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Food Services

Food Services | Lindsay Aguilar, Director | 2150 E. 15th St., Tucson AZ, 85719 | (520) 225-4700 | foodservices@tusd1.org

You Can Help!

Tucson Unified has created a Together Every Kid Eats portal where members of the community can donate money to help feed children. These funds are used when students' meal accounts are empty and after the two-meal grace period provided by the District. After the grace period, Food Services will provide the student with seamless service and a reimbursable meal following USDA guidelines. The cashier will ring up the meal on the School Courtesy Meal Program house account. Food Services will work with families to bring the meal accounts to a positive balance without overt identification. For more information, see the Together Every Kid Eats webpage.

Student meal prices

Meals continue to be free for all children 18 and under for the remainder of the school year.

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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