Nutrition & Wellness

In 2021–22, all students are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch, regardless of family income. This is part of the National School Lunch Program and the Seamless Summer Option, which the USDA has modified in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students in our after-school programs will receive a snack free of charge.

At-school Learning

On school days, Creative Minds offers free breakfast, lunch, and an after-school snack to students in the school building. We partner with Top Spanish, a local catering company, to provide our students with balanced, healthy meals and snacks.

To sign up for breakfast and lunch, submit this form; please submit one form per child. There is no need to sign up for after-school snacks.

Remote Learning

Students who are learning remotely due to a medical waiver, or who have met COVID-19 exclusion criteria and are learning at home for at least one week, may participate in our free-meal delivery program. Through this program, Creative Minds students receive a weekly delivery of five breakfasts and five lunches at their homes. Registration is required.

To sign up for meal delivery, email Heather Hesslink at heather.hesslink@cmipcs.org and provide the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Daytime phone number
  • Email address (if you have one)
  • Address in DC that you’d like food delivered to
  • Names of the Creative Minds students you’re registering

Cost & Eligibility

Though meals are free for all students in 2021–22, we encourage families to apply for the free and reduced-price meals (FARM) program. FARM-qualified families are eligible for benefits such as discounts on Extended Creative Day, our program of after-school activities. Find FARM applications below.

August–September Menu

National School Lunch Program

Creative Minds is a participant in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The NSLP is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches for students who qualify on the basis of family income.

Students who receive school breakfast and lunch through the NSLP are provided meals from Top Spanish Catering.

Though meals are free for all students in 2021–22, we encourage families to apply for the free and reduced-price meals (FARM) program. FARM-qualified families are eligible for benefits such as discounts on Extended Creative Day, our program of after-school activities.

Families can apply for FARM through the National School Lunch Program by submitting an application:

Completed applications may be returned to the front desk or emailed to frontdesk@cmipcs.org.

Wellness

Children’s diet has a significant influence on their ability to focus and learn. A healthy digestive system has a positive effect on the nervous system and increases attention and mental clarity.  At Creative Minds International PCS, we teach children about health and nutrition in the curriculum.

We also promote student wellness through opportunities for movement and exercise throughout the school day. Activities include yoga, dance, sensory integration work, and physically active games.

Our students benefit from outdoor learning in our natural play space, which features a classroom, art studio, and school garden. The Creative Minds natural play space was sponsored by the Creative Families Association.

Health Information

 

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (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.

District of Columbia Human Rights Act

Also, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, approved December 13, 1977 (DC law 2-38; DC official code §2-1402.11(2006), as amended) states the following:

It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice to do any of the following
acts, wholly or partially for a discriminatory reason based upon the actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, or political affiliation of any individual. To file a complaint alleging discrimination on one of these bases, please contact the District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights at (202) 727-4559 or ohr@dc.gov.

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