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Food Services

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

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Announcements

  • Starting in April, Benefits Issued for Food Purchases (P-EBT)
    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 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.

    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 more details, visit School Meal Programs from Food Services.

TUSD Weekly Meal Pickup

Meal Pick-Up Weekly

Pick-Ups held every Wednesday from 3-5pm, starting March 24 at TUSD Food Services Central Facility (2150 E.15th Street 85719).

Please Note: With schools opening, the weekly meal pick-up option will be available only for students remaining with remote instruction (not returning to campus) OR for non-school aged children. Registration is required

Please email Food Services or call 520-225-4700 with any questions.

Our Services

Cafeterias at each of our schools provide hot and nutritious breakfasts and lunches to our students.

Some students enjoy our meals so much that they ask their parents or guardians to request the recipes so that they can serve these meals during vacation and school breaks.

One student writes, "The food is great! They let you have different choices in the cafeteria, but we call it our restaurant."

Students in elementary school can choose between two entrees at lunch. Middle and high school students select from a range of menu stations.

We know that children need a healthy breakfast and lunch in order to have energy for learning. Food services staff takes pride and joy in ensureing that all children receive a nutritious and tasty meal at school. In the 2020-2021 school year, 60 of our schools will be participating in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) which provides free meals to all students at that school.

TUSD Meal Charge Policy

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

How 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 to provide students with seamless service and a reimbursable meal following USDA guidelines when students' meal accounts are empty. 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.

Our Catering and Artisan Bakery Services

Artisan Bakery

Bring the fun back to food with house-made baked goods developed by our very own chef, Shyla Larson! This line falls under our catering department and is compliant with the Smart Snacks in schools federal nutrition standards. Using creative ingredients, such as applesauce instead of oils, is what makes our fun snacks healthy. These items are great for fundraisers, celebrations in the classroom, and meetings. See the Artisan Bake Shop flier (in PDF) for our delicious offerings and pricing.

Catering Services

In addition to the Artisan Bakery, our catering services also include Snack Shop, Pizza Parlor, and Cook Outs. See the Catering Brochure (in PDF) for complete listings and pricings.

Who can purchase?

Teachers - do you want a fun & healthy way to offer an alternative treat for a classroom celebration? Parent-Teacher Associations/Organizations - need baked goods for fundraising afterschool? Principals - need a way to elevate staff meetings? Group Coordinators - want a fun and healthy snack to provide your band, chess or student council groups? Try one of our delicious Artisan Bake Shop creations for your next event. Anyone can purchase these delicious baked goods for district-coordinated events!

Farm-to-School Delivers Fresh Local Produce to TUSD Students

Photo of LettuceStudents in TUSD schools enjoy fresh produce direct from the farm. Local Romaine lettuce is one example of TUSD's farm to school efforts to bring local produce to our students. TUSD Food Services purchases local produce through the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona in partnership with southern Arizona farmers to deliver more local produce to the Tucson community. Food Services has been purchasing 600 lbs of local lettuce per week to distribute weekly to several schools. The delivery schedule rotates so that all schools have the opportunity to include local lettuce on their lunch menu.

Photo of Meal served with LettuceThe photo at left features Romaine lettuce served at Palo Verde High School. The salads served at lunch were made with local lettuce grown in the center of Tucson by Merchant's Garden (a local greenhouse located at TUSD's former Howenstine High School, off of Tucson Blvd between Broadway and 22nd Street).

Fresh, local produce is one of the most effective ways to deliver nutritious (and delicious) meals to our students. Romaine lettuce is one of the tallest and sturdiest of lettuce varieties. It is high in fiber, potassium, vitamins A, manganese, and folate. It's also high in antioxidants, known to be one of most nutritious of lettuce varieties. We're happy to know that our students can enjoy their salads!

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Our Kitchens are Ready-to-Serve

Pima County Health Department - Listo para Servir Pima County Health Department - Ready to Serve

The Pima County Health Department’s Consumer Health and Food Safety Division has verified that Tucson Unified Food Services is following the May 21 Board of Supervisor’s Proclamation requiring COVID-19 protective measures to help slow and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Our kitchens are ready to serve!

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