Three snacks are prepared at school each day: A morning snack at 10:00am, and afternoon snacks at 3:15 and 4:30pm. Children are supplied with a daily source of vitamin C and a source of vitamin A three times a week. All snacks consist of fresh fruits or vegetables, and at least one other nutritious food group. The foods are low in saturated fats, salt, and sugars. Milk or water is offered with every snack and orange juice is offered 1 time per week only as recommended by DSHS.
Each week, various foods are substituted, depending upon the season, to encourage the use of new and different foods, and for various cooking projects.
Breakfast is provided for children arriving before 8:30am if they have not yet eaten. If for some reason, your child has not eaten breakfast and arrives after 8:30am, please advise our staff so that arrangements can be made for your child.
Lunch is not provided at Little Acorn. Instead, children are asked to bring a lunch box. Water only, is served for drinking during lunch but children are welcomed to bring other drinks in their lunch boxes. Our facility is equipped with a refrigerator but it is very full with snack foods so we ask that if possible, you provide an ice pack in the lunch box and store it in your child’s cubby. Please make sure all items are marked with your child’s name. We also have a microwave oven to warm foods from your child’s lunch. Please store the heatable food in a tempered glass container that can be microwaved, separate from the cold food.
For safety sake, please do not send anything requiring boiling water, or anything frozen that has to be fully cooked rather than re-heated. Please cut up and prepare foods such as eggs, fruit, sandwiches, etc. This greatly assists the staff and children in creating a calm and relaxed eating atmosphere.
We prefer that you limit the amount of sugar you send for your child. Often, children only want to eat their treat and not their lunch. Please send your child with a balanced lunch, containing a protein, fruit or vegetable, and a whole grain or dairy product. Children generally like whole, simple foods such as chicken or cheese, hard boiled eggs, apples, bananas, yogurt, etc. These are also cheaper and much more wholesome than “Lunchables” and other highly processed foods.
Be sure to notify the Director of any food allergies your child may have.