According to FeedingAmerica.com, more than 41 million people in the USA struggle with enough food to eat each day. More than one million of them live right here in Arizona. Of those, almost 371,000 of them are children. In fact, one in four Arizona children experiences hunger each and every day. As one of the richest countries in the world, this shouldn't happen. Schools provide the only full meal some children receive every day. But when school's out, where do they go? Tucson Unified School District offers a free summer meal program for Tucson kids that continues through mid-July. No judgment. Just good, quality food.
Free Summer Meal Program for Tucson Kids
Most of the schools in the Tuscon Unified School District (TUSD) and off-site locations with recreational programs offer a free summer meal program for kids enrolled in their summer activities. However, this offer also extends to any child between one and 18 who aren't enrolled in a summer program. You'll find a complete list of participating locations here. With the exception of July 4th, kids receive breakfast and lunch absolutely free of charge every Monday through Friday. The program closes on the 4th for the holiday. Just show up and your child will be served. Any parent wishing to eat with their kids pay just $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch (exact change, please).
What's on the Menu?
Enjoy pancakes, bagels, burritos or a sunrise sandwich for breakfast. Then, fill up on hamburgers, corn dogs, pizza, calzones, chicken nuggets, and other items for lunch. Each day offers its own unique menu. For those with nut allergies, please be aware that some items may include peanuts or peanut oil. Ask before being served just to make sure. Take a peek at the complete breakfast and lunch menu on the TUSD website.
Do you know someone who could use a little help feeding their kids? Let them know about the free summer meal program available for Tucson kids. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Food Services office at 225-4700. A bilingual helpline has also been set up at 800-352-3792 for those who may need it. Kids should never have to go hungry. Healthy bodies need a healthy mind to operate them. Food nourishes both. Help me spread the word about this very important summer program for our children. Thank you.