A healthy diet plays a vital role in improving the quality of life for all children. Those enrolled in the Head Start program receive delicious, nutritious meals, including breakfast, lunch and a snack each day for free. This food service program is funded by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and is administered locally by NEED as an important part of the Head Start program. Food selections and servings are designed to provide two-thirds of the daily nutritional requirements for children. The program encourages children to develop healthy eating habits and also introduces them to new foods they may never have tried. Healthy snacks are offered in fun, imaginative ways and sweets are generally avoided in favor of more nutritious snacks. Parents are requested not to send candy or other sugary treats to class.
All menus are carefully planned and reviewed. The Head Start staff works diligently with the parents of children who have food allergies or other special diet considerations. Children are served breakfast no matter when they arrive in the morning and lunch is served at 12 noon.