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FCPS Food and Nutrition Services will be serving free breakfast, lunch and supper at 8 schools and delivering lunch to select remote locations to any child 18 years old and younger.  Free meals are also available for adults older than 18 years old who are enrolled in an educational program for persons with disabilities. Check for details including times and locations at  The most recent update regarding meals can be found here.

Food Safety: Instructions for handling FCPS hot or cold grab-n-go meals

  • Refrigerate perishable foods that are not eaten immediately or as soon as you return home. Perishable foods are foods that can turn bad quickly if left at room temperature too long such as sandwiches, dairy products or sliced fruits and vegetables.
  • Discard uneaten perishable foods that are not packaged commercially within 48 hours. This includes lunch and supper sandwiches or entrees and fresh or cooked fruits and vegetables. 
  • If not eaten immediately, commercially packaged perishable food such as muffins, BeneFit bars, cheese sticks, yogurt, milk and juice should be refrigerated and then discarded by the expiration date or the "best if used by" date on the package. If you do not see a date on the package, discard it within 48 hours.  
  • You should try to eat a hot lunch immediately. If you cannot eat it right away, you can reheat a hot lunch that you refrigerated or if it is cold by the time you get home from the pick-up site.  You should reheat the food to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Nonperishable, individually wrapped food such as a bowl pack of cereal or a pouch of Craisins do not need to be refrigerated and should be discarded by the expiration date or "best if used by" date. Nonperishable, individually wrapped food is food that is safe to stay at room temperature for a long time without going bad or spoiling.  

Thurmont Elementary emergency meals drop-off site. 

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No Kid Hungry Certificate of Achievment for Summer Meals Served in 2019

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***FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Office proposed waiver for Summer Feeding Program 2020:

FNS is proposing that all summer sites not be monitored the first week of the Summer Feeding Program unless they are new sites. Returning sites will be reviewed within the first 2-3 weeks. If approved, implementation will be for the summer program starting June 2020 through August 2020. Contact the FNS office at 301-644-5061 with questions or comments.***


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  • FCPS serves approximately 7,000 breakfasts daily.
  • FCPS serves approximately 13,000 lunches daily.
  • Breakfast and lunch are served daily at all schools.
  • 13 schools serve free breakfast to all students.
  • Many schools welcome family members to join students for meals in the cafeteria.
  • All foods served for breakfast, lunch, snacks and supper meet USDA federal guidlines.
  • A variety of a la carte snack items that meet the Maryland Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools are available for an additional fee. 

Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand! The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness.

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.



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