CCSA’s Meal Services Program provides high-quality and affordable nutritious meals and snacks per day to children enrolled in participating child care centers, keeping children healthy, helping teachers focus on teaching, and saving providers money. Learn more about how your program can participate.
For more than 30 years, CCSA has offered catered meals following U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines with ample portion sizes that meet or exceed Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) standards.
With the Meal Services Program buying food in bulk, child care centers can purchase nutritional meals and snacks at an affordable rate, without having to maintain expensive kitchens. The program also allows directors to focus more of their attention on quality care instead of on shopping, menu planning and cooking.
Prioritizing fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while limiting salt,
sugar, fat and preservatives makes CCSA’s Meal Services Program
unique. Meals are crafted with care and whenever possible, we source
local products for our menus (including meat, dairy, fruits and
vegetables). The meal preparation team uses only canola and olive oil in
cooking and uses nutritious brown rice, whole-grain breads and whole
wheat macaroni whenever possible. In addition, special diets and food
allergies are accommodated with appropriate substitutions. The menus
vary by the season and new foods are introduced to children in tasty and
appealing ways. Our meals are fresh, unique, liked and local.
View this month’s menu below:
How to Participate
To participate in the Meal Services Program, centers must maintain at least a 3-star license or be working toward a 3-star license through one of CCSA’s local quality improvement projects. This program is primarily available to child care centers in Durham, Orange and Wake counties. Download the brochure to learn more about eligibility and participation.
CCSA’s Meal Services Responds During COVID-19 with Durham FEAST
Meal Services Testimonials
Both of my children were lucky enough to eat Robert’s food [through CCSA’s Meal Services] while they were in child care. They each came home daily raving about the healthy food…My son has asked me many times why we can’t just have Robert’s food at home and was disappointed to find out that we can’t just order it. Recently, he has started asking for Robert’s recipes daily and wondering why Robert doesn’t have a cookbook.
— Parent of participating center
Child Care Services Association’s Meal Services Program provides good nutritious and diverse meals that complement the daily learning and physical development of our diverse population.
— Director of participating center
After going for a physical, one of our students found out he was overweight. At the mother’s request, we gave her a menu from CCSA’s meal program so the physician could review the meals we typically receive. The mother called very excited that the physician thought the menus were extremely nutritious and she didn’t need to supplement anything. He told her that she could use our menu as a guide when preparing meals at home.
— Director of participating center
Food Insecurity in Children Ages Birth to Five
An Analysis of Childhood Food Insecurity in Wake, Durham and Orange Counties
As Child Care Services Association (CCSA) looks to grow and keep up with the demand of our Meal Services Program, there is a need for better data on food insecurity among children birth to five in the Triangle as well as an understanding of the causes and effects of food insecurity on early learners. This report outlines the concept and realities of food insecurity, the findings and methodology of mapping food insecurity in the Triangle and the implications these results have for CCSA. This report was created by students in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019.
Meal Services News
- Since April 20, 2020, CCSA’s Meal Services’ Durham kitchen has been providing 200 breakfasts and 200 lunches each day to children in Durham through Durham FEAST.
- Child Care Services Association (CCSA) releases “Food Insecurity in Children Ages Birth to Five: An Analysis of Childhood Food Insecurity in Wake, Durham and Orange Counties” report Chapel Hill, N.C., […]
- Children observed CCSA Meal Services’ food prep, saw some kitchen tools and even taste-tested a new recipe prepared for the occasion. They now have a visual of what goes into making our meals.