The Co-op provides a vegetarian menu with a large variety of homemade recipes. We strive to purchase fresh, local, seasonal fruits and vegetables when available. We follow the most current “dirty dozen” list for purchasing organic fruits and vegetables. This list comes from The Local Environmental Working Group and targets fruits and vegetables that rank the highest in pesticide load. Milk is served with breakfast and lunch. Juice, milk or water is served with snacks. We will accommodate any food allergies with a medical statement from your child’s physician (please see the Business Manager for a specific form for your physician to fill out). The Co-op does not allow foods to be brought in outside the center unless we are unable to accommodate a physician documented food allergy or disability.
To be able to provide a well rounded quality menu the Co-op uses funding from the USDA food program to enable us to lower food costs. Families whose incomes meet USDA standards for free meals will have no separate charge for meals. Families who are above scale will receive afternoon snack at no separate charge, but will be charged 90 cents per breakfast and $1.50 per lunch for their child. Families who are reduced scale will receive afternoon snack at no separate charge, but will be charged .30 cents for breakfast and .40 cents per lunch for their child. At the end of each month, we will tally the number of meals your child has participated in at the Co-op and charge for those meals only.
The USDA food program requires that the Co-op provides regular intervals of meals through out the day. This requires us to have set times to serve the meals. If you want your child to eat with us please make sure he/she is here at the beginning of the scheduled meal
The Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs (ODE CNP) works closely with the regional USDA Office of Civil Rights and other organizations committed to equal educational opportunity and respectful environments.
ODE CNP actively promotes equity. We offer training and technical assistance to ODE CNP sponsors and providers to assist them with their responsibilities regarding discrimination and harassment. ODE CNP also conducts workshops on these and related subjects at state, regional, local program sites, and conferences. Future activities include developing outreach strategies and tactics aimed at inclusiveness and increased program participation.
To file a Child Nutrition Programs complaint of discrimination with the State of Oregon, please send an email to ODE.CNPCivilRights@state.or.us or write Director of Child Nutrition Programs, Oregon Department of Education, 255 Capitol Street NE, Salem, OR 97310 or call (503) 947-5888, (voice) or (503) 378-2892 (TDD).
“In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”