Partner Spotlight: Winter Park Day Nursery

WPK Day NurseryWinter Park Day Nursery has been a staple in the community for the past 75 years. It provides a high quality of early childhood education to children ages 2-5 years old.

The school serves 70 children at capacity and has such a wonderful reputation that the waiting list usually has a 6 month waiting period.

One of the special things about this school is their commitment to better the lives of not only their children but the entire families that are part of the school. About 75% of their families live at the poverty level. These families are considered the “working poor” with many of the parents working two jobs or attending school but still struggling to meet their family’s basic needs. Winter Park Day Nursery helps families fill out SNAP applications and offers a food pantry for these families.

To stock their food pantry they partner with us at Second Harvest Food Bank who provides about 80% of the food. The families know that this pantry is available to help when they face the prospect of an empty cupboard. Recently Winter Park Day Nursery received a new refrigerator through Second Harvest Food Bank’s Agency Benefit Program. They are now able to offer a wide range of food including perishable items for their families to take home. Many of the staff mentioned that the food in the pantry really improves the home lives of their children and the entire family.

During the week the children receive a breakfast, lunch and two afternoon snacks at school. The school’s Chef makes meals from scratch and tries to incorporate all different ingredients to expose the children to a well-balanced diet. Three of the daily meals for the children are funded through the Federal Food Program, but the last snack is provided through Second Harvest Food Bank. The school is able to provide this snack to the children free of charge so their families do not need to worry about providing any meals during the school day.

Winter Park Day Nursery not only focuses on feeding their children, but is also committed  to educating their children on healthy eating. They have a garden at school that is planted by and tended to by the children. In the past they have grown eggplant, kale, and a variety of herbs. This produce is added to the food pantry at the school for the families to take home. The school really strives to make eating healthy fun for their children.


Partner Spotlight: Winter Park Day Nursery
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