AMTRAK: Offer Gluten Free Food Options for Celiacs

AMTRAK: Offer Gluten Free Food Options for Celiacs

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Elizabeth PRICE started this petition to Amtrak

Whereas, Celiac Disease is a disability and is covered by the ADA, requiring reasonable accommodations;

Whereas, Amtrak offers pre-packaged meals on its long-distance trains for passengers who request Kosher food with advanced notice, although a Kosher diet is NOT protected by the ADA;

Whereas, pre-packaged Certified Gluten Free meals that can be purchased and prepared in a microwave or oven are readily available from several commercial vendors such as Udi's and Real Good Food;

Whereas, while Amtrak does allow guests to bring their own food, it does not allow any passenger's personal food to be either refrigerated or heated in its kitchens, nor does it supply microwaves or other cooking facilities on its trains; 

Whereas, it is not reasonable to expect Celiac patients to live on nothing but non-perishable snack foods for long distance travel any more than this would be reasonable for a vegan or a kosher guest for whom Amtrak already makes meal accommodations;

Resolved, that Amtrak must provide the same accommodation for Celiac patients that it provides for other dietary restrictions, namely, that, with advanced notice, passengers on long-distance Amtrak trains must be provided with packaged, Certified, Celiac-safe meals.

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