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Menu for the Week : July 23rd-27th, 2018

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Morning Snack

Morning Snack

Morning Snack

Morning Snack

Morning Snack

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Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

General Mills Cheerios cold cereal, peaches, and organic milk

Toasted whole wheat bagels with whipped cream cheese, fresh fruit, and organic milk

Potato triangle hash browns, fresh fruit, and organic milk

Turkey sausage links, fresh fruit, organic milk (VEG: Hardboiled Egg)

General Mills kix cold cereal, fresh fruit, and organic milk

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Three cheese whole grain mac n' cheese (shredded jack, cheddar, and parmesan cheese) with butternut squash puree, served with broccoli on the side, fresh fruit, and organic milk

DF- whole grain macaroni with marinara sauce and pinto beans
Seasoned and baked natural chicken with steamed organic brown rice, corn, fresh fruit, and organic milk

Veg- seasoned and baked tofu
Taco Salad: Crunchy iceberg lettuce, seasoned ground turkey, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, sliced avocado, and whole wheat tortilla wedges, served with a side of fresh fruit and organic milk

Veg- seasoned beans

DF- omit cheese
Cheese pizza whole wheat crust with housemade marinara sauce (optional pineapple and pepperoni) served with steamed peas, fresh fruit, and organic milk

Veg- omit pepperoni

DF- cheese free chicken pizza
Turkey Sandwich Day! Sliced whole roasted turkey breast, Tillamook cheddar slices, whole wheat bread, mayo, organic leaf lettuce, sliced tomatoes with organic potato wedges served on the side and organic milk

Veg- Tillamook cheese sandwich day!

EF- omit mayo

DF- omit cheese

Afternoon Snack

Afternoon Snack

Afternoon Snack

Afternoon Snack

Afternoon Snack

Mozzarella string cheese with fresh fruit Carrot sticks (lightly steamed for under 2 year olds) with buttermilk ranch dip and saltine crackers Unsweetened applesauce with graham crackers Low Fat cottage cheese with fresh fruit (DF - cracker) Animal crackers with fresh fruit
  • GF- Gluten Free; DF- Dairy Free; EF- Egg Free; SF- Soy Free; Veg- Vegetarian Option
  • Organic whole milk is served to infants and toddlers. Organic non-fat milk is served to pre-schoolers and kindergartners.
  • Breakfast is served at 8:30am. Morning snack is available to early children when requested.
  • Our sandwich bread is whole wheat and dairy free while the majority of our pasta is also whole wheat.
  • Our canned fruit is packed in its own juice not syrup.
  • This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Meals and Snacks

Our menu is a major component of the curriculum here at Fruit & Flower.  We strive to introduce different cultures, eating styles, cuisines, ingredients, and flavors in a way that is fun and memorable.  We believe good wholesome food, made right in our kitchen with abundant fresh fruits and vegetables, is essential to each child’s development.  Whenever possible, we buy locally and maintain a group of suppliers and farms that work closely with us to ensure our meals provide optimal nutritional density and a low carbon footprint.  We serve local organic milk (whole and nonfat) and do not serve or use nut products in any of our meals.  We use all natural meat (no steroids or hormones) and provide abundant amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, with an emphasis on providing organic produce as much as possible.  More than 90 percent of our meals and snacks are prepared from scratch in-house.

Fruit & Flower has eliminated all artificial coloring, chemical flavor enhancers and uses minimal amounts of natural sweeteners and kosher salt.

With so many varying appetites, likes and dislikes, it is sometimes challenging to choose menus. We do not expect children to like or desire every item offered to them. However, we do encourage children to taste what is offered since studies show most young children need frequent exposure before becoming accustomed to new foods, especially vegetables. Preschool and kindergarten children are served meals family style allowing them the opportunity to develop self-help skills.

We participate in the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which is similar to the National Lunch Program.  We follow the guidelines for healthy meals and snacks as mandated by the CACFP to families.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Special Diet Requirements

Your child may have special dietary requirements due to allergies, food sensitivities or religious beliefs.  Per USDA rules and regulations, allergy related meal substitutions require a doctor’s note.  Once we have received the doctor’s note and your food exemption form, we will schedule an intake conference with our kitchen manager to ensure that dietary restrictions are appropriately communicated.  Our staff is trained to use Epi pens in case of emergency and children with food allergies are closely monitored.  If your child cannot fully participate in our food program, please fill out the appropriate forms at the front desk so that accommodations can be made.

Most of the time we are able to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities.  If a meal contains meat, a vegetarian option is always provided if requested in advance with the proper form.  If parents wish to provide food from home, lunches and snacks must be prepared in advance by parents so that they are “ready to serve” in the classroom (i.e. no heating or prep work required).  We ask that parents remain sensitive to the food guidelines adopted by Fruit & Flower, and that no desserts or juices are provided in packed lunches.  Parents who wish to provide their child with alternative milk sources (rice milk, almond milk, etc) must file the appropriate form at the front desk.  Alternative milk sources may be stored in the classroom refrigerators.  Unused milk must be discarded every Friday.

Special Events, Birthdays and Celebrations

Families enjoy celebrating birthdays here at Fruit & Flower and we want to ensure all children have a great time.  We want each child to feel appreciated on his or her special day, so we work with each child and family to create a celebration that is age-appropriate and inclusive.  We are happy to help you celebrate your child’s birthday in the classroom with special games, songs and craft projects.  If you wish to schedule a birthday celebration, please speak with your Lead Teacher.  No outside food is allowed, but parents may bring a favorite book, stickers, party hats, noisemakers or removable tattoos.