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National Hot Lunch Program
Nutrition Policy
Lunch: The ELC follows USDA guidelines when planning our menus. No child will go longer than 3 hours without nourishment. The ELC is part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and will offer breakfast and hot lunch for all students including infants.   
  Breakfast Lunch
Infant Room $1.50 $1.50
Toddler Room $1.50 $2.50
3K and up $2.00 $3.00
Reduced (all ages) $0.30 $0.40
*Free and reduced meals are available to those families who qualify. Applications will be sent to all families annually and will be made available to new families at the time of enrollment. You can apply any time throughout the year.
Participation in the CACFP is voluntary on a daily basis. You may choose to send cold lunch for your child at any time and will not be charged for hot lunch.
When participating in hot lunch each child will be encouraged to take a small amount of each item served and encouraged to try everything but the children will not be forced to take or eat items they do not like. White milk will be served with lunch daily (except for children under 1 year old).
Mealtimes will include meaningful conversation and will promote social interaction, encourage good table manners and develop sound nutritional habits. Teachers will eat with the children to model the behavior that is desired. Children will be praised for trying new things and they will be encouraged to clean up after themselves. Eating surfaces will be sanitized before meals and snacks and everyone will wash their hands before and after eating. Meals will not be withheld as a form of punishment.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or

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

3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Daily Snacks: Students will be served a morning and afternoon snack each day. Parents will be asked to provide the snacks for their child’s age group. When your child starts school or childcare please send a bulk snack to be shared. Teachers will store snacks in each classroom or in the kitchen and parents will be notified when their child’s group is running low on snacks. Parents will be asked to send additional snacks approximately once a month. Teachers will distribute a list of appropriate, healthy snacks and ideas. Please try to provide age appropriate nutritious choices low in fat and sugar that do not contain nuts.
Make arrangements with your child’s teacher if you’d like to send an additional birthday treat.