If you are old enough, you may recall ABC’s cartoon ad touting, “You are what you eat from your head down to your feet”. It is understood that good nutrition and physical activity are key to a healthy child. Elmwood is committed to encouraging healthy eating habits by providing a variety of nutritious, child-friendly foods, as we know that what our campers eat contributes to their energy level, focus, and overall well-being.
Children have a variety of taste and texture preferences, as well as a tendency to make more courageous food choices outside of the home, which is one reason we offer an array of lunch and snack options. We want to make sure our campers have a “go to” lunch choice and also encourage them to try new things. With this in mind, we have a daily salad bar with a wide variety of options including assorted vegetables, hard boiled eggs, beans, grilled chicken and fresh fruit; and serve a daily sandwich bar including fresh turkey sandwiches, soynut butter and jelly sandwiches, cheese sandwiches and cream cheese and jelly sandwiches.
Meals are an important part of the camp day for groups, and we are committed to ensuring that every child has a positive experience at snack or lunch, where no one is singled out for any food restrictions. Managing our campers with food allergies is a purposeful, thoughtful, and critical part of our food service program. Elmwood is a peanut and tree nut free facility and we have daily gluten free and dairy free options. We recognize that for some children a more personalized meal plan is required and Hillari and our Division Heads partner with families to ensure everyone feels cared for and safe. As our campers get older, we encourage them to be active participants in understanding their food restrictions and choices, so they may become empowered to be their own best advocates.
Our menu is ever evolving as we strive to meet the varied needs of our campers. What will never change, however, is our commitment to providing a menu made with fresh, high quality ingredients and love!
We serve a completely trans fat free menu, 100% whole wheat bread products, antibiotic and hormone free meat products, and organic dairy.