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We serve more than 4 million high-quality meals per year

Summer Meals

HCPSS will continue its free summer food service program to meet the growing need to feed hungry children and families in Howard County and fill the nutritional gap over the summer months, from July 1-August 14.

Some families may find it difficult to pick up meals for their children at the locations or times when meals are served. In order to offer convenience for families while complying with government requirements, the guidelines for meal pickup have been revised.

Answers to frequently asked questions on HCPSS meals and additional meals/nutrition assistance programs can be found on the HCPSS Help site.

HCPSS students and their families can now view menus and nutrition and allergen information for meals served in all HCPSS schools through Nutrislice, a website and free smartphone app.

View Menus

Download the Nutrislice app for iOS or Android.

Paying for meals

Parents may prepay for student meals by setting up an online account at There is a $2.49 processing fee for each transaction. Each transaction can be up to $120.00 in total.

Create a New Account


Log-in to existing account

Students also have the option of paying with cash on a daily basis. Each student has been issued a PIN to use when purchasing meals with cash or prepayment. If a student has forgotten their PIN, cashiers can look the PIN up by student name. This PIN allows HCPSS to receive reimbursements from the National School Lunch Program. Meals purchased without a PIN are not reimbursable.

All meals purchased without a PIN will have an additional charge ($0.30 for breakfast and $0.60 for lunch).

Breakfast and Lunch Daily Prices

Student Breakfast

Breakfast – $2.00

Alternate Breakfast – $1.00

Reduced Price Breakfast – $0.20 (Find out how to qualify)

Student Lunch

Elementary School Lunch – $2.75

Middle/High School Lunch – $3.25

Reduced Price Lunch – $0.30 (Find out how to qualify)

Milk (1/2 pint) – $0.50

Faculty and Staff

Adult Breakfast

Breakfast – $2.75

Adult Lunch

Regular Lunch – $4.50

Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs)

The HCPSS participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Students from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. Those eligible for reduced-price meals pay $0.20 for breakfast and $0.30 for lunch.

Applications are available online or as a paper application. Parents must submit a new application every school year to maintain their student’s eligibility.

Apply for Free and Reduced Meals

Food for in-school celebrations

Take a look through our list of approved items for ideas on what to bring.

Nutritional and Allergen Concerns

We are sensitive to the various nutritional and dietary needs of students. In addition, we post all nutirional information for our meal choices online and in our nutrislice mobile app.

Students with known food allergies (shellfish, tree nuts, gluten, lactose, etc.) need to have a formal notice of their allergies written up by a family physician and submitted to the school nurse. Students who would still like to purchase food from the cafeteria can have accommodations made that are suited to their allergies.

View allergen and nutritional information for all food choices in Nutrislice or visit our FAQ

Our Commitment to Quality

We strive to provide well-balanced and nutritional meals that are fairly priced for all students.

Learn more about our commitment →

Let’s Rethink Lunch: A Healthy Meals Program of HCPSS

We are rethinking school lunch at HCPSS. This means offering healthier meal choices and more nutritional options in schools.

Learn more about the program →


We pride ourselves on sourcing a number of our food choices from Maryland farms and businesses.

Find out where our food comes from →

Preparing and Serving our Meals

Our meal preparation follows strict USDA, MSDE and State Health department guidelines. Food services staff undergo mandatory training on all aspects of food selection and preparation to both meet and exceed these guidelines.

We’re also committed to ensuring that all students have adequate time to eat a healthy lunch. Learn about how we are increasing the speed and efficiency of school lunch lines with technology

Contact Us

For all questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office at 410-313-7134.

Provide Feedback

We value feedback from parents and community members on meal choices, nutrition and wellness, and many other topics to improve our services.

Food and Nutrition Services Feedback Form