Nutrition & Wellness

Nutrition Standards

Reflecting the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, nutrition standards are established for menu planning by studying the nutritional needs of groups of children at different ages. The foundation of federal school nutrition programs, nutrition standards consist of the required food components, levels of calories, and key nutrients to meet the nutrition goals for specific age or grade groups of children for breakfast and lunch over the course of one week.

The nutrition standards include:

  • offering both fruits and vegetables every day
  • substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods
  • offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties
  • limiting calories based on the age of the children being served to ensure proper portion size
  • reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats, and sodium 

Note: The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 established a requirement for making water available to children during meal periods.

Nutritional Resources &
Meal Accommodation Request FormsGlass of Milk

Nutritional, Allergens, & Dyes

Request for Milk Substitution Form
Request for Milk Substitution Form - Spanish

Medical Statement for Students Requiring Meal Accommodations

Wellness Policy & Procedures

Fruit PyramidWellness Policy Rule 5470 (v2022)
Wellness Policy & Rule 5470 Updates (v2023)
Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment

WEL 100-Nutrition Environment and Services
WEL 110-Competitive Foods and Beverages (Sold/Provided to Students)
Maryland Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School (Rule 3310)

WEL 120-Celebrations and Rewards in the Classroom
Non-Food Celebrations and Reward Ideas
WEL 130-Food and Beverage Marketing

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs (OSCNP) has recently updated the summary of the Maryland USDA Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School.  
Please review the following link to review 
Wellness & Nutrition

Smart Snacks

Smart Snacks LogoThe Smart Snack rules in Maryland are explained and outlined in the following video: 

Maryland Smart Snacks - YouTube 
Smart Snacks Product Calculator
Quick Quips for Inspiring Healthy Choices

Food Safety

Food Obtained from Outside Sources and Use of Kitchen FacilitiesFood Safety Gloves

Washing Lettuce

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