Food that is served at the Lab School is meant to provide a healthy, nutritious boost for children’s growing bodies. We believe that young children are capable of making healthy food choices if they are exposed to a wide variety of nutritious and delicious foods. A mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack is served daily. The Director oversees our nutrition program. In light of current recommendations by the USDA we emphasize low fat (no trans-fats), low sugar (no high fructose corn syrup), whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat, hormone and antibiotic free dairy products, non-peanut nut butters and frequent opportunities to participate in preparing food from scratch. Whenever possible we purchase organic food.
**Due to the number of children who have severe or life-threatening peanut allergies, peanuts, peanut butter and all products containing peanuts and peanut oil are not served at school AND SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT FROM HOME.
Food From Home
Parents who wish to provide their child’s class with a special snack may either bring commercially prepared food or arrange with the teacher to prepare something with the children at school. It is a Minnesota Department of Health regulation that food that has been prepared at home may not be served to the children. We ask that families consider our nutrition guidelines, stated above, when providing a snack for their child’s classroom. A list of healthy suggestions is available from the Director. Because many parents restrict their children’s sugar intake, we discourage the sharing of highly sugared treats. Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated.
Special Dietary Needs
Teachers should be informed at the preadmission visit of any foods a child may not eat. If a child’s diet is seriously limited, parents may be requested to provide snacks for their child.