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Food Service

About Us:

The Department of Food and Nutrition Services at Dorchester County Public Schools (DCPS) is proud to support the mission in partnership with the community, to provide leadership for excellence in teaching and learning for all students by: consistently advocating for resources, continuously developing sound policies, and carefully monitoring student progress.  Dorchester County Public Schools participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) meal program. CEP was created through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, and allows schools in low-income areas to offer breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students without the burden of collecting household meal applications.

CEP facilitates students access to nutritious school meals increasing student participation and eliminating unpaid meal balances.  By offering all students nutritious meals at no cost, CEP helps schools ensure their students will come to class well-nourished and ready to learn.

Nutritional Requirements of School Meals:

School meals are regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Menus are planned to meet and exceed the established nutritional guidelines. The school menus provide

  • 30% or less calories from fat
  • 10% or less of calories from Saturated fats
  • 0 grams of Trans fat
  • Calorie ranges provided by grade levels. 

The Department of Food and Nutrition Services analyzes and evaluates menus to ensure that all USDA guidelines are met.  The Maryland State Department of Education, School and Community Programs Branch conduct annual reviews of menus and school operations. 

Nutritional Information:

Allergen Information:

Carbohydrate Count:

Ala-Carte Snack Items:

Wellness Procedures:

The wellness policy and procedure is reviewed by the School Health Council Committee.  The School Health Council is chaired by the Mental Health Services Coordinator and consists of an interdisciplinary team representing community organizations such as the UMD extensions office and Dorchester County Health Department, parents, school administration, social workers, nurses, physicians, food service, pupil services and special education.  Every three years the District's School Health Council will review the latest national recommendations pertaining to school health and will update the wellness policy accordingly.

What is on the Menu:

  • Students must select at least ½ cup of fruit or vegetable at breakfast and lunch.
  • 100% of grains on the menu are whole grain rich.
  • No foods contain trans fat and saturated fat is limited to 10% of calories.
  • Menu items contain less sodium.
  • Offerings of low-fat and nonfat milk.
  • Offerings of daily fresh fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colors.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, it’s 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, audio tape, 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 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 copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by :

  • mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

  • fax: 202-690-7442 or
  • email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The Maryland State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability or sexual orientation in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  For inquiries related to Department policy, please contact: Agency Equity Officer, Equity Assurance and Compliance Officer, Office of the Deputy State Superintendent for Finance and Administration, MD State Department of Education, 200 W Baltimore St, 6th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595, 410-767-0433 voice, 410-767-0433 fax

Please watch the following video, as the School Nutrition Association shares what parents need to know about supply chain issues and their current impact on school meals. 

https://youtu.be/sEwOa9Mx7WQ