mvtc-blake-house-breakfastMeals at Mountain Valley are far more than just the regularly scheduled consumption of food, for we have made a commitment to teaching our residents habits and life skills around making healthy food choices.  Our residents learn that eating well has a positive effect on not just their physical well being, but on their mood, as well.  And as we celebrate healthy eating habits, we also embrace an important “farm to table” ethos, making sure that residents and staff are consuming foods grown or produced locally honoring organic practices, such as eggs from our own free range hens, chicken, pork and beef from animals raised on our campus, milk from nearby Hatchland Farms, and vegetables, including micro-greens, grown by our residents in our gardens.  We are also vigilant when it comes to making sure that we are aware and sensitive to every resident’s dietary needs, so gluten and nut-free options, for example, as well as Kosher dishes, are readily available.

mvtc-breakfast-at-baker-houseBreakfast is part of all residents’ morning routine and served in the boys’ and girls’ respective residential houses.  The breakfast menu always offers cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, granola, fruit and hard-boiled eggs. In addition, residents enjoy daily breakfast entrees such as pancakes, breakfast burritos, frittatas, omelets and smoothies on a regular rotating schedule.

mvtc-jay-3houseLunch and dinner are communal meals served in The Creamery and prepared by our Master Chef, Jay Destroismaisons.  Lunch is an opportunity for all members of the Mountain Valley community – residents and staff – to gather together and enjoy healthy food and good conversation.  It is also a perfect time for residents to engage in exposure work, perhaps by engaging an adult in conversation, wearing a silly hat, or making an announcement about the upcoming weekend’s programming.