The Children’s Collective, Inc. promotes Health and Wellness through the nutritious meals it serves to children and youth daily. Prepared in TCCI’s kitchens, these meals emphasize fresh fruit and vegetables, with limited salt and saturated fats. Annually, the agency serves more than 225,000 breakfasts, lunches and snacks to eligible children enrolled in its programs.
All meals are served in a family style setting. Teachers sit with children during their meals, and provide role models for appropriate meal-time behavior, eating familiar and unfamiliar food, and sociability. Additionally, meal time provides opportunities to learn about food groups and where food comes from, as well as to reinforce key concepts such as colors, shapes, flavors, sizes and textures.