USDA Food Program

CCCC provides a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal program at all of its centers. Older children are served breakfast at 9 a.m., lunch at 12 noon, and a snack at 3 p.m. Older children and their teachers eat "family style". The children serve themselves, pour their own milk, and clear their dishes from the table. This is an important learning process for children and CCCC encourages parents to help their children use these skills at home.

Meals for older children consist of foods from the major food groups each day. We serve chicken, turkey, fish, and small amounts of beef. We also serve fresh, canned, and frozen fruits and vegetables and whole-grain foods. The use of sweeteners and salt is kept to a minimum. Alternate foods can be substituted for children on special diets due to medical needs or family preferences. A current two-week meal schedule is posted in the classrooms and on the bulletin board of each center.

Infants follow their own feeding schedules. CCCC will provide USDA-approved iron-fortified formula for infants up to 12 months or parents may provide breast milk or a different formula of their choosing.

CCCC receives funds from USDA through the Oregon Department of Education to subsidize the meal program for children from low-income families.

Here is a sample menu.

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: program.intake@usda.gov