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Nutrition Services

EICAP Head Start nutrition services provide children with nutritionally balanced meals at the centers.  Head Start cooks prepare meals and snacks daily according to USDA standards.  

Head Start:

  • Encourages and uses family style dining during meal and snack time.
  • Serves a minimum of one hot meal and a snack every school day to each child in attendance.
  • Exposes children to different healthy food choices through monthly classroom experiences.
  • Provides assessments to help identify nutritional needs of the children.
  • Shares nutritional information to children, parents and staff.

The goal of nutrition services is to empower and educate parents to make healthy choices for themselves and their children.  Nutritional health enhances the ability to learn.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its 
customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, 
color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, 
reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial 
or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s 
income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic 
information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded 
by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs 
and/or employment activities.) 

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, 
complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, 
or call (866)632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter 
containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your 
completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, 
S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202)690-7442 or email at Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have 
speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 
(800)877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish). 

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 

USDA Child Nutrition Programs recognize the following protected classes: 
race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability.