Meal time is important at Moss Street and considered part of the curriculum. 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. We believe that these shared meals help develop relationships through conversation and modeling, interest in food, good eating habits, and social and self-help skills. Serving bowls and utensils are geared toward what a child can handle. If they are able, children are encouraged to take turns serving themselves.
Center staff plan the menus, buy the food, and prepare the breakfast and afternoon snack that your child will eat while in our care. Each day parents bring from home a shelf-stable lunch for staff to serve to their child. All meals, whether provided by Moss Street or the parent, need to meet USDA nutritional guidelines. Whenever financially feasible, organic food is purchased; however, many of the items we use are not organic. Our menu rotates every other week, and menus are posted online, in classrooms, and on parent bulletin boards.