School Meals During 2020-2021 School Year
January 27, 2021 - Latest Student Meal Information
While meals for all children are currently free, families who normally fill out Free and Reduced Meal Benefit applications should still complete and turn in the application. Meal benefit applications affect school programs such as Title 1, Maryland Meals for Achievement and other initiatives that benefit children.
If more information is needed, please contact CCPS Food Services at 410-479-3261.
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.
The Maryland P-EBT website contains helpful information about P-EBT benefits and frequently asked questions.
School menus are updated monthly. Please use the link below to view the current 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.
Adult Meals: $3.75
Paying for Meals
Families may prepay and manage payment for lunch by setting up an online account at myschoolbucks.com.
For CCPS procedure regarding meal accounts, please see the following:
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
- 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