Free Meals for Kids!
- Area school districts are offering free meals (breakfast and lunch) for all children in the community age 18 and younger (and up to age 26 for those with special needs).
- For more information on locations and schedules, check-out the links on our home page.
Click here to find a local farmer’s market this summer:
Meals served at Head Start follow the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. Learn more by downloading the following:
- Parent Information Sheet
- Hoja De Informacion Para Los Padres (Espanol)
- Non-discrimination statement (or see below)
Family Style Meals
- Meals at Head Start are served in a relaxed “family style” setting, with children and adults eating together. Children serve themselves (as able) and are allowed to choose from what is offered at the table. Children are encouraged to try all foods, but are not pressured or forced to eat or taste.
- A variety of food is served which broadens each child’s food experiences.
- Children in full-day classrooms receive breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.
- Children in half-day classrooms receive:
- AM Session – Breakfast and lunch
- PM Session – Lunch and afternoon snack
- Individual care is provided to meet special dietary needs.
- Lesson plans include food and nutrition-related activities.
Monthly Menus and Recipes
Healthy and Delicious Eating on a Budget:
- Food Hero – Where Healthy Food Is Fun, Fast, Tasty and Fits Your Budget http://foodhero.org/
- Meal Planning, Shopping, and Budgeting – from SNAP-Ed
- MyPlate Kitchen – Recipes, Cookbooks, Recipe Resources
- Cooking Matters – Check out shopping and cooking tips along with great recipes
- ChopChop – Tips and recipes to help children and families cook real food together
- Double Up Food Bucks – Learn how to stretch your food dollars!
- Eat Right When Money’s Tight – Learn tips to save money and eat healthy from SNAP-Ed
- Spend Smart. Eat Smart. app – Never overpay at the store again! With the free Spend Smart. Eat Smart. app, you’ll save money on groceries using a comparison calculator to find the best bargains. Also, check out the recipes!
Greater Lansing Food Bank – Ingham County Food Resources:
- Greater Lansing Food Bank Assistance Line: 517-899-9457 or 517-898-3165. Serves Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Isabella and Shiawassee counties.
- Assistance with SNAP (food stamp applications) and up-to-date information on food resources for your household.
- Referrals can be made for those in need of translation services.
- Tips for Feeding Picky Eaters – video (3:07)
- ChooseMyPlate – Help your preschooler eat well, be active, and grow up healthy!
- Video – What kind of Milk and how much should I give my child (age 2 years and older)?
- Video – Whole grains: how much is enough each day?
- Video – Child feeding
- Infant Nutrition
- Toddler Nutrition
- Preschool Nutrition and Fitness
- KidsEatRight.org is a great nutrition resource for parents! You will find tips, recipes and reliable advice about feeding children of all ages and stages.
“Meet Up & Eat Up” – Free Summer Meals for Kids!
Did you know the Summer Food Service Program, “Meet Up and Eat Up”, provides a place where kids 18 years and younger can go for healthy, free summer meals? To find a site near you, click here: Meet UP to Eat UP
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