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HCPSS Free Summer Meal Service, Mondays & Thursdays, June 21-August 13, 2021

June 7th, 2021

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Program Overview

The Howard County Public School System announces its free summer food service program to meet the growing need to feed hungry children and families in Howard County and fill the nutritional gap over the summer months. Grab-and-Go meals will be provided at no cost to HCPSS students and any children aged 18 and under. There are no applications, enrollment or fees to participate in this program. Meals will be served only on days schools are open and there will be no meal service Monday, July 5.

In addition to the summer meal service for the public, free meals will be provided to all students participating in HCPSS summer programs at the 33 program locations.

Protective face masks do not have to be worn outdoors on HCPSS properties but are required inside HCPSS school buildings.

Through funding from the federal government to support nutrition for children during the pandemic, meals for both school years and the summer are served at no cost to families:

Sites, Dates & Times

Meals may be received only on Mondays and Thursdays. Those picked up Mondays will include three days of meals, and those collected on Thursdays will include food for four days. Meals provided include breakfast and lunch.

Meal sites and pickup times are subject to change based on participation. Any changes will be noted on this webpage.

Mondays and Thursdays, June 21 – August 13

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no meal service Monday, July 5.

Pick-up 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.

Pick-up 12:30-2 p.m.

Pick-up 1-2:30 p.m.

Pickup & Pre-Order

Meals may be received via walk-up to any available location by:

Meals also may be pre-ordered via the HCPSS Nutrislice website or mobile app. Users should select the Pre-Order Menu, then choose a meal site location and order your meals by day.

*In order to offer convenience for families while complying with government requirements, guidelines for meal pickup have been revised to allow a designee to pick up meals for up to three families. Parents/guardians may authorize a designee to pick up meals for their child(ren) by completing a meal pre-order form at least two days in advance. Please note that each family must complete a Meal Pre-Order Form, naming the designee. To do this, parents/guardians should go to, choose your location, Pre-Order Menu, and identify the designee, meal(s), pick-up time, and days. This also can be completed via the Nutrislice mobile app by selecting a location and then Browse Menus.

Food and Nutrition Services

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. The summer Food Service program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and is an extension of the National School Lunch Program, which is designed to guarantee eligible children free and nutritious breakfasts and lunches during the school year. Meals served will be healthy and will follow USDA nutrition guidelines. USDA and MSDE are equal opportunity providers.

For detailed information about the HCPSS meal programs, visit the Food Services website or email