The School Breakfast Program is a federally assisted meal program. It began as a pilot project in 1966, and was made permanent in 1975.  The School Breakfast Program is administered at the Federal level by Food and Nutrition Service.  At the State level, the program is usually administered by State education agencies, which operate the program through every school day agreements with the local school food authorities.  All Anne Arundel County Public Schools offer school breakfast since 1976.
The School Breakfast Program operates in the same manner as the National School Lunch Program. Anne Arundel County Public Schools receives cash subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each breakfast meal they serve.  In return, they must serve breakfasts that meet Federal Nutrition Standards.

SY 2017-2018 – 3,717,762
SY 2016-2017 – 3,795,967
SY 2015-2016 – 3,841,975
SY 2014-2015 – 3,521,223
SY 2013-2014 – 2,869,887

Traditional Breakfast

  • Schools may offer a traditional breakfast in the school cafeteria, a familiar setting for students who already eat school lunch in the cafeteria.
  • Schools that offer a Traditional Breakfast provide approximately 15 minutes for the breakfast meal prior to the start of the school day.
  • Students pay full price or no charge if your child qualifies for free or reduced-price meals.

Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA)

  • Schools participating the Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) classroom breakfast program offer breakfast to all students every morning in the classroom free to all students.
  • Schools may apply for MMFA each spring if they maintain 40% or more free and reduced-price eligibility at the school.
  • Eligible schools receive State funding that enables the school to offer free breakfast to all students.
  • State funding may be limited, therefore all eligible schools may not be participating.

MMFA Schools

Breakfast with Class

  • Schools participating in the Breakfast with Class program offer breakfast to students in the cafeteria (full price or free) but the students eat in the classroom with fellow classmates and the teacher.
  • Schools may be approached to offer this program if they have high breakfast participation or if a school is interested in offering an alternate school breakfast program in the classroom.
  • Breakfast with Class increases breakfast participation, takes less time to serve in comparison to traditional breakfast, helps build healthy eating habits and helps improve academic performance and attendance.

Breakfast with Class

Second Chance Breakfast

  • Schools participating in Second Chance Breakfast offer breakfast to all students after first period.
  • Breakfast meals are offered both in the cafeteria and at kiosks throughout the school building.  School breakfast meals are purchased (full price or free) in the determined locations then transported to second period for student consumption.

Second Chance Breakfast Schools

Fruits (1 cup daily) offered in all AACPS schools to include:

  • Fresh Fruit
  • Canned Fruit, packed in juice
  • Dried Fruit
  • 100% Fruit Juice

Grains offered in all AACPS schools are whole-grain rich to include:

  • Bagel
  • Benefit Breakfast Bar
  • Muffin

Milk offered in all AACPS schools includes:

  • Low-fat Milk
  • Fat Free Chocolate
  • Fat Free Strawberry

Breakfast menus meet:

  • Calorie Ranges
  • Saturated Fat Limits
  • Sodium Levels
  • Zero Trans Fat products only

Registered Dietitians at the local school level develop menu patterns and conduct nutrient analysis on the weekly menu. State officials conduct nutrient analysis every 3 years.

SY 2018-2019

Full Price Student -$1.50
Reduced-Price Student -$0.00
Free Student -$0.00
Adult Breakfast -$1.90

For more information about the School Breakfast Program call 410-222-5900 or email