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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.  Please ask the teacher for the number of children who will be in attendance, any food allergies, or special dietary restrictions on the day you plan to bring treats.

Food Allergies

Special attention is paid to your child’s needs. Alternative food choices will be provided to protect your child when items that he/she is sensitive are on the menu. You will be required to provide doctor's documentation of your child's allergy.   The Academy provides 8th Continent Soy Milk as an alternative choice, other alternative milk products will need to be provided by the family.  

Meal Costs

Tuition fees include the cost of meals and snacks for your child.  You are required to complete the Child and Adult Care Food Program enrollment form so that MSSU may receive reimbursement for food costs in the Lion Cub Academy.  


Sample Lunch Menu

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, Peas and Peaches
4 Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich,  Mixed Vegetables and Pears 5 Meatball Sandwich, Broccoli and Fruit Cocktail 6 Chicken Ranch Wrap, Green Beans and Tropical Fruit 7 Corn Dogs, French Fries, Sliced Carrots and Pineapples 8 Fish Sandwich, Corn and Orange Wedges
11 Turkey Wrap w/ lettuce & Cheese, Green Beans and Peaches 12 Beefy Pasta Casserole, Tossed Salad w/ Dressing, Breadsticks and Pears 13 Turkey  Sandwich, Mixed Vegetables and Pineapples 14 Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza, Broccoli w/ Ranch Dressing,  Cinnamon Apples, and Yogurt 15 Chicken Tenders, Dinner Roll, Sliced Carrots and Bananas
18 Chicken Soft Tacos, 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,  Steamed Broccoli and Sliced Apples 22 Sloppy Joes Sandwiches, Sliced Carrots and Pineapple
25 Ham & Cheese wrap w/ Lettuce,  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  Grilled Chicken, Dinner Rolls, Peas and Pears