Nutritious Meals & Healthy Lifestyles
Each year YFS Nutrition Services provides more than 800,000 well-balanced meals and snacks to children in YFS agency programs and to children receiving care from registered, in-home child care providers through the Family Child Care Nutrition program.
In addition to providing quality nutritious meals and snacks, staff offer nutrition counseling, resources, and education services to promote positive food attitudes and healthy eating habits.
YFS Nutrition Services offers support to family and group family child care providers enrolled in the Family Child Care Nutrition Program by reimbursing them for serving healthy meals and snacks and providing assistance in meal planning, meal preparation, nutrition education, and program management.
The Family Child Care Nutrition Program also promotes positive food attitudes and healthy eating habits. It supports providers in understanding the role nutrition plays in a child’s physical, mental, and social health.
YFS sponsors the program in 21 western South Dakota counties. Any registered/licensed family or group family child care provider my participate. The Family Child Care Nutrition Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child & Adult Care Food Program. YFS has been a sponsor of the Family Child Care Food Program since 1984. To contact YFS' Family Child Care Nutrition Program, please call 605-341-7205.
For more information on this program, or to obtain the necessary forms, please click here.
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Youth & Family Services
120 East Adams St.
Rapid City, SD 57701
Youth & Family Services
PO Box 2813
Rapid City, SD 57709-2813
Summer Food Program
During the summer, Youth & Family Services offers free meals (breakfast and lunch) to any children, ages 1-18. Meals are served on a walk-in basis and no registration is required. Accompanying adults may purchase a meal for $2.50.
Breakfast and lunches are served Monday - Friday, (May 30- August 18, 2017) at 410 E. Monroe St. in Rapid City. Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunches will also be served at the Mother Butler Center (May 30- August 25, 2017) located at 231 Knollwood Drive in Rapid City from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Summer Food Program is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). For more information, call Melissa Byars at (605) 341-7231.
YFS Nutri-Library offers resources including established wellness curriculum books, videos, and DVDs, music, creative movement props and food models for demonstrations.
Nutrition Education and Counseling
YFS’ Registered Dietitian offers nutrition counseling within agency programs on a referral basis. Additionally, nutrition education classes and trainings are offered to families and staff to instill the importance of healthy lifestyles. Nutrition Services staff members also promote wellness activities and encourage children enrolled in YFS programs to engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity.
Youth & Family Services is pleased to partner with Share Our Strength® to bring Cooking Matters® programming to YFS families. As part of the No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters effectively empowers families and caregivers to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.
YFS Nutrition Services will be facilitating Cooking Matters programming to parents of children, ages 0-5, enrolled in YFS programs. Families will be offered guided tours of local grocery stores or will be able to visit a mock, pop-up grocery store set up by YFS. During these store visits, staff will talk to families about ways they can save money and buy healthful foods when grocery shopping. For more information about Cooking Matters please contact YFS’ Registered Dietitian at 341-7203. For additional Cooking Matters resources, visit their website at www.cookingmatters.org.