cafeteria, food

Food Services

In all CCPS schools, breakfast and lunch are free to all students, no application needed. This is because of the Community Eligibility Provision, a USDA program that allows low-income schools to offer meals to all students at no cost and without requiring applications from families.

Families should continue to register with MySchoolBucks to pay for extra items (ala carte) in the cafeteria, or school activities as directed.


School menus are updated monthly and available on this website and on the CCPS mobile app (search Caroline Schools, MD in the App Store or on Google Play) by clicking on Dining in the menu.

Menus may also be viewed here: Caroline Breakfast & Lunch Menus

In addition to the school lunch program, CCPS takes part in the Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) program that offers free breakfast in the classroom for all students.


Caroline Helping Hands is a volunteer based organization that partners with Caroline County Public Schools to provide holiday & weekend food bags to students in need. For more information and to request services, please complete a Backpack Program form.


Our Commitment to Students & Staff

Comprehensive School Wellness & Nutrition Policy

What we strive for:

  • Well-fed kids and happy kitchens!

  • Excellent customer service

  • Quality food with clean labels

  • Farm to tray (locally sourced foods)

  • Well-balanced meals to all students

  • A high standard of safety and sanitation

  • Well trained staff

  • Compliance with federal, state, and local health department laws and regulations

  • On-going nutritional analysis of menu items

  • Continual communication with school nurses for students with special dietary needs

  • Creating an understanding of the link between nutrition education, physical activity, and living a healthy lifestyle

Food Specifications

  • USDA federally inspected meats

  • Burgers have no fillers

  • Whole-grain pasta and breads

  • Whole-grain breakfast items, non-sweetened cereals

  • Low sodium cheese

  • Purchase of produce local first, then inside the U.S., produce from outside the country must be accompanied by a letter of why

  • Fat-free, low-fat and low-sodium condiments

  • Low-sodium gravy mixes and soup bases

  • No trans fats in foods

  • All snacks are smart snack approved by the strict guidelines set by the USDA

  • Milk specifications - fat-free white, chocolate or strawberry milk, and 1% white milk

  • Fruit and vegetable bars in all schools

  • First quality frozen vegetables

  • 100% fruit juice

  • Canned fruit – packed in light syrup

  • Fresh fruit – 3 or 4 daily choices

  • U.S. #1 fresh vegetables

For students with diabetes, our carb count document can help you better plan your meals and snacks.

How we prepare our foods

All of the food we prepare for the school meals program is prepared in our school kitchens, and many menu items are made from scratch. Standard USDA recipes are used in cooking and are student tested for taste and consistency. We strive for clean labels for our food products. The cafeteria staff are professionally trained in safety and sanitation and must complete the national certification ServSafe. Over 50% of our staff have been trained in culinary skills, and have learned different cooking methods to make foods taste better. We season and roast many of our vegetables to enhance the flavor. We strive daily to provide healthy, nutritious foods that our students will love to eat!

Buying from Local Businesses

We support our farmers and local businesses! Each summer we process locally sourced produce to utilize throughout the school year. Not only is it good for local businesses, it is great for the environment and more nutritious for our students. Transporting products from these nearby food companies to our schools uses fewer resources than buying from out-of-state businesses.

Milk: HyPoint Dairy-Lewes, DE
Bread: Schmidt’s – Fullerton and Fells Point, MD
Produce: Clayton Farms, Denton, MD; Harris Farms Preston, MD; Bartenfelder Farms, Preston, MD; Other Side Produce, Seaford, DE
Ice Cream: Hershey’s, Denton, MD
Canned/Frozen Fruits & Vegetables: MD & PA
Flour: Ellicott City, MD
McCormick Spices: Hunt Valley, MD
Tortillas: Abuelito, Northern, VA
Tyson & Perdue Chicken: Eastern Shore, MD


Maryland State Department of Education Non-Discrimination Statement

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) does not discriminate based on age, ancestry, color, creed, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, belief or opinion, sex, or sexual orientation in matters affecting employment or in providing access to its programs and activities; MSDE also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

For Inquiries related to MSDE’s Non-Discrimination policy, please contact:

Agency Equity Officer
Office of Equity Assurance and Compliance
Office of the Deputy State Superintendent of Operations
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Use Relay

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or

  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Updated 5.18.23


Beth Brewster
Supervisor of Food Services
410.479.3261  x1223 |

Amy Crawford
Food Services Administrative Assistant
410-479-3261  x1226 |