ODESSA, TX (KMID/KPEJ) – Day cares across the nation are in for a menu makeover by 2017.
Monday The US Department of Agriculture announced new standards for what care takers can feed children at care facilities.
The Department says the new meal patterns with a wider variety of fruits, veggies, grains, and more, will result in healthy habits.
These habits, something children keep with them for the rest of their lives, according to the USDA.
“Since taste preference and eating habits develop early in life, [the National Child and Adult Care Food Program] could play a crucial role in the solution,” Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon said.
Director of Linda’s Little Angels Learning Center, Laura Hinds said their care center feeds children three times a day, and healthy options are important for child development.
“It’s for the benefit of the children to give them nutrition that they need,” she said. “If they’re getting healthy foods, then they’re growing like they need to be.”
Hinds said she believes parents will be happy with the new health guidelines, and they are.
“It would be really great,” mother of two Alma Copley said. “I wouldn’t have to be concerned about everything I put in their little lunch boxes, that way I know somebody’s taking care of them.”