The purpose of this policy is to acknowledge that serious nut allergies exist and Chewonki is committed to minimizing the likelihood that a participant or staff member will suffer a reaction due to consumption or contact with peanuts or tree nuts. While we do not provide nut products to our participants (unless approved), there is the potential for contact with peanuts and tree nuts on and off Chewonki’s campuses.
- Coconut – Although coconut is designated as a tree nut by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it is botanically a fruit and does not pose the same risks as actual tree nuts, and therefore is permitted at Chewonki. Participants should specify if a coconut allergy exists.Peanut – Includes whole peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil and other products, including candies, containing peanuts.
- Tree nut – Includes, but is not limited to, almond, Brazil nut, cashew, chestnut, filbert/hazelnut, litchi/lichee/lychee nut, macadamia nut, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, and walnut. Also included are natural nut extracts, nut butters (including nut butter products such as Nutella), candies containing tree nuts, nut oils and nut milks (e.g., almond milk) and other products containing tree nuts.
- Nutmeg is a seed and poses no nut allergy risk.
Locations on Campus
Wallace Center Kitchen – Peanuts and tree nuts are not permitted in the kitchen or dining hall. Some products may be processed in the same facility as peanuts and tree nuts.
Packout/Outdoor Classroom/Wilderness Trips – Peanuts and tree nuts are not permitted. Some products may be processed in the same facility as peanuts and tree nuts. Families are discouraged from providing foods containing nuts to participants while at Chewonki. An exception may be made for remote or extended wilderness trips where packing non-perishable protein is an issue. Any exceptions must be approved by the Vice President and the Health Center.
Participant Residences – Peanuts and tree nuts are not permitted in participant residences. Families are discouraged from providing foods containing nuts to participants while at Chewonki.
Elementary School – From the Elementary School Parent Handbook: Chewonki does not serve peanut products to our participants to avoid allergic reactions. Peanuts and peanut butter are allowed in school lunches, but please be aware that we do have peanut and gluten allergies in the class.
Staff Residences/Offices – Staff are permitted to have peanuts and tree nuts in their residences and offices, but should be sensitive to participants visiting the residences or offices in regards to allergies.
Public Areas (Wiscasset Campus) – In public areas such as the CEE kitchen, CEE lobby, Farmhouse lobby, etc, foods containing peanuts or tree nuts should be conspicuously labelled.
Other Public Areas- While we do not provide nut products to our participants (unless approved), there is the potential for contact with peanuts and tree nuts on and off Chewonki’s campuses.
Last updated 12/2017