Healthy eating is a core principle at The Guild because it is important to your student’s overall health both now and in the future. Therefore, we serve nutritious and delicious foods cooked from scratch, using carefully selected products. Whenever possible, we use farm fresh produce, products from local vendors and items from our own gardens at the school and our residences. During growing seasons, each student home has a crop share at Land’s Sake Farm in Weston, Massachusetts.
We are sensitive to your student’s specialized dietary needs. Therefore, we accommodate the needs of individuals with food allergies, specialized medical needs and those picky eaters out there. We offer the following daily dietary options:
Peanut and tree-nut free
Diabetic diet plans
A list of food ingredients with nutritional information is provided to students and staff for all packaged foods served in the cafeteria.
If your student has a food allergy, please make sure you inform us during your student’s admissions review, or inform your student’s nursing case manager as soon as the allergy becomes known. If your student has highly specialized dietary needs, we would arrange a meeting for you with our Director of Wellness & Nutrition and our Director of Health Services to develop a carefully designed plan before your student is enrolled.
In Our School:
Breakfast selections are available throughout the school day and consist of:
whole grain cereals, a gluten-free cereal, or oatmeal
low-fat milk, fat-free milk, lactose-free milk, or soy milk
non-fat yogurts or soy yogurt
four fresh fruits daily
100% fruit juices and pure water
A hot lunch bar is open daily with a varied menu. A 16 option salad bar is also offered daily. It includes a variety of farm fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits, lean protein sources, legumes and whole grains. A variety of low fat salad dressings accompany these selections.
Lunch is available to your day or residential student from 11AM to 1PM daily. Students typically come to the cafeteria with their teachers and classmates at a pre-determined lunch time. Our cafeteria also becomes an important place for learning. Students have work shifts setting up the cafeteria, serving foods and washing dishes. Occupational therapists assist students with improving eating skills. And, lunch time is a great time to work on social skills.
We are pleased to announce we have gone green – no Styrofoam or plastic containers are used in our cafeteria. Also, our water fountain is equipped with a reverse-osmosis filtration system for the purest drinking water.
In Our Residences:
Our healthy eating focus carries over to our residences. Residential staff learn about nutrition and food preparation from our Director of Wellness & Nutrition. All proposed menus are reviewed to ensure they meet appropriate guidelines for maintaining healthy eating. Student and staff go together to local shopping spots. During growing season, they may gather recipe ingredients from their backyard gardens. Each student typically gets to plan one night’s dinner per week. When your student has planned a menu, your student will help prepare the meal with staff support – as much or as little support will be provided as needed.
Specialized food products and menus for your student are planned with the same care as is taken during the school day.