- Lifetime eating habits are formed during a child’s earliest years. Along with our families, we greatly influence each child’s nutritional preferences by providing many of the children’s daily meals.
- Our chefs prepare breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack using a combination of fresh, locally grown whole foods (subject to seasonal availability), fruits, vegetables and herbs.
- Our chefs use ingredients that are healthy, rich in nutrients, low in fat and sodium and high in protein. The children are served organic milk (subject to market place availability), whole wheat breads, fruit served fresh (subject to seasonal availability), lean meats and low sugar snacks.
- Our meals and snacks meet the requirements for Meal Patterns as defined by the USDA for children ages zero to twelve. Children are served appropriate portions based on the recommended dietary allowances.
- Children with allergies and special dietary restrictions will be given substitute foods with equivalent nutritional content.
*Due to high occurrences of children with nut allergies, PPS will not serve or prepare foods that contain nuts.
Components of Our Nutrition Program
- Healthy Meals – Children are given the opportunity to make choices about seconds.
- Healthy Celebrations – We require parents to provide healthy snacks for celebrations that shift the focus from the food to their child. Our school promotes a positive learning experience when children have fun eating healthy snacks rather than cupcakes and cookies.
- Water Initiative – Children will be given filtered water throughout the day in place of juice and other sugar containing beverages. Each child is provided with their own water bottle that is filled and refilled from the “Hydration Stations” in their classrooms.
- Health and Nutrition Curriculum
- Healthy Futures Start in the Kitchen Training – CPCC
www.choosemyplate.gov – Choose My Plate ~ USDA & Food and Nutrition Services
www.nutritionnc.com – State of North Carolina Child & Adult Food Program
www.letsmove.gov – Let’s Move Program
www.eatright.org/kids — Eat Right
www.bcbsncfoundation.org – Shape NC Healthy Starts for Young Childre