Free Summer Meals for Kids (Photo by Yan Krukau)

Free Summer Meals Programs For Kids in Tucson (2024)


May 30, 2024
By Matt Sterner

During the school year, many students rely on the breakfast and lunch provided by cafeterias all throughout the city. According to Feeding America, these meals are sometimes the only food they get each day.

Their stats show that one in five kids face hunger in Arizona every day.

Luckily, districts like Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) are providing free meals for students this summer.

It’s not just for students either — all kids are welcome.

TUSD says they will serve around 1,000 free meals a day across at least 100 of their participating locations. The district’s free meal program began on Wednesday, May 29 while other non-school sites will begin on Monday, June 3.

All of the free summer meal locations can be found at meals.tusd1.org.

The Amphitheater Public Schools is offering free meals to all children under the age of 18 from now until Thursday, June 20. Breakfast is offered from 7:45 – 9 a.m. and lunch is from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Monday – Thursday.

Follow Amphitheater Public Schools on Facebook for the meal locations.

MUSD is offering a couple of options for local kids this summer.

First, the district is offering breakfast and lunch at multiple of their campuses in the town — the latest date for free meals is Friday, July 26. They have the full list of locations and times online.

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Marana Cares Mobile (Photo courtesy of Marana Unified School District)

Secondly, the Marana Cares Mobile will be zippin’ around this summer and parking at two different locations. The mobile cafeteria is serving now until Friday, July 26 at Picture Rocks Fire Department (11 a.m. – noon)(7341 N. Sandario Rd.) and the Marana Domestic Water Improvement District (12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)(16560 W. El Tiro Rd.).

The Marana Cares Mobile is also active during other times of the school year.

Check out our 2023 article “Marana Cares Mobile Offers Free Meals for Students During Breaks.”

For more information about other free meal programs, visit azhealthzone.org.

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