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
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.
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