my care. The USDA supports these child
food programs (called USDA Child and Adult Care
Food Program) and they fall under the same category as
the school lunch programs. In order to be able to serve
Soy milk and be reimbursed on the program I must have
each parent bring a statement from their doctor (I have been
provided with a form) which states that their child is allergic
to dairy and so I must provide a substitute. The regulations
should NOT care whether It is a DAIRY or SOY
product I am using as long as the NUTRITION is at LEAST
equal. This is really a case of DISCRIMINATION and I do
not want to have to ask people to LIE. They allow meat
substitutes without a signed statement that one is allergic to
meat... I was even told that the actual law states that only
Seventh Day Adventist can use meat substitutes, only it is an
old regulation and isn't enforced because that would be
discrimination. and I say...DUH! Like this isn't?
I can not see how telling someone they can not use a dairy
substitute is any different then telling them they can not use a meat
The food program rep was at my house today for a couple
hours and she supports me in wanting to serve vegan meals.
Still her hands are tied until the regulation is changed. No one
has apparently spoken out or tried to change these regulations.
I have decided to take them on... And I would appreciate any
help from any of you. If you would help me in this effort please
write to the USDA and voice your outrage at this blatant
discrimination against vegans.
My food program Rep said she thought the place to start is
with the USDA. The Soy Milk I want to use is of course
pasteurized and fortified so that it is equal (actually superior)
to whole milk. She agreed with me in that this regulation most
likely was set due to the claws of the dairy industry wanting
to insure there hold on consumers and government programs.
I think that a discrimination claim is the route to take at this
I THANK YOU with my whole heart in advance for stepping forth
and trying to help me get these regulations changed.
P.S. PLEASE also post this call to action on any other board
or group that you know of that would be willing to help me as well.
ASK THESE TWO ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP
PUBLICIZE LINDA'S MISSION:
5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016
PETA IDEAS: http://peta.com/feat/ideas/index2.html
501 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights
14th and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
or call (202) 720-5964