Every boarding student at The Camphill School joins his or her School family three times a day for meals and social interaction, while day students share midday meals with their School families. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are eaten around large tables with house parents and other live-in volunteers, conversations flow, information is exchanged, manners are learned, responsibilities are fulfilled, and celebrations are enjoyed.
Cloth napkins and napkin rings, china and glassware, fresh flowers, beautiful colors, large windows and artwork, pianos and fireplaces… The Camphill School houses are true homes, not institutional dormitories.
Everyone has a job to do, too, and the same patterns of predictability and regularity that our classrooms provide enable children to thrive and succeed.
A nutritious diet, high in whole grain foods and fresh, organic vegetables is emphasized for everyone at The Camphill School, and children often help to produce the food they eat. Special dietary needs are accommodated. Preventive health care is an important part of home life, too; some children need special baths or massages or the extra protection of warm clothing and natural fibers. If a student becomes ill, the house parents, nurse, and doctor all work together in caring for the child.
Lunch & Breakfast Program
The Camphill School participates in the National School Breakfast Program, serving breakfast to our students seven days a week when school is in session. Breakfast is served at 7:45 AM in our homes to all our boarding students who reside there. Day student families who wish their child to participate should contact the houseparent of the home where the child has lunch to make arrangements for breakfast as well.
Free meals are also available in your local communities via the Summer Food Service Program throughout the year. Detailed information is available at Why Hunger. The site states that people looking for summer meal sites should call the National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3HUNGRY. Sites can be found quickly by using the FIND FOOD box in the lower right-hand corner of the homepage.
Our Wellness Policy was revised as of June 30, 2017. Interested parties may contact the Food Service Director at 610-469-9757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy, ask questions, provide input, or request to be a member of the Wellness Committee. Also feel free to view the Assessment of the Implementation of our Wellness Policy conducted in October 2017.