real food every day!
We prepare our sauces, dips, dressings, marinades, cookies, muffins and loaves in the Real Food Kitchen. Yeah, you could call us control freaks… we won’t be offended. What we won’t do is outsource our control of ingredients or nutritional goals to some big food company just to get cheaper prices.
Our hot lunch menu and snack program exceeds the requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA). RFRK menus are always reviewed and approved by a third-party Registered Dietitian.
how does real food make a difference to growing kids?
fresh, tasty & nutritious
Our menu changes with every season to ensure we’re maximizing variety on the plate! Who doesn’t love digging into juicy stone fruit and watermelon in the summer or chick-a-noodle soup and pumpkin loaf in the winter?! Each month we offer a variety of globally inspired dishes and fresh produce to expand the palates of our learning eaters!
an ingredient list you can trust
RFRK’s menus are always developed with healthy bodies and delicious taste in mind. We start by analyzing all ingredients to avoid nutrient-void fillers and artificial colours, flavours, and sweeteners. Even our everyday pantry is one to brag about with basics like sea salt, nutritional yeast, dehydrated carrots and maple syrup.
Once we’ve stacked our ingredient deck, we develop recipes with a goal of reducing total salt, sugar and saturated fat content per meal, without compromising flavour and taste. By cooking in our own kitchen, we are in control of our recipes as well as the cooking methods used!
We’re proud to create a menu that celebrates the cultural diversity of the communities we serve. As adults, we remind ourselves that culturally adventurous foods are enjoyed by kids everyday around the world (without protest!). To us, serving a multicultural menu is about setting kids up to develop a taste for different foods and flavours, while being mindful to balance both the familiar and the new. Our menu includes recipes from North America, Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. We don’t just break bread together… we break pita, focaccia and tortilla!
industry-leading allergy & special meal program
As a food manufacturer, we insist on complete control of our recipes and their ingredients, especially when it comes to serving 3,000+ kids with special allergy and dietary restrictions.
We never have peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish or pork (or their derivatives) in our kitchen. Parents and caregivers love the peace of mind that comes with customized menu plans and individually sealed and labeled replacement meals for every child with an allergy or dietary restriction. And with substitute items like Real Food Kitchen-made muffins baked with bean and rice flours, dairy-free soy yogurt, and a complete 4-week cycle of delicious alternative and vegetarian meals, kids with special dietary needs enjoy the same variety of delicious, nutritious food as their friends!