Food & Nutrition

Food & Nutrition

We are a peanut free facility!

Breakfast, Lunch and afternoon snacks are served daily as part of our regular program.
We follow the USDA School Lunch guidelines to ensure that all of a child’s daily nutritional needs are met.
We serve food that children generally like in addition to slipping in new and unusual things for them to try. 
Allergies and religious preferences are accommodated with acceptable alternatives and, in these cases, parents are encouraged to bring food from home for their child.
Breakfast, lunch, morning and an afternoon snacks are provided by the Center as part of our regular program. Breakfast is served from 7:45am – 8:00am. Breakfast is not served after 8:00am and children arriving after that hour should have been served breakfast prior to being dropped off. Morning snack is served between 9:00-9:15am. Lunch hours vary from 11:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. Lunch is a well balanced hot meal delivered right from our kitchen. Any time a child needs to arrive at the Center after 10:00 a.m., parents should notify the Center so they may be added to the lunch count. Parents should feed their children if they will be arriving after their class has eaten lunch. Afternoon snack is served between 3:00-3:30. No outside food can be brought in and left with the classroom teacher to feed to the child while he or she is at the center.
 
The Center will supply meals and snacks of quantity and quality to supplement food served at home, so that the daily nutritional needs of the child are met. Meal time is a vital part of the curriculum and is designed with nutritional and social needs of children in mind. Children are encouraged to serve and feed themselves whenever possible. Staff is present to assist the children, as well as to model appropriate behavior for meal times.


Our meals are planned around food children generally like and they are encouraged to try a variety of new foods. We follow the USDA Meal Pattern Requirements (see attached) for all meals, which ensure that the food we serve meets your child’s nutritional requirements. Portions are served according to the child’s age. Food is prepared, served and stored in accordance with the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP) guidelines. We do not allow children to bring food to the center except in the case of an allergy or religious reasons, or for special occasions such as birthday parties (allergy policies must be followed precisely) when coordinated with the classroom teacher.
If your child is allergic to any items, please make a notation on the application and medical forms and make staff aware of the situation. We provide vegetarian alternatives and allergy modifications for most menu items. 
 
Parents may also provide suitable substitutes for the items that their child cannot eat from the menu. Please help us monitor your child’s safety by reviewing the posted menu for appropriateness for your child. Lunch and snack foods brought from home must meet the guidelines of the Child and Adult Care Food Program for the types of foods and portion sizes. They will be prepared and transported in a sanitary fashion, including maintenance of safe food temperatures for perishable items. Food brought from home will be labeled with the child’s name, the date, they type of food, and any need for temperature control. Leftover food will be discarded. The only food that may be returned to the family is food that does not require refrigeration or holding at a hot temperature, that came to the facility in a commercially-wrapped package, and that was never opened. See our Allergy Policy for more information.


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