School lunches, Title I, TUSD

Tony Soria, left, a bus driver for the Tucson Unified School District, helps food service employees, from right, Cassie Phelps, Maria Leon and Kat Lindquist, pass out lunches and breakfast to students and families at Harold Steele Elementary School.

Editor's note: This story was updated Oct. 8.

Many Tucson-area school districts announced this week that they are able to continue to provide free meals for all children ages 18 through a federal meal program. 

All locations, unless otherwise noted in the details below, are distributing free meals to all children ages 18-and-under, there are no income requirements, and children do not need to be enrolled in the district or school they are picking up meals from. In some cases children also do not need to be present at pickup, but adults will need to show some form of documentation for the children they are picking up meals for. 

Be sure to check the district's website for any changes to the meal distribution schedules due to school breaks. 

We'll keep this list updated as more information becomes available or changes.

The Arizona Department of Education put together a mapping tool when school closures began — where you can enter in your address and find the closest school meal site to you. Go here to use that tool. You can also find a list of all the locations in every county across the state that have submitted their info to ADE here

Pima County Public Library branches

Grab-and-go snacks can be picked up from 11 different library branches for anyone under age 18. Snacks are shelf-stable and will be pre-packaged, except for whole fruits. Pickup will be contact-free and social distancing measures will be in place.

When: Monday-Friday from 3-4 p.m. If you can't make it during this time the library says stop by any time and they do their best to provide snacks, based on availability. 

Where: View all the locations here

The library is also offering grab-and-go family food packs monthly through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) for qualifying individuals, seniors and families. Find more information about the family food packs program here

Tucson Unified School District

TUSD will deliver grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at several school bus stops throughout the city. 

Each bus will remain at the designated stop or bus bay on its route for 10 minutes and any child 18 and under can get a free meal. Children do not need to be present to pick up a meal, but adults who pick up meals will be asked to show one of the following documents: 

  • A student ID card, report card, or other school issued documentation with a child’s name such as enrollment, class schedule, IEP etc.
  • Show a video call home to show their children at home.
  • For children not enrolled in school: documentation with a child’s name and date of birth such as a medical document.
  • If none of the above is available, staff will ask for the parent/guardian’s name, child’s name and school (or date of birth if not enrolled in school) which will be logged by staff.

Families can also pick up a week's worth of meals for fall break (seven lunches, seven breakfasts and five snacks) on Monday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the TUSD Food Services Department Central Facility, 2150 E. 15th Street. These meals are free to all children 18 and under- children do not have to be present.

When: Bus stop routes run Monday-Friday starting Sept. 3. Stops will be made between 8 a.m. and noon. 

Where: Go here to see all the routes, times and maps of all the stops. If families need assistance finding the closest location to them, they can call 225-4700.


Sunnyside Unified School District

What: The Sunnyside district is offering grab-and-go breakfast and lunch to all children ages 1-18. There are no income requirements and no registration required. Both breakfast and lunch can be picked up in one trip. Meals can be picked up from buses parked at several locations and at school sites. The buses will also have mobile wifi hotspots available for families to use. Find more information here

When: Monday-Friday starting Sept. 3. 

Where: 

Along bus routes from 11 a.m. to noon

At school sites from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Flowing Wells Unified School District

What: All children ages 18-and-under can get grab-and-go lunch at six locations. There are no income requirements and no registration is required. 

When: Monday-Friday starting Sept. 3. 

Where:

Go here for more information. 

Catalina Foothills School District

What: The Catalina Foothills School District will be offering grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for all children ages 1-18. No student ID, number or name is required.

When: Monday-Friday starting Sept. 2, 7:30-10:30 a.m. 

Where: 

Find more information here


Marana Unified School District

What: MUSD will be providing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at 12 schools and Marana Cares Mobile will be set up at two different locations for food distribution. All children under 18 can receive a meal, and do not need to be present at pickup. 

When: Monday-Friday, through Dec. 31.  

Where: Meals can be picked up from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at these locations: 

Marana Bus Stops

Meals can be also picked up along 18 bus routes making 270 stops between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The map of locations can be found on the MUSD website. 

Marana Cares Mobile will be at the following locations during fall break from Oct. 12-16: 

Go here for more information.


Amphitheater Public Schools

What: All children under 18 can pick up free grab-and-go meals at Amphitheater Public Schools locations. Drive through service and a walk up option will be available. Kids do not need to be present when meals are being picked up. You can also pre-order meals for the entire week.

When: Meals can be picked up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with multiple days of meals served each day.

Where: 

Go here for more info. 


Sahuarita Unified School District

What: Grab-and-go lunch and breakfast will be available at two sites and at several bus stops for all children ages 1 to 18. You can pick up a lunch and a breakfast for the next day when you arrive. Children do not need to be present for meal pickup. On Fridays the district will also hand out meals for the weekend. Go here for more information.

When: Monday-Friday through Dec. 31. 

Where:

Go here for more information.



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