spoonFULL, formerly 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.
spoonFULL buys food in bulk, allowing child care centers to 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 spoonFULL unique. Meals are crafted with care with local products whenever possible (including locally sourced 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, we will accommodate special diets and food allergies 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:
Planning, shopping for and preparing nutritionally balanced and varied meals is one of the most difficult tasks a center faces. CCSA’s Meal Services Program saves me an unimaginable amount of time each day — and we are impressed with the quality of food served by the program.
— Director of participating center
Many families lament to us how much they and their children will miss the [spoonFULL] food program when they leave our program. Several parents have told us that when looking for their child’s next school, they will only consider programs that provide meals because of the convenience, nutritional aspects and their child’s varied palate, and how well they eat at our program.
— Director/Owner 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
How to Participate
To participate in spoonFULL, 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.
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, spoonFULL, 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.
To provide these meals, spoonFULL has needed a reliable partner to deliver meals safely and efficiently in time for our center partners, and for 16+ years, CCSA has partnered with Budget Courier Service to make it all possible.
Overwhelmingly, the results show CCSA provides a service that meets centers’ needs, one they can rely on every day. This has been critical during the past year where everything changed regularly.
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