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Meals at the Children’s Center are prepared and provided by University Dining Services. Trained chefs ensure that meals are nutritious as well as “child friendly” and meet the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program guidelines. Child care programs are reimbursed a meal rate to help with the cost of serving nutritious meals to enrolled children.
Family style dining is used during meals at the Children’s Center. Family style dining means teacher-caregivers and children sit down together to share and enjoy a meal. Adults play an important role in making mealtime a time of relaxation and enjoyment. They help create the atmosphere that makes mealtime a pleasant experience. By eating together, children learn to socialize and share with others. They develop good eating habits and may be exposed to foods not served in their homes. As they take responsibility for serving themselves and making choices, they develop a sense of self-confidence.
As part of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Center provides iron fortified infant formula. For older children a nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack is offered. Meals are served at approximately the following times:
Breakfast: 8:45 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m.
Snack: 3:15 p.m.
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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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:
- mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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USDA Child Nutrition Programs recognize the following protected classes: race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.