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  • Head Start participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
  • Menus are reviewed to ensure compliance with CACFP and Head Start Performance Standards requirements.
  • Children attending the center participate in at least two meals during their day.
  • Meals at centers are served family style and parents are invited to experience a meal with the children.
  • Infants are fed according to the child’s individual schedule.
  • Adults and children sit together, pass food, and serve themselves.
  • A monthly menu will be distributed to parents.
  • Parents are encouraged to share menu suggestions and/or concerns.
  • Children have the opportunity to sample a variety of foods. This is a wonderful time to work on manners, sharing and making nutritious choices. After each meal, the children learn how to clean up their tables.
  • If your child has food allergies, a SPECIAL DIET STATEMENT signed by an authorized professional must be on file. Only then will we make the recommended substitution for your child.
  • Head Start is sensitive to all cultures and whenever possible, attempts to make accommodations to our menu.
  • Coolers are provided for transportation of breast milk and refrigerators are available on site.
  • Formula is provided but cannot be sent home.

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, (including gender identity and sexual orientation) 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:  

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (833)-256-1665 

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov  

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.