Food Menu



Knox County Head Start is pleased to serve healthy meals and snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Below is a chart of meal requirements from the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S.D.A. Here is a link to a Sample Menu. (We do not put our actual menus on the website because they are subject to change frequently based on what fruits/vegetables are in season. Thank you for understanding!)



Other Facts:

  • We do our best to serve fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. The only canned vegetable we serve at this time is green beans. On the sample menu, you can see that we serve lots of different fruits and vegetables. Then only canned fruits are pears, peaches, pineapple, and applesauce; all the others are fresh when available or frozen.
  •  Tami Ruhl, Registered Dietician, is contracted with KCHS and approves all menus.
  •  Water is available at all times in the classroom and on the playground. It is also served with all lunches, along with milk, to encourage drinking of water.
  •  We all serve whole grain breads and pastas and snacks when available.
  •  One hundred percent juice is served, but we have limited juice on our menu and prefer to serve the actual fruit rather than juice.
  •  We only have special diets for children with allergies or special needs. These forms are signed by a physician.
  •  We also have a form for families’ beliefs that parents can complete. Some families do not eat pork, or possibly their family is vegan, etc. We will adapt whatever is needed for a family’s individual needs.

For more information, contact your Center Manager or Donna Beckley at 740-397-1344.



Menu Form   Age Group  
  1-2 3-5 6-12
Milk/fluid 1/2 cup 3/4 cup 1 cup
Vegetable and/or fruit juice 1/4 cup 1/2 cup 1/2 cup
Cereal/bread 1/3 oz. or 1/2 slice 1/2 oz. or 1/2 slice 1 oz. or 1 slice
Milk/fluid 1/2 cup 3/4 cup 1 cup
Meal/alternate 1 oz. 1 1/2 oz. 2 oz.
Bread/alternate 1/2 slice 1/2 slice 2 oz.
Vegetable/fruit   2 servings total:  
Vegetable/fruit 1/4 cup 1/2 cup 3/4 cup
Snack (choose 2 of 4)      
 Milk/fluid 1/2 cup 1/2 cup 1 cup
  1/2 cup 1/2 cup 3/4 cup
Bread/alternate 1/2 slice 1/2 slice 1 slice
Meat/alternate 1/2 oz. 1/2 oz. 1 oz.


CACFP Nondiscrimination Statement


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(1)  Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or


(3) Email: [email protected].



This institution is an equal opportunity provider.