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

Free School Meals at 60 of Our Schools in 2020-2021

Free School Meals Free Supper Free Summer Meals

Free School Meals at Participating Schools!

Printable List of CEP Schools (in PDF)

During the 2020-2021 school year, we're serving free meals to every student at sixty of our schools. At these schools, there's no need to complete the Free & Reduced meal application. Free breakfast and lunch are provided to every student at every participating schools.

Many of our schools also offer free supper, and every summer, we sponsor the Free Summer Meal program at schools and community centers.

More Information about Free School Meals

Frequently Asked Questions about the Community Eligibility Program (CEP)

Preguntas Frecuentes de Provisión de Elegibilidad Comunitaria (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 60 schools that offer CEP? Based on qualifying factors and having the highest need of students that qualify for free meals.

Do I have to submit an application for my child to receive free meals? If your child attends a CEP school, 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 60 CEP schools will provide free breakfast and lunches to all students. 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. A household application for meal benefits (for non- CEP schools) has 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, 2020-2021

Printable List of CEP Schools (in PDF)

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

Pandemic Relief for Food Purchases in 2020-2021

P-EBT for School-Aged Children will be issued starting in April

It’s Back! The Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides families of eligible children additional funds to purchase food during this school year for the months of August 2020-May 2021. P-EBT is administered by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). P-EBT is intended for children who did not have access to receive free or reduced price meals at school due to schools being closed or learning remotely this school year.

It is important to note that P-EBT is a compliment to meals and snacks provided to children through school meal programs during full or part time distance learning such as curb side meals, mobile stops, delivery, etc. Meals and snacks provided by schools during full or part time distance learning do not prevent a child from receiving P-EBT.

How do I know if my child is eligible to receive P-EBT for this school year?
If your child is eligible to receive free or reduced meals at school AND your child’s school was either closed, offered full time distance learning, offered part time distance learning or offered hybrid (days in and days off campus) , then your child is eligible to receive P-EBT for the correlating eligible months during August 2020-May 2021.
DES will receive school data from ADE for student eligibility for free or reduced meals and school learning models (closed, full/part time distance learning or hybrid), which will be used to qualify all children on a monthly basis for each month of the school year (August 2020-May 2021).
All eligible children in the school will either receive a full and or partial payment depending if the school required or offered distance learning for the majority of that calendar month.
Students must be enrolled in a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program to be eligible for P-EBT.
Full P-EBT payment:
All eligible children in the school receive a full P-EBT when the school reports that it was closed or only a full-time distance learning model (no in-school attendance) for all or majority of operating days in the reported month.
Partial P-EBT payment:
All eligible children in the school receive partial P-EBT when the school reports learning model(s) that offer distance learning in addition to offering on-campus learning in the reported month.
No P-EBT payment:
No children will receive P-EBT when the school reports only an in-person learning model for all operating days in the reported month.

To ensure the information being provided to DES is current, please make sure that you update your student information (such as current address, parent/guardian, phone number etc) at your child’s school. For inquiries on student eligibility for free or reduced meals, please email TUSD Food Services or call (520)225-4700.

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