Our Mission

The Maryland State Department of Education's Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs is committed to ensuring access to healthy meals for students, children, and certain adult populations throughout Maryland by maximizing participation in the federal and State nutrition programs and initiatives administered by this office. 

Healthy meals provide the energy and nutrition necessary for establishing learning readiness and academic achievement and build the foundation for creating lifelong healthy eating behaviors. Our mission is to provide leadership in serving the food insecure and to contribute to the nutritional well-being of program participants.

Learn more about the Office of School & Community Nutrition Programs

  • Grants

    The OSCNP team applies for and manages several USDA grants to support the health and development of all people that access the USDA child nutrition programs.

  • MARS

    The system manages financial claims relating to the state’s School and Community Nutrition Programs.

  • School Meals

    The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) provide children with nutritious meals to support the health, development and academic potential of all students.

Have questions about Medicaid or P-EBT?

For information and/or questions about Medicaid matching for free or reduced-price school meals, contact the Maryland Department of Health.

For information and/or questions about the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program, visit the Maryland Department of Human Services.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. View the Nondiscrimination Statement