Food Program

MEALS

The center participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) offered by the United States of Agriculture. The Director is the Civil Rights Coordinator that can assist with any questions or concerns, and any information needed regarding the food program. For additional assistance, please see the Non-Discrimination Policy.  The reimbursement received from the CACFP helps with food costs enabling the center to offer affordable rates. All meals are served following guidelines from this program. The infant program offers Kirkland Infant formula and infant cereal. When infants are ready for solids, a variety of fruits and vegetables are pureed in a blender and applesauce is purchased. By 8 months, beans and cheese are also offered. At 12 months a variety of healthy snacks and yogurt are offered. Parents may provide a different iron-fortified formula or food with a signed statement in the infant’s file with the reason for declining the centers food.  Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided at set times each day for children ages 12 months to 5 years old. The center uses whole milk, 1 % milk, and 100% juice. A parent may provide special milk if needed. Menus are posted each month. If your child is allergic to anything, please tell the Director on your child’s first day of attendance, so it can be added to the allergy list that is posted in the kitchen. Due to food sensitivities in some children, the center promotes a nut-free environment.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at [email protected]. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

(Revised April 2014)