Meal Services Program
Providing nutritious meals to child care centers.
Keeping children healthy and helping teachers focus on teaching.
CCSA’s Meal Services Program provides two nutritious meals plus one nutritious snack per day to children enrolled in participating child care centers. Following U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, the catered meals provide ample portion sizes that meet or exceed Child and Adult Care Food Program standards.
By purchasing food in bulk, the Meal Services Program allows child care centers to purchase nutritional meals and snacks at an affordable rate, without having to maintain expensive kitchens. It also allows directors to focus more of their attention on quality care instead of on shopping, menu planning and cooking.
To participate in the Meal Services Program, centers must maintain at least a 3-star license or be working toward a 3-star license through one of CCSA’s local quality improvement projects. This program is primarily available to child care programs in Durham and Orange counties.
Download the above Meal Services Program brochure
Food Insecurity in Children Ages Birth to Five: An Analysis of Childhood Food Insecurity in Wake, Durham and Orange Counties
As Child Care Services Association (CCSA) looks to grow and keep up with the demand of our Meal Services Program, there is a need for better data on food insecurity among children birth to five in the Triangle as well as an understanding of the causes and effects of food insecurity on early learners. This report outlines the concept and realities of food insecurity, the findings and methodology of mapping food insecurity in the Triangle and the implications these results have for CCSA. This report was created by students in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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