Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have continued to serve meals at school sites across the district, prioritizing the health and safety of staff and families. Currently, 83 Grab & Go meal sites are open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., for take-home student meals (breakfast, lunch, snack, and supper). Adults may pick up meals for students, and two days’ worth of meals are available at once. All youth in Baltimore City are eligible for meals at any of these sites, no matter where they attend school. On Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., free produce boxes are also available at many school meal sites.
Find the Grab & Go meal site closest to you using this interactive map or the list below.
Below is the list of meal sites offering free produce boxes on Thursdays (funded by Baltimore City) – while supplies last.
For information on food resources offered by the city and state, visit bmorechildren.com/freemeals.
Visit www.bmorechildren.com/freemeals to learn about food-related supports for children, including meal distribution at non-school sites; grocery and produce box distribution and home delivery; and more. More information for emergency food resources for adults can be found here.
SNAP, formerly known as “food stamps,” offers some families assistance with food purchases. To see if you are eligible, visit this webpage of the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS). To apply for SNAP, call the DHS Call Center at 1-800-332-6347 (TTY 1-800-735-2258), 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Part of the United States government’s response to the covid-19 pandemic, P-EBT provides support for families of students eligible for free school meals (all City Schools students) during periods of school closure. Find more information about these benefits in Maryland.
If you received a P-EBT card already, don’t throw it away, in case additional P-EBT benefits are approved. The Maryland Department of Human Services and the State Department of Education are working collaboratively to obtain additional information about the extension from the federal government for the rest the 2020-21 school year. All enrolled students in Baltimore City Public Schools as of September 30, 2021, are eligible for P-EBT due to districtwide participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
The State will work with the district to identify eligible children and automatically provide them P-EBT benefits.
If you have misplaced or no longer have your P-EBT card, please complete the customer inquiry form. DHS will use the information you provide to send you a replacement card.
If you were eligible to receive P-EBT benefits but never received a card and completed the customer inquiry form above, please email: PEBT@bcps.k12.md.us.
If you have newly enrolled or transferred to City Schools, please ensure that your child’s school has an accurate mailing address.
City Schools provides healthy breakfast and lunch options to all students for free. Supper and snacks are also available at many sites. Take a look at the menus below to see what's being served this month.
We are committed to working with school leaders to ensure our operations meet their communities’ needs. For breakfast, for example, some schools serve food in the cafeteria, whereas others allow students to pick up food on their way into school or eat breakfast in the classroom. Free supper and snacks are provided to students participating in supervised school-based after-school activities.
With parental, cafeteria, and school staff cooperation, City Schools Food & Nutrition Services is committed to accommodating students with food allergies.
Follow prompts on the Nutrition and Allergen Information website for details about every item served in City Schools meals
Special meal accommodations
Many meal accommodations require medical documentation. To request special meal accommodations return the Diet Prescription Form or required information to Food & Nutrition Services staff at the school where students pick up meals.
The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners (“Board”) is committed to fostering school environments that promote student health, well-being, and the ability to learn. Along with a comprehensive wellness education, students will have the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy choices as they grow into adulthood. This Wellness, Nutrition, and Physical Activity policy (“WNPAP”) sets guidelines for health education, nutrition education and promotion, physical education, physical activity, nutrition standards, behavioral health services, and school-based wellness activities.
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 discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.