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SBCDC Food and Nutrition

About SBCDC Nutrition

The SBCDC participates in the US Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Menus

Menus are prepared by our Food Service Manager with consultation from a nutrition consultant from the WIC program. Vegetarian alternatives will be identified on the monthly menus. Menus will be available to parents at least one week in advance of the beginning of a new month.
View the current menu:
December2014Menus.pdf


Meals

Breakfast

The SBCDC provides breakfast for all children.
Time served: 8:15-9:00 am.
Description: Each breakfast will include a fruit or vegetable or 100% fruit or vegetable juice, a dairy product, and a grain product. We use the meal time to teach children about food preparation, hygiene, and good nutritional choices.

Lunch

Time served: 11:30-12:30 pm.
Description: Each lunch will include a dairy product, meat or meat alternative (eg. legumes, tofu, or beans), a grain product, and either two fruits or two vegetables or a fruit and a vegetable.

Notification of absence is required before 9:00 am if your child normally attends during lunch time. This is to prevent our cook for preparing more food than is necessary.

Snacks

The Center provides an afternoon snacks for all the children.

Early afternoon snack:

Time served: 2:30-3:00 pm.
Description: Snack will include 2 of the following 4 food groups: dairy, meat or meat alternative, grain products, and fruit or vegetables.

Late afternoon snack:

Time served: 4:30 and 5:00 pm.
Description: It too will include 2 of the 4 components listed above but will be different selections than those offered at the early afternoon snack.

Food Allergies

Children that are allergic to specific foods will be provided with safe and nutritionally appropriate alternatives. The meal content will be specified by the child’s parent/guardian, after consultation with the child’s health care provider, and will be identified in an Individual Health Care Plan. Health Alert Notices will be posted in the Kitchen and the child’s classroom.

Please avoid packing foods that contain nuts or nut products as we have enrolled several children with life threatening allergies to nuts. If you must send your child to school with foods containing nuts please identify your child’s meal as “containing nuts”.

Parents can opt out of the Center’s food program. However, SBCDC staff are required by Child Care Licensing regulations to monitor the nutritional content of meals brought from home.

Nutrition Education

Children are encouraged to eat the healthiest foods first. We help children learn that healthy foods are necessary for growing bodies, and help establish healthy eating habits. Parents play a vital role in a child’s nutrition. Please try to stay away from junk foods with no nutritional values like candy or other high sugar content foods. SBCDC teachers are happy to give healthy meal and snack ideas.