Meals

Our meals are prepared with fresh ingredients by our expert staff. Each day begins with a wholesome breakfast, afternoons are energized with a nourishing lunch, and evenings are wrapped up with a hearty supper. All meals are 100% delicious and 100% nutritious!

Meals are served buffet-style, and include a variety of kid-friendly choices:

  • Morning breakfast bar with fruit, cottage cheese, and yogurt
  • Morning hot and cold cereal selection
  • Fresh salad bars at lunch and dinner
  • Fresh fruit selection
  • Dessert at dinner
  • For teachers and parent chaperones: Coffee, tea and cocoa station is available between and during all meals – our coffee is fresh-ground and brewed directly before hitting your cup.
  • Juice machines (there is no soda anywhere on site)
  • Milk choices (skim, regular, chocolate)
  • Alternate vegetarian & gluten-free options

Our goal is to meet the needs and preferences of each school group. As such, part of planning your trip will be reviewing and selecting specific meal options for each of the meals during your stay.

Also, we work hard to extend our core values of respect, responsibility, caring and honesty into everything we do, including mealtimes. Students are taught to be responsible stewards of their shared environment by participating in “KP” (kitchen patrol) duties such as table setting and clearing, and learning about food waste.

We pride ourselves on being able to accommodate most special dietary needs, including food-borne allergies. Our food service directors are available for personal consultation before and during your stay to discuss how we can best meet the needs of our guests. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Steve Sumnick at ssumnick@ymcanyc.org.