Food & Nutrition Department
Harford County Public Schools Food & Nutrition is 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 on August 9, 2009.
We are proud to announce that this national recognition has been extended through June 2014. Nationally,
there are only 30 Districts of Excellence and Harford County remains the only district in Maryland on this
A district of excellence must maintain excellence in four key areas which encompass the
“Keys to Excellence”
program: administration, communications/marketing, nutrition/nutritional education, and operations, and meet
their goals to serve attractive, nutritious meals in a cost-effective manner. “Keys to Excellence” is the core
of the School Nutrition Associations professional development and training programs.
During this past 2012-13 school year, nearly 1.5 million breakfasts and nearly 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 had been implemented before USDA mandated them. Cafeteria staff will continue
to keep ahead of new regulations for healthier meals. Students test groups will continue to be 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.