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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 Federal Hot Lunch Program and will offer breakfast and hot lunch for all students including infants.   
                       
  Breakfast Lunch
Infants up to 2 years $0.50 $0.50
2-3 yr. olds $1.00 $2.00
3K and up $1.25 $2.30
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 in July. You can apply any time throughout the school year.
 
Participation in the hot lunch program 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.
 
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, 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:
 
(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
(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

 
Daily Snacks: Students will be served a morning and afternoon snack each day. White or chocolate milk can be purchased for .25/day or water will be provided. 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.