Nutrition

Meal time is important at Moss Street. Each day we serve breakfast around 8:45 a.m., lunch at 11:45 a.m., and an afternoon snack at 3:00 p.m.

Meals are served family style, meaning an adult is eating the same items at each table, encouraging children to try new foods. Serving bowls and utensils are geared toward what a child can handle. If they are able, children are encouraged to take turns serving themselves. School-age children serve themselves and can take the amount and type of food they desire. If staff assist children, they must serve the minimum portion required by the USDA.

Our on-site cook plans our menus, buys 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. Our menu rotates every week, and menus are posted online and in classrooms and on parent bulletin boards.

There is a charge for meals served to your child. Since Moss Street participates in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Program, the meal charge is either fully paid by the parent, partially paid by the parent (and the remainder by the USDA), or free to the parent (with the USDA paying the full meal price). One of the enrollment forms asks about your income, which determines what price, if any, you will pay per meal. Submitting the confidential income statement is voluntary. If you choose not to submit the form, you will be charged the full price for any meals served.

Vegetarian meals can be requested when completing enrollment forms, and families are required to complete USDA or Moss Street forms for all food substitution requests. Parents are also responsible for alerting the office staff about any dietary allergies or dietary restrictions their children may have.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.