Food Menu

KCHS serves healthy meals approved by USDA’s CACFP Program.  KCHS’s best practice is to serve fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. When that is not possible, we will serve frozen fruits or vegetables before serving canned foods to lower the sodium content in children’s diets. Under CACFP rules, cereals cannot have more than six grams of sugar per dry ounce. Yogurt must not have more than 23 grams of sugar per six ounces. We are required to serve one serving of whole grain daily; however, the best practice is to serve whole grains as much as possible.

If your child is enrolled in the half-day program, he/she will receive breakfast and lunch or lunch and snack.  If your child is enrolled in the 6.5-hour or Full-Day program, he/she will receive breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.

The five food groups are: Fruit, Grain, Lean  Meat/Poultry, Milk/Yogurt and Vegetables/Beans
For specifics regarding meals, U.S.D.A. food requirements, etc., please visit:

Knox County Head Start is a sponsoring organization of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). As a result, the program receives meal reimbursement from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Ohio Department of Education. Breakfast, lunch, and a healthy snack are provided at the center. Knox County Head Start practices family-style dining at each meal whenever possible.


Why are healthy eating habits important?

Research tells us that the way young children eat, move, and sleep can impact their weight now and in the future. Healthy habits start early in life. Parents are their child’s best role model for healthy eating habits. Encouraging and supporting very young children to enjoy active play and choose healthy foods can set a lifelong pattern of healthy active living. Students with healthy eating and exercise habits have better attendance, improved concentration, fewer behavioral concerns, and greater overall achievement in school. Knox County Head Start will provide monthly resources with some suggestions to encourage your child to grow healthy. Pick one, try it! If it doesn’t work for your family, choose another!

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a complainant should complete Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation.

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 Indepependence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: [email protected].

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.