Nutrition Services

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Nutrition Services

The Neighborhood House Association’s Nutrition Services is located in a centralized food service operation in the heart of San Diego. Often referred to as the “central kitchen,” Nutrition Services operates within 16,000 square feet of space, where the staff prepares daily breakfast, lunch, snack and supper for thousands of children all over San Diego County. The team is led by a registered dietitian, who works closely with the chef on staff to ensure that meals are tasty and nutrient-dense.All meals prepared exceed meal pattern guidelines provided by the USDA’s Child Care Food Program. NHA is leading the way nationally in bringing made-from-scratch, nutritious, whole and natural food to preschoolers and helping to dispel the myth that kids will not eat “healthy” food.

NHA’s Approach to Child Nutrition

NHA believes in providing food that will give each child the largest dose of nutrients in every bite of food. Children’s bodies develop fastest during their early years so it is important they have the opportunity to choose healthful and nutritionally-balanced foods to eat. NHA also strives to teach children about healthy lifestyles by introducing them to a variety of foods that are flavorful, balanced, nutritious and culturally diverse.NHA’s innovative approach to healthy school menus and child nutrition has received national and local acclaim from the media, public policy makers, nutrition experts and the California Head Start Association.

Guaranteed Services

NHA’s Nutrition Services receives, handles, prepares and transports food according to all federal, state and local laws pertaining to safe food handling. The Nutrition Services program is committed to delivering excellent customer service and to growing long-term community partnerships for the development of healthy families.

Food Service

NHA’s Nutrition Services provides a cutting-edge menu that is balanced in calories, carbohydrates, fat, protein and nutrients. NHA’s competitively-priced food service operation features:

  • Kid-tested and approved meals
  • Ethnically diverse menus
  • Natural and organic foods
  • Recipes that are homemade in our facility daily
  • Conversions to accommodate food allergies and intolerances
  • Ability to use the menu as a nutrition teaching tool for children and families

Additional Services

  • Catering
  • Consulting
  • Menu design
  • Streamlining kitchen operations
  • Simplifying mass production
  • Nutrition education group sessions for staff and families
  • Minimizing costs
  • Food safety and sanitation training
  • Specialized training for cooks

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

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(866) 632-9992. 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 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)      fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)      email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.