Health and Nutrition
The USDA Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP) is a funding source for the nutritious meals Great Bay Kids’ Company provides daily. A breakfast and afternoon snack are served in all of our early childhood education programs. For those children who are with us for a full day or for kindergarten wrap around care, we also provide lunch. All of the meals meet USDA requirements and guidelines. The meals are served in the classrooms in a pleasant atmosphere in which the teacher sits with the children to encourage appropriate manners and conversation.
If your child has a food allergy or has special medical dietary needs, we must have a detailed “Special Meals Prescription Form” on file in our office that has been signed by you and your child’s physician stating what must be excluded and why. If your child has a special dietary requirement due to religious or other philosophical beliefs, we will need a signed “Meal Substitution Letter” from the parent/guardian stating the exclusions and substitutions on file. When possible, we will make substitutions to the menu to meet the needs of your child. The Program Director and Cook will meet with the parent/guardian of a child with special dietary needs as requested in order to work out a plan concerning food substitutions and who will be responsible for providing the food items. Please do not bring in any food for any reason unless prior arrangements have been made with your Program Director.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture,Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: [email protected]. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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