Food Program

The CEC is a participant in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program. The CACFP provides cash reimbursement to child care centers for nutritious meals and helps children develop healthy eating habits. The CACFP is administered by the Michigan Department of Education.

After involvement with Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care* (NPA SACC) program in 2011, the CEC adopted the following policies in order to provide the best possible nutrition and to promote the health of the children in our program.

Meal Times

Breakfast: 8:30am - 9:00am

AM Snack: 10:30am - 10:55am

Lunch:  12:00 pm - 12:45pm

PM Snack: 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Please note, meal times are approximate.

The food served at the CEC is planned to serve several purposes:

To help children learn about and enjoy foods that are good for them.

To provide well-balanced foods appropriate to young children.

To teach children appropriate serving proportions.

To encourage children to try new foods. 


In accordance with Michigan Food Program Requirements meals are composed of the following components:


Serve 1 from each group below:

  • Milk
  • Fruit or Vegetable or Juice
  • Grain/Bread


Serve 1 from each group below:

  • Milk
  • 2 Fruits/Vegetables
  • Grain/Bread
  • Meat or Meat Alternate


Serve 2 from the 4 groups below:

  • Milk
  • Fruit or Vegetable or Juice
  • Grain/Bread
  • Meat or Meat Alternate


Our Guidelines For Meal Times

  • Sweets or salty foods will be limited to once or twice a week.
  • 1% milk will be served to children age 2 or older.
  • Seconds will be served at Breakfast and Lunch when the children have tried a bite of all the food that is on their plate (full serving for their age).


Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Preferences

The CEC takes food preferences, intolerances, or allergies very seriously. If a family or child has food concerns or needs the CEC will do its best to accommodate those needs. Please inform an administrator or lead teacher about these needs at enrollment.


Snacks for Celebration

  • Favorite fruits
  • Lower fat baked goods
  • Favorite dishes that aren't necessarily desserts
  • Foods with special family or cultural significance
  • Healthy food in fun shapes

Foods that come from home, for sharing among the children, must be either whole fruits or commercially prepared packaged foods in factory sealed containers.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

Page last modified April 6, 2018