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2020-2021 Student Meals

Effective March 1, meals for seven days per week will continue to be provided at no cost to students; however, the days and times meals will be provided will change. Meals will be available in most schools, including those that have been closed for construction and those closed due to inadequate staffing.

Meals will be available for pickup from 7:45-8:45 a.m. at elementary school locations and 9-10 a.m. at middle and high school locations on the following weekdays:

  • Mondays – Students in Group V and/or non-HCPSS students age 18 and under
  • Wednesdays – Students in Groups E, A or B
  • Thursdays – Students in Group V and/or non-HCPSS students age 18 and under

Full details on 2020-2021 meals for students are available online.

A Message to Families from Food and Nutrition Services Director Brian Ralph

On behalf of the Food and Nutrition Services program, I would like to extend a warm welcome and encourage you to take advantage of our healthy food offerings. Each school kitchen has a highly trained staff focused on quality, customer service and food safety. If you have not purchased a meal from us lately, we welcome the opportunity to impress you with our inspired offerings. For those of you who are loyal patrons, we thank you for your continued support.

While we follow the stringent nutritional guidelines of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, there is no sacrifice made for quality or flavor. Our staff employs techniques of seasoning food for maximum flavor without adding additional sodium or fat content. We utilize baking techniques that ensure a crispy crunch without having to fry anything. Although you may see popular items on the menu such as pizza and chicken nuggets, be assured they contain healthy whole grains and are lower in fat and salt than options found in restaurants and grocery stores.

Please familiarize yourself with the HCPSS Food Service Program information for the 2020-2021 school year.

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

On-site payments and prepayments may be made using cash or check. Families may prepay with a credit card by setting up an online account at This online portal also allows parents to view cafeteria account activity and receive balance alerts. 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

Each student is assigned a unique, 6-digit cafeteria PIN, which remains the same every school year. 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.

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

Unpaid Meal Charges

Nutrition is essential to students’ mental, physical, and academic growth. HCPSS practice is to ensure that no student goes hungry or is traumatized for lack of funds. If a student forgets their lunch money, a meal will be provided and a charge will be applied to their meal account. Meals will never be taken away when there are no funds or a negative balance in a student’s meal account. However, parents/guardians are solely responsible for providing their student(s) with money for meals, or packing a meal from home. Parents/guardians are also responsible for prompt payment of outstanding balances. Meal account balances may be viewed at any time by logging in to MySchoolBucks. The expectation is that all meal charges owed to HCPSS Food and Nutrition Services will be paid in full.

More information is provided in Board of Education Policy 4200 Meal Charges.

Breakfast and Lunch Daily Prices

Student Breakfast

Breakfast – $2.00

Reduced Price Breakfast – $0.10 (Find out how to qualify)

Student Lunch

Elementary School Lunch – $2.80

Middle/High School Lunch – $3.30

Reduced Price Lunch – $0.20 (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 $0.10 for breakfast and $0.20 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