Food & Nutrition Department
Harford County Public Schools
Food & Nutrition Services
Department of Food & Nutrition Services operates 57 kitchens within the school system. The program is staffed with people who take pride in meeting the nutritional needs of students and staff. Growing children need a strong nutritional foundation to succeed in the classroom and in their other endeavors. Staff works hard to fulfill that need and maintain a program that is attractive to them.
During the 2014-15 school year nearly 1.5 million breakfasts and 3.5 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.
Highlights of the program include
- Leader in the Farm-to-School movement in Maryland, working with local farms and orchards to provide a variety of local fresh fruits and vegetables on the menu
- Implemented new regulations associated with the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act with minimal changes to the menu, most of the changes had been implemented in Harford County Public Schools in years prior
- Supported the creation of the Aquaponics Program at Bel Air HS, teaching students about food production and the environment
- Maryland Manager of Year award winner the last four years, including three Mideast awards and one National award
- Hosted Culinary Boot Camps the last three years to provide summer training for cooks and managers
- Food Services Dietician regularly attends school health fairs, works with school wellness and does presentations in the classroom
- Working with manufacturers to create packaging that is completely recyclable with the goal of making kitchens 100% landfill free
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.
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.
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