Food and Nutrition Services

Students who have a regular diet of nutritious food are healthier, have more energy...and do better in school. After all, it's hard to concentrate if you're hungry, and it's hard to learn if you're not feeling your best. 

Starting the day with a healthy breakfast at City Schools. Watch more stories on Vimeo.

That's why City Schools is increasing its healthy food options — for example, by providing salad bars and more schools and offering fresh fruit at meals every day. Find out what's being served this month.

Plus: Starting June 1st, 2015, School Meals are FREE for All City Schools students every day.

Start the day with a healthy breakfast

Free breakfast is served every school day (except when opening is delayed because of inclement weather.) Some schools serve a traditional hot breakfast in the cafeteria prior to the beginning of classes, while others offer breakfast in the classroom, "grab and go" breakfast packets for a quicker meal or "second-chance breakfast" later in the morning. The cafeteria manager at your school can tell you what's available.

Lunch: Students eat free

Lunch options conform to updated, healthier guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture new window. Plus, more than 100 schools now offer salad bars every day, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program brings fresh produce right into classrooms at more than 90 elementary schools.

And as of June 1st, all students are eligible for no-cost lunch every day.

After-school snacks

The Snack and Supper Program provides food service to students who take part in supervised after-school activities. Please ask at your school about whether this program is available.

For information about meal service at City Schools, contact your school's cafeteria manager or call City Schools at 443-984-2000. 


Our Vision and Mission




To be a national leader in progressive School Food Service operations that promote student health and wellness while staying true to the rich and varied cultures of Baltimore.




The Food & Nutrition Department strives to advance student health and wellness by: 

  • Offering high quality, nutritious, and, when possible, locally-sourced meals that meet and exceed the USDA and State Dietary Guidelines;
  • Increasing student access to and participation in breakfast, lunch, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable and after-school meal programs and;
  • Maintaining a commitment to fiscal responsibility, efficient operations, and compliance with local, state and federal regulations. 

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

For USDA Food and Nutrition Services nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.