We work closely with our caterers to provide diverse and nutritionally balanced snacks and lunches.
All our programs provide a morning and an afternoon snack. All snacks follow Canada’s Food Guide. Snack is provided as a choice. Some of our YMCA Early Years programs provide a catered lunch. All YMCA Out of School Care and some Early Years programs require lunch to be provided by the parent/guardian, if necessary. Educators will encourage healthy eating but will not force children to have snack or complete their lunches.
YMCA menus are posted for families and Educators and will be reviewed by the Management team with input from Child Care programs.
While menu items will not be revised for children with allergies and food sensitivities, substitutions will be made if need be or the program will work with the family for the family to provide alternate items.
Many of our programs are designated as Nut Aware facilities and because of the nature of our programs and our involvement in the community it is not possible to be an entirely nut free facility. Your Director will notify you if your facility is not Nut Aware or has any allergy concerns. We ask that parent/guardians do not send products containing nuts to any of our Child Care Programs.