Menu for the Week : September 18th-22nd, 2017
|Fresh fruit available upon request||Fresh fruit available upon request||Fresh fruit available upon request||Fresh fruit available upon request||Fresh fruit available upon request|
|Apple cinnamon oatmeal served with fresh fruit and organic milk||Whole grain cold cereal, fresh fruit, and organic milk
||Buttered and toasted whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread, fresh fruit, and organic milk
||Banana muffins, fresh fruit, and organic milk
||Whole grain cold cereal, fresh fruit, and organic milk
|Brunch for lunch! Whole wheat pancakes with syrup, turkey sausage links, fresh fruit, roasted organic potatoes, and organic milk|
Veg- Hardboiled eggs
EF/DF- Toasted whole wheat bread
|Split pea soup (dried split peas, diced parsnips, carrots and onion, with optional diced ham) freshly baked whole wheat rolls, baked broccoli florets, fresh fruit, and organic milk||Tex Mex chicken and rice casserole (natural chicken baked with salsa seasoned brown rice, with sour cream on the side), steamed green peas, fresh fruit, and organic milk|
Veg- Replace chicken with beans
DF- Omit sour cream
|Cheese pizza with housemade roasted marinara sauce (optional sliced olives and pepperoni) served with tossed green salad, applesauce (no sugar added), and organic milk|
DF- Cheese free chicken pizza
|Turkey sandwich day! Sliced whole roasted turkey breast, Tillamook cheddar cheese, whole wheat bread, mayo, organic lettuce and tomatoes, served with organic potato wedges, and organic milk|
Veg- Cheese sandwich day!
EF- Omit mayo
DF- Omit cheese
|Low-fat cottage cheese with fresh cut fruit||Applesauce bread with cinnamon streusel topping served with organic milk||Buttermilk ranch dressing with baby carrots and saltine crackers||Home made banana granola bars with mozzarella string cheese||Whole grain animal crackers with organic fresh pears|
- 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.