Child Nutrition Programs are federally funded and administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Office of Food and Nutrition Services (OFNS), and at the state level, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Each program operates under a separate set of regulations.
School Breakfast Program
This program provides nutritionally balanced affordable, traditional breakfasts to students each day at eligible school sites according to specific age/grade groups. An in-classroom breakfast model operates in eligible sites serving the meal in the classroom before school starts each day.
National School Lunch Program
Nutritionally balanced, affordable lunches are provided to students each school day. School lunch menus must meet meal requirements specific to the age/grade group of students served.
After-School Snack Program
Nutritious snacks are available to students up through age 18 who participate in organized, supervised, and structured activities that have an educational or enrichment purpose in an after-school setting.
Summer Food Service Program
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides meals and snacks to children during the summer months when regular school is not in session. School-age children are eligible up through age 18. Meal sites are located in an area of at least 50% of the enrolled students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Meals are served at no cost. Summer school programs operating during the summer months provide a breakfast and/or lunch program for students attending in that area.
Food Distribution Program
The USDA provides purchased food items to support the National School Lunch Program and the Summer Food Service Program. The school district is eligible to receive USDA foods called "entitlement" foods at a value set by USDA. Donated foods must be of domestic origin. A wide variety of foods are available including cheese, flour, and other grain products; meat and poultry; and fruits and vegetables.
Supper meals are available to students who participate in a regularly scheduled and planned educational or enrichment activity in a structured and supervised setting. School-age children are eligible to participate through 18 years of age.