Shalom Families

Food

Snacks
Fresh fruit is available all morning in our dining hall, and a mid-afternoon snack is served also– and includes everything from fruit pops to ice cream. Before bed we also serve dessert and on 2 special nights a week, campers will enjoy taking a special trip to the canteen.

A Peanut & Tree Nut Free Camp
Our goal is to create the most welcoming, inclusive overnight camp community possible, and that includes during meals, snacks, or any other time that we eat food together. 
Our counselors know that inclusion is the key, so that everyone feels safe and valued. 
Since 2011we have proudly been a peanut and tree nut free camp, and this extends to every aspect of our program. 
This includes our baked goods, ice cream, and the candy that we serve at canteen. Our chefs even make homemade Chinese food, hummus and pesto without sesame oil or pine nuts, so that every meal or snack that we serve is safe for our peanut and tree nut free friends.

“Our commitment to excellence in camping doesn’t stop at Food Service. We consider food at Camp Shalom to be a program in itself and an incredibly important one at that. Meals and snacks give us the opportunity to not only nourish our bodies, but “nourish our souls”! 

Meal times provide opportunities for the camp to come together as one, to bond and experience traditions, new and old. At Camp Shalom all campers and staff, regardless of food allergies/intolerances, can indulge in a slice of delicious challah on Shabbat without worry. We stock allergen-friendly viable alternatives to many of our main food items, snacks and tradition-based foods. 


Dietary Needs
Camp Shalom accommodates a variety of dietary needs and/or restrictions; however, please note that our Kitchen is not certified Kosher nor it is certified free of gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, seeds.

KOSHER STYLE...WHAT’S THAT!? Since 1971 Camp Shalom’s level of Kashrut has fluctuated. 
Currently, Camp Shalom is “Kosher Style”, which seems to be the appropriate level for us at this time. We do not serve dairy and meat at the same time. 
There’s absolutely no pork or shellfish at the facility (or any similar food item) and when we do serve beef or poultry, we always have a kosher version available for those who need. 
The kitchen does have separate dishes and utensils; however, we aren’t too vigilant about their use (i.e. diary lunch won’t get closed down if the meat forks are mistakenly put out). All dishes and utensils are washed in burning hot water... Most importantly, we want every camper to feel comfortable and welcome...should a camper require a higher level of Kashrut, as long as the camp is informed in advance, we are happy to accommodate most needs. 
VEGETARIANS 
If your child is truly a vegetarian, please inform the camp prior to his/her arrival. This will help us to make sure there are always enough veggie items available for those who truly need substitutions. 
Beginning with breakfast, no meats products are served, as on might infer from the above information. 
At lunch & dinner, a full Salad Bar is offered, complete with assorted lettuces, chopped veggies, legumes, hard-boiled eggs, tuna salad (regular & plain) as well as a Fresh Fruit Bar. 
Also available at both lunch and dinner is a delicious peanut-butter substitute, jellies and honey. 
Most lunches are dairy meals, but for those that aren’t, there’s always an substitute item available for vegetarians. 
For dinner, in addition to the above mentioned items, we always have plain spaghetti pasta and marinara sauce. 
If the meal contains a meat item we typically provide a vegetarian substitute comparable to the item. 

TRUE CELIACS AND/OR THOSE WHO REQUIRE GLUTEN FREE DUE TO DIAGNOSED MEDICAL REASONS 
We are happy to work with you to ensure that your child has an incredible camp experience while also remaining well-fed and healthy. We are prepared to accommodate the needs of those who cannot consume gluten...to a certain extent; however, we cannot guarantee a Gluten Free kitchen, as that would be impossible for us.

No Food Policy  
Please note, Camp Shalom is completely Nut/seed Free. We have campers enrolled in both session with life threatening food allergies. Please help us keep everyone safe by refraining from sending your child with any such products. DO NOT pack any food in your child’s camp luggage or send any packages with food. This includes, but is not limited to; chewing gum, sunflower seeds, hard candy, etc

Please don’t worry about your child being hungry. We have enough options for even the pickiest of eaters. Remind your child to speak up if he/she is truly hungry. If your child needs extra calories or has serious dietary requirements, please contact the camp office to discuss various options...again do not hide food in your child’s luggage! 

ALL FOOD will be PROHIBITED. There are no exceptions to this rule. We do not allow food anywhere on camp except for the Dining Hall or outside under staff supervision. Anyone who breaks this rule will automatically put other campers at risk. Camp can only control that which we are aware of. Not to mention, food in the cabins = bug infestations. We appreciate your strict compliance with this.