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Meals and Nutrition

Child Development Center

Meals at the MSSU Lion Cub Academy

Catered by Fresh Ideas the Missouri Southern State University campus food service.

Meal and Snack Times


Birthdays are a special time that we enjoy sharing with your child. Treats may be sent for your child’s birthday; however, we request that all treats be pre-packaged. We cannot serve homemade goodies. Please give advance notice to your child’s teacher if you intend to bring treats. The teacher will inform you of the number of children who will be in attendance on the day you plan to bring treats and of any food allergies or special dietary restrictions.

Food Allergies

Special attention is paid to your child’s needs. Alternative food choices will be provided to protect your child when items to which he/she is sensitive are on the menu. You will be required to provide lactose alternatives if your child is allergic to milk as milk is provided with every meal and many snack times.

Meal Costs

Meals and snacks for your child are provided in the tuition fees. You are asked to complete the state food program enrollment form so that MSSU might receive reimbursement for food costs in the Lion Cub Academy. Participation in this program helps keep tuition rates low for the MSSU daycare.

Sack Lunches

From time to time when the campus food service Fresh Ideas is closed, children are asked to bring a sack lunch from home. Breakfast and snacks will still be provided by the Lion Cub Academy.

Special Diet

The Lion Cub Academy and Sodexo work together to provide meal alternatives for individuals who are Vegan or Vegetarian. Your assistance is required to provide food items if your child requires a gluten-free diet.

Sample Menus

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Milk is served with every meal and most snacks. Fruit juice is substituted for milk with some snacks.       1 Chicken Patty Sandwich, French Fries, Peas and Peaches
4 Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Potato Chips, Mixed Vegetables and Pears 5 Meatball Sandwich, Tator Tots, Broccoli and Fruit Cocktail 6 Chicken Ranch Wrap, Frito Corn Chips, Green Beans and Tropical Fruit 7 Corn Dogs, French Fries, Sliced Carrots and Pineapples 8 Fish Sandwich Potato Chips Corn and Orange Wedges
11 Turkey Wrap w/ lettuce & Cheese, Potato Chips, Green Beans and Peaches 12 Beefy Pasta Casserole, Tossed Salad w/ Dressing, Breadsticks and Pears 13 Turkey Fritter Sandwich, Tator Tots, Mixed Vegetables and Pineapples 14 Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza, Broccoli w/ Ranch Dressing, and Cinnamon Apples Yogurt 15 Chicken Tenders, French Fries, Sliced Carrots and Bananas
18 Chicken Soft Tacos, Mexican Rice, Corn and Fruit Cocktail 19 Breaded Chicken Sandwich, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Peas and Peaches 20 Beefy Tomato Mac, Green Beans, Garlic Bread and Pears 21 Gyro Sandwiches, French Fries, Steamed Broccoli and Sliced Apples 22 Sloppy Joes, Tator Tots, Sliced Carrots and Pineapple
25 Ham & Cheese wrap w/ Lettuce, Potato Chips, Carrots Sticks w/ Ranch Dressing and Orange Wedges 26 Breaded Chicken Tenders, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans and Pineapple 27 Frito Chili Pie, Tossed Salad w/ Ranch Dressing, Corn and Peaches 28 Chicken Pot Pie, Steamed Broccoli, Biscuits and Fruit Cocktail 29 Chicken Sandwich, French Fries, Peas and Pears