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Food & Nutrition Services

Contact Information

Phone: 301-766-2890

Fax: 301-766-8738

Our Vision

To provide students, food and nutrition knowledge, skills, and values they need for a healthy body.

Our Mission

To prepare and serve nutritious and appealing meals that meet the dietary guidelines to students, staff, and community in a positive, cheerful manner, while maintaining financial soundness, and contributing to the quality and excellence of the educational experience.

About Our Services

The Washington County Food & Nutrition Services program serves over 12,500 lunches and 7,500 breakfasts each day. The program is designed to operate on a non-profit basis through financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reimbursements from the state of Maryland, and receipts from sales in school cafeterias. The school food service department has 18 cooking kitchens where food is prepared and served, and 26 receiving kitchens that serve food provided by other kitchens in the system. The department believes that properly nourishing students maximizes their learning experiences.

School Meals must meet federal guidelines based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These guidelines include:

  • No more than 30% of an individual's calories come from fat
  • Less than 10% of saturated fat
  • At least one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and calories

Through the National School Lunch Program, children consume twice the servings of fruits and vegetables and greater amounts of grains and dairy than children who eat lunch brought from home.

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 throught he 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 USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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 coupy 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, DC 20250-9410

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.