Food Services

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Free Meals for Students Quarantined at Home

 

FREE MEALS CONTINUE THIS SCHOOL YEAR: Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students in 2021-22 at no charge through special funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Regardless if your student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, all families are encouraged to complete an Free & Reduced Meal Application This program provides critical funding that benefits all students, and is not limited to just meals.

School Menus

School menus are updated monthly. Please use the link below to view the current menus:

Caroline Breakfast & Lunch Menus

In addition to the school lunch program, CCPS takes part in the Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) program that offers free breakfast in the classroom for all students.

Free & Reduced Price Meals (FARM)

Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs)

CCPS participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Students from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. Parents must submit a new application every school year to maintain their student’s eligibility.

Letter with FAQs (also below) and instructions for FARM Application

Application in English

Application in Spanish

Application in Haitian Creole

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

The Maryland P-EBT website contains helpful information about P-EBT benefits and frequently asked questions.

FARMs FAQs

About Food Services

Our Commitment to Students & Staff

What we strive for:

  • Well-fed kids and happy kitchens!
  • Excellent customer service
  • Quality food with clean labels
  • Farm to tray (locally sourced foods)
  • Well-balanced meals to all students
  • A high standard of safety and sanitation
  • Well trained staff
  • Compliance with federal, state, and local health department laws and regulations
  • On-going nutritional analysis of menu items
  • Continual communication with school nurses for students with special dietary needs
  • Creating an understanding of the link between nutrition education, physical activity, and living a healthy lifestyle

Food Specifications

  • USDA federally inspected meats
  • Burgers have no fillers
  • Whole-grain pasta and breads
  • Whole-grain breakfast items, non-sweetened cereals
  • Low sodium cheese
  • Purchase of produce local first, then inside the U.S., produce from outside the country must be accompanied by a letter of why
  • Fat-free, low-fat and low-sodium condiments
  • Low-sodium gravy mixes and soup bases
  • No trans fats in foods
  • All snacks are smart snack approved by the strict guidelines set by the USDA
  • Milk specifications - fat-free white, chocolate or strawberry milk, and 1% white milk
  • Fruit and vegetable bars in all schools
  • First quality frozen vegetables
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Canned fruit – packed in light syrup
  • Fresh fruit – 3 or 4 daily choices
  • U.S. #1 fresh vegetables

For students with diabetes, our carb count document can help you better plan your meals and snacks.

How we prepare our foods

All of the food we prepare for the school meals program is prepared in our school kitchens, and many menu items are made from scratch. Standard USDA recipes are used in cooking and are student tested for taste and consistency. We strive for clean labels for our food products. The cafeteria staff are professionally trained in safety and sanitation and must complete the national certification ServSafe. Over 50% of our staff have been trained in culinary skills, and have learned different cooking methods to make foods taste better. We season and roast many of our vegetables to enhance the flavor. We strive daily to provide healthy, nutritious foods that our students will love to eat!

Buying from Local Businesses

We support our farmers and local businesses! Each summer we process locally sourced produce to utilize throughout the school year. Not only is it good for local businesses, it is great for the environment and more nutritious for our students. Transporting products from these nearby food companies to our schools uses fewer resources than buying from out-of-state businesses.

Milk: HyPoint Dairy-Lewes, DE
Bread: Schmidt’s – Fullerton and Fells Point, MD
Produce: Clayton Farms, Denton, MD; Harris Farms Preston, MD; Bartenfelder Farms, Preston, MD; Other Side Produce, Seaford, DE
Ice Cream: Hershey’s, Denton, MD
Canned/Frozen Fruits & Vegetables: MD & PA
Flour: Ellicott City, MD
McCormick Spices: Hunt Valley, MD
Tortillas: Abuelito, Northern, VA
Tyson & Perdue Chicken: Eastern Shore, MD

contact

Contact

Beth Brewster
Supervisor of Food Services
410.479.3261  x1223 | [email protected]

Amy Crawford
Food Services Administrative Assistant
410-479-3261  x1226 | [email protected]