Investing in early childhood nutrition is a surefire strategy. The returns are incredibly high.

Julie Webb Kelley

A healthy diet plays a vital role in improving the quality of life for all children. Those enrolled in the Head Start program receive delicious, nutritious meals, including breakfast, lunch and a snack each day for free. This food service program is funded by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and is administered locally by NEED as an important part of the Head Start program. Food selections and servings are designed to provide two-thirds of the daily nutritional requirements for children. The program encourages children to develop healthy eating habits and also introduces them to new foods they may never have tried. Healthy snacks are offered in fun, imaginative ways and sweets are generally avoided in favor of more nutritious snacks. Parents are requested not to send candy or other sugary treats to class.

"A child's body needs nutrition, not just food."

Julie Webb Kelley

All menus are carefully planned and reviewed. The Head Start staff works diligently with the parents of children who have food allergies or other special diet considerations. Children are served breakfast no matter when they arrive in the morning and lunch is served at 12 noon.

Julie Webb Kelley

Hours of Operation:

Monday        8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday        8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Thursday      8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday*          8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.​

*Open the first Friday of each month from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. all remaining Fridays are normal hours of operation





© 2017 by NEED, Inc.

200 North Church Street

Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Tel: 252-442-8081

Fax: 252-442-9650

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