Nutrition Division

ADVANCING IILA’S MISSION THROUGH NUTRITION

As a not-for-profit social and educational services agency with over 100 years of service, the mission of International Institute of Los Angeles is to empower some of our most vulnerable communities with the skills and abilities to overcome challenges and thrive in their new lives in Southern California. Our Nutrition Division ensures that we can provide our clients and childcare programs across Los Angeles with healthy meals for children to set them up for a lifetime of health and success.

HEALTHY HABITS FOR A HEALTHY FUTURE

Children’s experiences and the attitudes they develop will shape their future eating habits and impact their overall health. We believe that when children start their day with a nutritionally balanced meal, they are equipped to learn and grow, and start school – and life – prepared to thrive and succeed.

By instilling healthy eating habits from an early age, we can significantly increase children’s chances of avoiding many health issues later in life. Furthermore, optimal health and nutrition can help low-income and underserved children close the achievement gap through better performance at school and in life.

OUR MEAL TIME PHILOSOPHY

Our approach to meal service reflects the holistic social mission of IILA. We serve all of our meals “family style,” an approach affirmed by child development experts as the ideal way to help young ones learn the social skills that will assist them throughout their lives.

Sharing, looking out for others, learning healthy portion sizes, and interacting with teachers and peers are powerful developmental milestones strengthened through communal eating. Our meals are designed to encourage these experiences.

By modeling healthy practices and making mealtimes enjoyable and social, we can lay the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy habits.

IILA MEAL SERVICES FOR CHILDCARE CENTERS

Unlike some commercial, profit-oriented firms, IILA serves hot meals that we cook from scratch. Our top priority is serving the best interests of children who need every chance we can provide to them, not maximizing profits by mass-producing low-quality “TV dinner” meals.

We provide our meals to our own nine Child Care Centers, so we understand the needs and challenges that centers face. This allows us to be up-to-date on emerging State and Federal guidelines and best practices in the child development and nutrition field.

We can provide your center with free consultations on equipment, food handling procedures, ordering assistance, child nutrition, and meeting federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) requirements and nutrition standards.

OUR FACILITIES AND FOOD STANDARDS

Our on-site state-of-the-art commercial kitchen prepares approximately 1 million freshly cooked breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks each year to children enrolled in childcare programs across Los Angeles County.

Our excellent, government-approved meals are delivered fresh daily to your center by our in-house drivers and are packaged to be quickly and easily prepared and served.

Our meals are diverse and varied in order to meet health standards, cultural standards, dietary needs, and most importantly, children’s tastes and appetites!

Sample Menus: Click here to view our sample Breakfast, Lunch and Snack meals.

PARTNER WITH IILA NUTRITION SERVICES

IILA shares the same goals for transforming young children educationally and nutritionally for life-long advantage with the many centers we serve. Our meal service is part of an integrated partnership and we will work closely with you to meet your needs and goals.

Call us today at 323.224.3800 and find out how your child care center can purchase CACFP-approved IILA meals.

Dianna Wong
Division Director, Nutrition
Email: dwong@iilosangeles.org
Office: 323.224.3800 x203
Direct Line: 323.527.0991