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The Culinary Experience at UMCDC

Food + Nutrition

Nutrition is a major factor in the physical, social, mental, and emotional development of children. UMCDC offers a good opportunity to establish nutritionally sound eating habits as well as an understanding of the relationship between eating together, food, serving portions, health, and growth.

Our goal is to have a positive influence in broadening children’s food experiences while being conscious of young children’s tastes, appetites and choke-able food restrictions.

UMCDC’s cook is responsible for providing infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with a nutritious and balanced breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. A variety of high quality, wholesome, unprocessed foods that exceed USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program requirements are offered. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus are available.

We provide infants with commercial baby food and formula containing no added sugar or salt. Breast milk may be stored and served to attendants in accordance with Minnesota DHS licensing, or mothers may prefer to come to UMCDC and nurse in the room set aside for this purpose.

Parents may purchase lunch for $3.00, if they notify the front desk no later than 9:00 am on the day of their lunch visit.

Accommodating for Special Dietary Needs

Parents of children with special dietary needs must consult with UMCDC’s cook as well as the child’s teacher regarding substitutions. Following this, a special diet statement form (available upon request from the front desk) must be completed, signed by your child’s health care provider and submitted to the cook before we can serve your child a meal substitution.

Parent requests for vegetarian or religious/cultural substitutions are accommodated to a practical degree for feeding a large population of young children within government and program guidelines. The cook decides what vegetarian alternatives for meat, poultry, or fish are to be provided.

Civil Rights for USDA Programs

Civil Rights Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed a civil rights statement for use in its various programs. The purpose of the civil rights statement is to inform applicants, participants and potentially eligible persons of the policy of nondiscrimination and the procedure for filing a civil rights complaint to the USDA.

Sponsors are required to include the nondiscrimination statement on publications, websites, posters and informational materials mentioning USDA programs.

The standard/full civil rights statement must be used wherever possible.

If the material is too small to permit the full statement to be included, the condensed civil rights statement may be used. The material must, at a minimum, include the civil rights statement in print size no smaller than the text used throughout the document.

Standard/Full Civil Rights Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

Little girl biting into an apple slice

Toddler smiling while eating a sandwhich

Toddler licking their fingers during lunchtime