Martin Luther Child Care provides children with nutritious meals and snacks that are provided by Wholesome Kids Catering and delivered fresh every day. The four week rotational seasonal menus are designed by qualified nutritionists and registered dieticians that meet or exceed the guidelines set out in the Child Care Early Years Act, the recommendations set out in the Health Canada documents “Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide” and “Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating Guidelines”, as well as City of Toronto Assessment for Quality Improvement Requirements.
The menu selections offered provide variety as well as reflect the cultural diversity and preferences of the families and children enrolled in the Centre. Children attending the full day programs (6+ hours per day) are provided with nutritious hot lunches, as well as morning and (two) afternoon snacks. Meals and snacks are healthy and nutritional, and each meal includes at least four food groups, and snacks at least 2 (typically 3) food groups. Children attending the Before and After School program are offered a morning and afternoon snack with beverage each day, on regular school days.
In order to meet children’s individual needs, special dietary and feeding arrangements are provided by parents at enrollment and any time a change may occur.
Information shared by the parents regarding all religious or health-based food restrictions / requirements are communicated to the cater in order to ensure children’s dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Due to the possibility of severe (fatal) allergic reactions to peanuts and other nut products, the catering company we use as well as our Centre premises are peanut and nut free. Outside food is not permitted to be consumed onsite.