Special Education

NYS School for the Blind, photos of the students
Dietetic Services

Denise Mack, Registered Dietician, CSP
Michele Buczek, Director of Food Services

What is Offered? | Contact Info. | Food, Meals, Feeding Program

All students enrolled at NYSSB receive individualized diets which incorporate the nutritional needs and food preferences of each child. Our dedicated and talented dietetic staff take personal interest in each student, and will always go the extra mile to ensure each child receives quality meals individually tailored to the child's consistency modification as necessary. All menus are carefully planned and evaluated by our dietitian food service director and staff, and include a 2 pm snack. In addition to the standardized evening meal, evening "dorm dinners" are planned with the students on a regular basis, and include the students preferences as much as possible.

Questions or concerns about your child's nutritional status or intake may be addressed to Patricia Denny at extension 285, or via email at pdenny@nysed.gov. Patricia is a Registered Dietitian and is Board Certified in Pediatric Nutrition as determined by the American Dietetic Association. With over 25 years of clinical and administrative experience, Patricia will work with you and your child to ensure optimal nutrition and satisfaction with our meal services.

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Food, Meals, and Feeding Program

The New York State School for the Blind provides three meals per day,  plus an after school snack, which are planned and approved by our Registered Dietitian. 

Our goal is to offer a wide variety of experiences for our students, focusing on healthy choice making and skills of independence.

The Feeding Disorders Committee addresses individual diet and feeding needs.  These needs are monitored regularly and adjusted based on the child’s current needs.  This could include specialized feeding equipment or individualized diet and/or attention to texture.

Any food eaten at the school must meet Health Department codes.  Please do not send any home-prepared food items to school with your child, as we are not permitted to serve them.  Items prepared in a commercial kitchen are allowed, such as a birthday cake.  The school provides a birthday celebration for each child with their classmates.

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Last Updated: December 16, 2011