Moss Street participates in the USDA Food Program
Meal time is important at Moss Street. Each day we serve a breakfast, lunch and pm snack. Meal service is considered part of our curriculum. We discuss where food comes from, how it gets from the ground to our table, what to do with left overs by composting them, growing seasonal produce in our backyard garden and trying new vegetables and fruits as part of our menu.
The younger age groups (preschool and under) are served "family style" meaning that at each meal table an adult is also eating the same items to encourage trying new foods, serving bowls and utensils are geared toward what a child can handle, and as able, children are encouraged to take turns serving themselves.
USDA Program Forms
Our on-site cook plans, buys our food, and prepares the meals that your child will eat while in our care.
Whenever financially feasible, organic food is purchased, however, many of the items we use are not organic.
Breakfast is served about 8:45a, lunch about 11:45a, and afternoon Snack about 3:00p.
Our menu rotates every week and printed menus are posted in classrooms and on parent bulletin boards.
There is a charge for meals served to your child. The charge is either fully paid by the parent, partially paid by the parent (and the remainder by the USDA food program), or free to the parent (with USDA paying the full meal price). One of the enrollment forms asks about your income, which determines what price, if any, you will pay. Submitting this form is voluntary. If you choose not to submit a Confidential Income Statement, you will be charged the full price for any meals served.
If your child needs lacto-ovo vegetarian meals served, that is already built into our current menu food options. Just note this on the enrollment forms when asked about food/diet restrictions- no additional forms are needed.
There are additional forms needed if your child has a dietary restriction other than that of lacto-ovo vegetarian. For those needing only a substitute to regular, fluid cow's milk, and soy milk or lactose-free milk is an acceptable substitute, we do have a simple USDA form for you to complete. For any other food restrictions/allergies, there are more, in-depth forms that must be on file before your child starts care. Please ask to speak with Robynn or Amber to find out more about USDA food substitution forms.
Non Discrimination Statment
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.