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Food & Nutrition Department
Harford County Public Schools Continues as a National “District of Excellence” Award Winning Program

The Department of Food & Nutrition Services was awarded the District of Excellence (DOE) distinction for school nutrition by the National School Nutrition Association in 2009. We are proud to announce that this national recognition continues into 2015 for a 5th straight year. Nationally, there are only 34 Districts of Excellence and Harford County remains the only district in Maryland on this distinguished list.

School districts with this distinction must maintain superiority in four key areas which encompass the “Keys to Excellence” program: administration, communications/marketing, nutrition/nutritional education, operations and serve attractive, nutritious meals in a cost-effective manner. “Keys to Excellence” is the core of the School Nutrition Association’s professional development and training programs.

During the past 2013-14 school year nearly 1.5 million breakfasts and over 4 million lunches were served to our students. Extensive audits conducted this past year by state and federal officials concluded HCPS meals exceeded current USDA nutritional standards. Local and national media focused on the major overhaul expected of school meals throughout the country this past school year. Students eating with us did notice a few changes in our offerings however due to our ongoing dedication to offering healthy, student favored options many of the required changes were implemented before USDA mandated them. The Department of Food & Nutrition will continue to stay ahead of new regulations for healthier meals. Student test groups are involved in approving new menu items. Fresh fruits and vegetable are a vital part of eating healthy. Over a half million dollars was allocated to the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables for our students, a portion of it with local farmers here in Harford County. We are committed to providing trendy, nutritious meals in a pleasant environment.


Overview
The Food and Nutrition Department manages all aspects of the school food service program. The department's mission is to support the quality education and learning environment of students in the HCPS system by providing programs that operate within the guidelines of the United States Department of Agriculture National School Lunch Program

No local tax dollars from Harford County are provided to the Food and Nutrition Budget. The program is operated to break even with funds provided by student sales and state/federal reimbursement through the operation of programs such as National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, After School Snack Program, and Summer Food Service Program.

Our Mission
The Department of Food and Nutrition supports the quality education and learning environment of students in the Harford County Public School System by providing programs that operate within the guidelines of the United States Department of Agriculture National School Lunch Program.

Our Vision
The Department of Food & Nutrition Services is respected as an advocate for student nutrition by setting a positive example in the meal programs and operating as a vital resource on issues pertaining to student nutrition. The program is viewed as valuable by students, parents, school staff and the community