Common Ground provides age-appropriate, healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks for all students that conform to USDA and Virginia Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines. Meals are served by our staff, family-style using real plates, cups, and cutlery to encourage and develop social eating skills. Parents are always welcome to join us for meal time. All meals and snacks served at Common Ground are provided by the Good Food Company. Some key points about this service:
- Good Food prepares all meals on a daily basis from fresh, often organic, ingredients sourced locally wherever possible
- Menus are enormously varied and are available for the entire school year so parents can easily see what their children are eating each day. Menus:
- Good Food is able to accommodate food allergies and handle most special diets of which they are notified in advance. They provide a complete list of common food allergies, noting which foods to avoid on their menu by food type. Food Allergy Lists:
For infants and toddlers (up to 18 months old), parents may either bring their own food (breastmilk, formula, baby foods, baby snacks, etc.) or choose Common Ground provided formula, snacks, and age appropriate baby foods following the USDA’s recommended infant meal pattern. Furthermore, mothers may breast-feed in privacy at the Center.
Common Ground is peanut and tree-nut free. For children with additional food allergies (dairy, egg, sesame seed, etc.) we work with the family to accommodate and serve alternative foods.
Parents may bring in food items to share with their child’s classmates (for birthday parties, class parties, etc.). To ensure all children are safe, Common Ground has the following Outside Food Policy that aligns to child care licensing best practices: Any food brought in to share during school hours must be a) store bought and include ingredients list with exception of fruits and vegetables, which must be brought unprepared (e.g. not sliced) and b) in compliance with tree nut/peanut free policy.
Common Ground participates in the Virginia Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which ensures that children who are enrolled in child care programs receive well-balanced, nutritious meals and snacks. The program helps Common Ground meet this goal through nutrition education, program training, and financial reimbursement. The same meals are available to all enrolled students, at no separate charge, without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation. For more information on reimbursements to Common Ground through this program or to submit a complaint, please see the detailed document.