Food and Nutrition
The center will supply breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack for children, and appropriate foods for infants. The Lindgren Child Care Center participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program through the State of MN Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture., which does not permit discrimination based on race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC, 20250, or call (202)720.5964.
Our meal service times for toddlers, preschoolers, and infants over one year are:
- 8:30 a.m. breakfast
- 11:00 a.m. lunch
- 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. snack
Babies under one year eat at the times most appropriate to them as shared by their parents with the infant teacher.
The Center prepares the breakfast and snacks on-site from simple foods requiring little preparation. The hot noon meal is catered by our on-campus food service, SODEXHO, Inc. Food preparation here at Lindgren occurs using sanitary procedures spelled out for staff to follow.
The program supports breastfeeding by
- accepting, storing, and serving expressed human milk for feedings;
- accepting human milk in ready-to-feed sanitary containers labeled with the infant's name and date and storing it in a refrigerator for no longer than 48 hours (or no more than 24 hours if the breast milk was previously frozen) or in a freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below for no longer than three months;
- ensuring that staff gently mix, not shake, the milk before feeding to preserve special infection-fighting and nutritional components in human milk; and
- providing a comfortable place for breastfeeding and coordinating feedings with the infant's mother.
The Center does not the following foods at any time: hot dogs, whole or sliced into rounds; whole grapes; nuts; popcorn; raw peas and hard pretzels; spoonfuls of peanut butter; or chunks of raw carrots or meat larger than can be swallowed whole.
Staff cut foods into pieces no larger than 1/4-inch square for infants and 1/2-inch square for toddlers/twos, according to each child's chewing and swallowing capability.
- The Lindgren Child Care Center does not offer solid foods and fruit juices to infants younger than six months of age, unless that practice is recommended by the child's health care provider and approved by families. Sweetened beverages are avoided. If juice (only 100% fruit juice is recommended) is served, the amount is limited to no more than four ounces per child daily.
- Infants unable to sit are held for bottle-feeding. All others sit or are held to be fed. Infants and toddlers/twos do not have bottles while in a crib or bed and do not eat from propped bottles at any time. Toddlers/twos do not carry bottles, sippy cups, or regular cups with them while crawling or walking. Teaching staff offer children fluids from a cup as soon as the families and teachers decide together that a child is developmentally ready to use a cup.
- The center staff work with families (who are informed by their child's health care provider) to ensure that the food is based on the infants' individual nutritional needs and developmental stage.
- Except for human milk, staff serve only formula and infant food that comes to the facility in factory-sealed containers (e.g., ready-to-feed powder or concentrate formulas and baby food jars) prepared according to the manufacturer's instructions. Bottle feedings do not contain solid foods unless the child's health care provider supplies written instructions and a medical reason for this practice. Staff discard after one hour any formula or human milk that is served but not completely consumed or is not refrigerated. If staff warm formula or human milk, the milk is warmed in water at no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit for no more than five minutes. No milk, including human milk, and no other infant foods are warmed in a microwave oven.
- We feed whole or reduced fat cow's milk to children ages 12-24 months. We do not feed cow’s milk to children younger than 12 months. A request to differ from the latter policy would require a Special Dietary Statement from the child’s health care provider.
Center menus are prepared and posted in every classroom on the refrigerators. These menus are prepared between the director, teachers, and the staff at SODEXHO, Inc, the caterer. They are kept on file for review by Dr. Brenda Lenz, who serves as our health consultant. Copies of the entire menu cycle are available to parents on request. Because we participate in the CACFP, the menus are also reviewed by specialists in the Child Nutrition Section of the Minnesota Department of Education, who administers our participation in the CACFP.
On rare occasions children have medical dietary needs. Parents may request alternative foods, but in order for the Center to continue receiving reimbursement for that meal, parents must have their doctors complete a Special Dietary Request. These are available from the director.
- Allergy/Food Exemption Statement, Appendix IV-C