Food Services

Food Services | Lindsay Aguilar, Site Operations Coordinator | 2150 E. 15th St., Tucson AZ, 85719 | (520) 225-4700

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) - Free Meals at 34 Schools!

TUSD is now offering Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) at qualifying schools which allows free breakfast and lunch to be provided to all students at the qualifying school. Visit the Free School Meals page for more information, and see the list below for participating schools. If your student is enrolled at a participating school, YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE A FREE & REDUCED MEAL BENEFIT APPLICATION.

More Information about the CEP Free Meal Program

Frequently Asked Questions about the Community Eligibility Program (CEP)

What is the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)?
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is part of the USDA's National School Breakfast and Lunch Program, which allows qualifying schools to provide free meals to all students.

Will students enrolled at a CEP school receive free meals even if they do not qualify for free meals?
Yes, all students enrolled at CEP schools will receive free breakfast and lunch regardless of household income.

Why are there only 34 schools that offer CEP?
Our participating schools qualify through a range of factors, including having the highest need of students that qualify for free meals. We hope to add more schools to the program next year.

Do I have to submit an application for my child to receive free meals?
If your child attends a CEP school (see list below), you do not need to submit a meal benefit application. CEP eliminates the meal benefit application since all students receive free meals based on the school qualifying. If you have a child that attends a non-CEP school, a meal benefit application needs to be submitted to determine meal benefit eligibility.

Will all of my children receive free breakfast and lunch if they attend different schools?
Only the 34 TUSD schools will provide free breakfast and lunches to all students. Please see the list below. If you have a child attending a school that is not part of the CEP program, that child will receive free meals only if you are eligible per the requirements of the free and reduced meal program. If your child attends a school that isn't part of this program, a household application for meal benefits will need to be completed each school year to determine meal benefit eligibility.

Why does one of my children get free meals when another one does not?
Students who are not eligible for free or reduced price meals (based on the household income application) only receive free meals if they attend a CEP school.

My child attends a participating school, but I can afford to pay for my child's meals. Can I still pay?
If your child attends one of the participating schools, then you will not be paying for their meals. If you'd like to help out, you can contribute all or a portion of what you would have spent for school meals to help provide meals for a child at a non-participating school through our Together Every Kid Eats program, or you can use those funds as part of your Arizona Tax Credit contribution to help the extracurricular programs at your school or any TUSD school.

If I have questions about CEP who should I contact?
Please call TUSD Food Services Department at (520) 225-4700.

Participating Schools in CEP, 2019-2020

If your student is enrolled at a participating school, YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE A FREE & REDUCED MEAL BENEFIT APPLICATION.

Online Applications

Online free and reduced rmeal applications...for faster processing, click here.

You can now submit your free and reduced-price meal applications online!

It's easy to get started. Go to: https://mealapp.tusd1.org.

  • Secure website
  • No lost paperwork
  • Receive benefits faster
  • No more wondering what happens to forms containing private information
  • Receive confirmation email

For questions, contact:
TUSD Food Services
(520) 225-4700
Email: Stephen.Protz@tusd1.org

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Online Meal Payments

think outside the lunchbox, prepay for school meals online. MyPaymentsPlus (formerly known as MealplayPlus)

Use MyPaymentsPlus to check your student’s meal account balance or prepay for school meals.

At no cost, you can

  • create a free, secured account to manage your student's meal payments.
  • Check your student's account balance

For a minimal transaction fee of 3.99%, you can also make payments online.

Register your student using the Student Id (or Matric) number.

For questions or to obtain your student's ID #, call 1-877-237-0946.

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