Marana Cares Mobile

Sheri Bright, cafeteria manager at Picture Rocks Elementary School, hands out meals from the Marana Cares Mobile at the corner of Sandario and Anthony roads in Marana.

Editor's note: This story was updated July 2.

Many Tucson-area school districts and community organizations have extended their summer meal distribution services through July, and in some places into August, and will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch for children as part of the federal summer 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. 

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 — and many of those sites are continuing meal service during summer. 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 10 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 through Aug. 5.

Where: Distribution happens during different time slots at several branches. View the schedule of times and locations 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.

When: Monday-Friday from May 26 through July 24. Stops will be made between 8 a.m. and noon. 

Where: Go here to see all the routes 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. Meals must be picked up and eaten at home. Both breakfast and lunch can be picked up in one trip. Meals can be picked up from buses parked at several locations. The buses will also have mobile wifi hotspots available for families to use. Find more information here

When: Monday-Friday through July 24. Pickup at schools and bus stops will be 7:30-10 a.m. 

Where: 


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: Noon to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday through July 24. Meals will not be distributed on July 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 through July 31, 8-10:30 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, but must be present during pickup. 

When: Monday-Friday, through July 31. Meals will not be distributed on July 3. 

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 14 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: 

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 must be present when meals are being picked up. There are no income requirements and no registration is required. 

When: Meals can be picked up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with three breakfast and lunch meals distributed on Tuesdays and four breakfasts and lunches distributed on Thursdays.

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 must 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 July 25. Pickup is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Where:


CITY Center for Collaborative Learning/Paulo Freire Freedom School

This location will end food service on July 1, but has prepared a map of nearby locations that will continue distributing food through the end of July


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