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This office distributes federal funds, provides training and technical assistance, conducts administrative reviews to ensure agencies’ compliance, and provides overall management of child nutrition programs.

Welcome to our website!  The Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs at the Maryland State Department of Education provides Marylanders with a variety of nutrition program options for infants, preschoolers, school-aged children and certain adult populations. 


The United State Department of Agirculture funded Nutrition Programs provide a critical safety net for millions of people in our State, in addition to meeting rigorous nutrition guidelines and standards.  We encourage all families to participate either through school meals, afterschool and summer meals, or in a child and adult care community program. 


Participation in the Nutrition Programs support good health, development of life long healthy behaviors, promotion of academic achievement, nutrition education and promotion, and addresses food insecurity.  My team and I encourage you to browse our website and find a program that can benefit your specific needs. 


Robin Ziegler, Director

Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs

Maryland State Department of Education

Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs Sections

Director- Robin Ziegler

Program Administration
Section Chief – Carol Fettweis

Program Compliance
Section Chief – Kate Gingue

Professional Development and Performance
Section Chief – Leslie Sessom-Parks

Food Distribution 
Section Chief – Michael Birkmeyer

Technology and Data Solutions
Section Chief – Kathryn Bremer

Financial Management
Section Chief – Jessica Smith

Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs
Phone: 410-767-0199
TTY/TTD: 410-333-6642
Fax: 410-333-2635