Meals at ACCD

ACCD serves healthy, homemade meals prepared in our own kitchen. We serve nutritious meals that introduce children to new foods and encourage healthy eating habits. We prepare alternative food items/meals for children who have special dietary needs, religious beliefs or allergies.

Part of our curriculum is to teach children about the benefits of food they put into their bodies. Teachers encourage proper table manners and conversation with “Please,” “Thank you,” and “May I have more?”

ACCD’s regular meal schedule includes breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack. Our resident chef prides herself on making dishes “from scratch” and introducing new tastes. Her presentation of meals is fun and child-friendly. She is very careful to respect special dietary needs and restrictions.

During normal times, meals are served family style on “real” dinnerware. Children are encouraged to serve themselves when age appropriate. Due to COVID-19 precautions, family style service has been temporarily suspended. Meals are now plated for each child and served on disposable ware.

ACCD participates in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and meets all of its guidelines.

Special Requests

Food Allergies

My child has food allergies. Do you provide alternate meal plans?


Our staff is prepared to provide for special dietary needs or restrictions, e.g. gluten free, peanut free, vegetarian, lactose intolerant. However, when a specific brand or product is required, we may ask that you provide it, e.g. soy milk, gluten free snacks etc.

Snacks to Share

I want to bring snacks to share with my child’s classroom. What kind are allowed?


ACCD is an inclusive Center serving children who have many different dietary needs and beliefs. We do not want children to feel “left out” when snacks are provided that may not be safe for them to eat. Therefore, we encourage parents to bring non-food items such as stickers, washable markers, etc. as treats on special days.​


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Aldersgate Center for Child Development
4301 Ambrose Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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