The Guild of St. Agnes follows the nutrition, health, and safety guidelines prescribed by the Commonwealth of MA, Department of Early Education and Care and the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. For detailed information on these guidelines and requirements, please see:
- Mass Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Food Nutrition Programs
- USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program
Children are fed balanced meals on a daily basis. For an example of a weekly menu, please contact the director of the child care site your child attends, or the one you are interested in having your child attend (see our Locations web page); she will be happy to discuss if meals are provided at that site, and if so, what a typical week’s meal plan looks like.
At those sites where the Guild provides food for the children, parents provide infants their formulas until they can eat baby food; infants and infant-toddlers are given whole milk; toddlers and preschoolers are given 1% milk, water and fruit, 3 times/day; toddlers are given the same food as preschoolers with the exception of food the government identifies as one a child might choke on. Our Food Service Director has her certification in Food Safety Management and Safe Serve, and whenever possible she purchases locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, serves only USDA approved meats and fish, selects healthy snacks for the different age groups and prepares new menus on monthly cycles.