How well they eat today will make a difference in their future.
The Child Care Food Program provides meals and snacks to the children of the Child Development and Head Start Programs. The types of meals and snacks depend on the ages of the children, when they arrive at the center, and how long they will stay. At GLEAMNS we are feeding the children a Breakfast, Lunch and Snack.
Children can learn good, healthful eating habits when they are young. Along with motor and developmental skills, proper eating skills are developed early. Offering healthful meals and snacks provides the energy for children’s active lives, and keeps them healthy and fit.
Meals at Head Start are provided by school districts, food vendors, or by our own in-house food service personnel. Breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack are provided to the children at no charge. It is required that we have a school lunch application filled out for all children who attend classes located in a school district building.
Growing children need nutritious foods throughout the day. The child who is hungry does not learn as well as one who is not hungry. A meal pattern that is set by the Child Care Food Program and Head Start is used, to promote Health and Disease Prevention. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is used to promote choosing a variety of foods while reducing, fat and cholesterol. These guidelines encourage, the use of vegetables, fruits, and grains, while using fat, salt and sugar in moderation.
“Nutrition is an important part of our children’s lifestyle, how well they eat today will make a difference in their future.”
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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