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



    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.



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


    Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

    The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. When school is out, SFSP provides free meals in low-income areas to kids and teens 18 years and younger.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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

Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs
Phone: (410) 767-0199
TTY/TTD: (410) 333-6642
Fax: (410) 333-2635
Email: scnp_mailbox.msde@maryland.gov