The Co-op provides a vegetarian menu with a large variety of homemade recipes. We strive to purchase fresh, local, seasonal fruits and vegetables when available. We follow the most current “dirty dozen” list for purchasing organic fruits and vegetables. This list comes from The Local Environmental Working Group and targets fruits and vegetables that rank the highest in pesticide load. Milk is served with breakfast and lunch. Juice, milk or water is served with snacks. We will accommodate any food allergies with a medical statement from your child’s physician (please see the Business Manager for a specific form for your physician to fill out). The Co-op does not allow foods to be brought in outside the center unless we are unable to accommodate a physician documented food allergy or disability.
To be able to provide a well rounded quality menu the Co-op uses funding from the USDA food program to enable us to lower food costs. Families whose incomes meet USDA standards for free meals will have no separate charge for meals. Families who are above scale will receive afternoon snack at no separate charge, but will be charged 90 cents per breakfast and $1.50 per lunch for their child. Families who are reduced scale will receive afternoon snack at no separate charge, but will be charged .30 cents for breakfast and .40 cents per lunch for their child. At the end of each month, we will tally the number of meals your child has participated in at the Co-op and charge for those meals only.
The USDA food program requires that the Co-op provides regular intervals of meals through out the day. This requires us to have set times to serve the meals. If you want your child to eat with us please make sure he/she is here at the beginning of the scheduled meal
All classrooms: start at 8:30 a.m., end at 9:00 am
Buttercup/Willow: start at 11:30am, end at 12:00pm
Juniper/Huckleberry and Cedar: start at 12:00 pm, end at 12:30pm
All classrooms: start at 3:00pm, end by 4:00pm
Children coming in after the designated meal times will need to wait until the next meal to be served, so please feed your child before coming to the school.
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