Maricopa County School Meal Program Guide

March 18, 2020
Blog Post

Every day, Arizona schools serve hundreds of thousands of breakfasts and lunches to students for free or at a reduced cost. Although schools in our community have closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our educators are working hard to ensure children still have access to the meals they rely on.

Last week, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which included more than $1 billion to expand food assistance programs to provide nutritious food to children who depend on those school meals, as well as to low-income pregnant women, mothers with young children, and low-income seniors.

La guía del programma de comida escolar en el condado de Marciopa en español está disponible aquí.

Here is what school districts in our area are doing to sustain child nutrition programs during school closures:
 
[Updated 4/8/2020]
 

 

Agua Fria Union High School District

The district will provide free breakfast and lunch at various schools Monday through Friday during school closings. Children will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch. All children under the age of 18 qualify and do not have to be district students to participate. Children must be present to receive meals. Meal distributions can be found here.

CONTACT: (623) 932-7000

 

Aguila Elementary School District

The distict plans to begin distributing lunches to students under the age of 18 beginning Monday, March 23. If school closings extend beyond March 27, they have plans to serve breakfast as well. Meals to go will be distributed individually to students at Aguila Elementary School between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. from Monday to Friday. Students must be present to pick up meals. Other distribution sites may be added in the future based on need.

CONTACT: (928) 685-2222

 

Alhambra Elementary School District

Any child under the age of 18 can pick up meals.  Meals distribution information,including dates, times and locations,  is updated daily and available on the Alhambra Elementary District website.  Children must be present at the time of pick up.

CONTACT: (602) 336-2920

 

Avondale Elementary School District

Avondale ESD will have select bus stop locations (view the map for details) where grab-n-go breakfast & lunch for children will be available for pick-up. Families coming to pick up food should still ensure social distancing for the safety of our community. Children must be present to receive meals.

CONTACT: (623) 772-5000

 

Balsz School District

The district will provide meals from March 23 to March 27, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. at 1 p.m. at Tillman Middle School. Free meals will be served to any child under the age of 18. No paperwork is required. Children must be present. Meals include breakfast and lunch and must be consumed off-site.

CONTACT: (602) 629-6400

 

Buckeye Elementary School District

Monday through Friday, breakfast and packed lunch are available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Buckeye, Jasinski and Inca campuses. This meal service is available to any child under the age of 18 at any of the Buckeye District schools.

CONTACT: (623) 925-3400

 

Buckeye Union High School District

Beginning March 23, the district will provide breakfast and packed lunches from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buckeye Union High School and Youngker Union High School, in front of the school by the flagpole. All children under the age of 18 qualify. Meals should not be consumed on-site. No paperwork or identification is required. For more information, please visit here.

Contact: (623) 386-9701

 

Cartwright School District

The district will provide free breakfast and lunch to anyone under the age of 18 beginning March 17. Children must be present to pick up meals. Meals can be picked up at 13 schools, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meals will also be distributed at certain bus stops. To check the meal distribution bus site schedule, click here.

CONTACT: (623) 691-5910

 

 

Cave Creek Unified School District

The district will be will be providing breakfast and lunch grab and go meals Monday- Friday for anyone under the age of 18. Please pick up meals in front of Cactus Shadows High school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Cactus Shadows High School is located at 5802 E. Dove Valley Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85266.

CONTACT: (480) 575-2436

 

Chandler Unified School District

Free meals are available to any child 18 years of age or younger, regardless of which school they attend. Meals can be picked up at Hamilton High, Chandler High, Andersen Junior High, Willis Junior High, and Perry High from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., from Wednesday, March 18 to Friday, March 27. Meals include breakfast and lunch. Children must be present when picking up meals and meals must be consumed off-site.

CONTACT: (480) 812-7240

 

Creighton School District

Families can drive or walk-up to the outside of all 8 of our school front offices to grab both meals at once between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Adult meals can be purchased for $1 for breakfast and $2 for lunch. No paperwork is required, and meals are to be consumed off-site.

CONTACT: (602) 381-6000

 

Deer Valley Unified School District

Breakfast and lunch will be available for drive through or pick up at several school’s sites and locations in our community starting Monday, March 23. Meals will be available Monday through Friday at various times. Children will receive both meals at the same time. The district may change and/or add locations or hours depending on demand. Please check www.dvusd.org/food every day to see if hours or locations change. 

 

 

Dysart Unified School District

Beginning Monday, March 23, we will be providing meals to community members 18 and under Monday through Friday, through April 3. Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch will be provided from 11a.m. to 1p.m. at the following sites: Asante Preparatory Academy, Luke Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Thompson Ranch Elementary, Ashton Ranch Elementary, Sunset Hills Elementary, Surprise Elementary, Sonoran Heights Elementary, Kingswood Elementary, Willow Canyon HS, Shadow Ridge HS, Dysart HS and Growing Minds at Western Peak Elementary.

CONTACT: (623) 876-7000

 

Fountain Hills Unified School District

The district is providing free breakfast and lunch to Pre-K through high school students beginning Wednesday, March 18th and extending through March 27 pending the availability of our food supply. There will be 2 pick-up sites for this. Per federal guidelines to receive a student meal, the child must be present in the car.

Site 1 will be McDowell Mt. Elementary School with the pick-up time from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Site 2 will be the Ft. McDowell H’man’shawa ECDC located at 18749 E. Bah On Nah Road, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264. The Ft. McDowell location will also have a drive-through and pick-up service so parents and children do not need to leave their car.

CONTACT: (480) 664-5000

 

Fowler Elementary School District

Beginning Monday, March 16, the district will provide breakfast and lunch at school bus stops. All children under the age of 18 qualify. To check what time and where meals will be given, visit here.

CONTACT: (623) 707-4500

 

Gila Bend Unified School District

The district will provide breakfast and lunch March 23 through 27 from 9:30 a.m. at 10 a.m. at the driveway in front of the Logan Auditorium. Meals will also be distributed at South Side Park, Birchfield Park, Paloma Soccer Field, Palms Bus Stop in Harrington, and San Lucy Bus Stop.

If your student would like to participate and cannot access meals at the school or at the remote locations listed above, please call the school and we can make a delivery to additional bus stops after 10 a.m. (available at bus stops only).

CONTACT: (928) 683-2225

 

Gilbert Public Schools

The district will provide breakfast and packed lunches beginning March 17 at their various schools. Breakfast can be picked up from 7:30 a.m. at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

CONTACT: (480) 497-3300

 

Glendale Elementary School District

Beginning Wednesday, March 18 and running through Friday, April 10, the Glendale Elementary School District will be utilizing a curbside meal service for our students. We will be offering breakfast and lunch to all children between the ages of one and 18. Families may stop by their local school between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to receive both breakfast and lunch meals to go. Children must be present to receive a meal. Adult meals are not available. Families do not need to register for meals and there are no income requirements.

CONTACT: (623) 237-7100

 

Glendale Union High School District

The district will provide meals from March 23 to April 10, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free meals will be served to any child under the age of 18. No paperwork is required. Children must be present.

Meals will be provided at Apollo, Cortez, Glendale, Greenway, Independence, Moon Valley, Sunnyslope, Thunderbird, and Washington High Schools from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

CONTACT: (623) 435-6000

 

Higley Unified School District

Higley's free meal service begins on Monday, March 23. Any individual age 18 and younger may pick up both breakfast and a sack lunch from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, in a drive-thru style service at all Higley schools.

There are no income or residency requirements, as this is part of a federally funded program for those under the age of 18. Children must be present to receive meals. Children who attend Community Education’s childcare will automatically receive meals.

CONTACT: (480) 279-7000

 

Isaac School District

Breakfast and lunch will be available to all children under the age of 18 at all district sites during school closings. Breakfast will be offered between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and lunch will be offered between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Students do not have to be enrolled in Isaac School District to participate. In addition, meals will be provided at bus stops. To see when and where the bus stops are, visit this link.

CONTACT: (602) 455-6700

 

Kyrene School District

Kyrene will be providing bagged meals for any child 18 years old and under beginning Tuesday, March 17 at various pick up locations. Each bag will include a cold breakfast and lunch. Please call (480) 541-1660 or email foodservice@kyrene.org with any questions. Distribution sites where meals will be available can be found here.

CONTACT: 480-541-1660

 

Laveen Elementary School District

Laveen will be offering free breakfast and lunch to all children between the ages of one and 18 on a grab-and-go basis. Families may stop by any of the Laveen schools (except Vista) between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for lunch. Children must be present to take a meal. Adult meals are not available. Families do not need to register for meals and there are no income requirements.

Starting March 18, Laveen will expand its free meals program to district bus stops. Use the Nutrislice page to find the stop closest to you. Look for school buses at the locations below to pick up breakfast (8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.) and lunch (12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m).

CONTACT: (602) 237-9100

 

Liberty Elementary School District

Starting Monday, March 23, breakfast and packed lunches will be available to all children under the age of 18. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at three schools: Las Brisas, Freedom, and Rainbow Valley.

CONTACT: (623) 474-6600

 

Litchfield Elementary School District

The district will provide free breakfast and lunch at various schools Monday through Friday during school closings. All children under the age of 18 qualify and do not have to be district students to participate. Children must be present to receive meals. More information on distribution sites can be found here.

CONTACT: (623) 535-6000

 

Littleton Elementary School District

As a result of the recent school closings, starting on Wednesday, March 18, all Littleton Elementary School District Schools will be providing free breakfast and lunch. Please see the Littleton grab 'n go meal program flyer for specifics.

CONTACT: (623) 478-5600

 

Madison Elementary School District

Beginning Monday, March 23, and until further notice, any child 18 and under can receive free breakfast and lunch. Children do not have to attend a Madison School District school in order to receive a free meal. All children are welcome.

This will be a grab-and-go style pick up where each child can receive a sack lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day. Meals will be available for pick up between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Madison Camelview campus, 2002 E. Campbell Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016 and Madison Rose Lane campus, 1155 E Rose Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

CONTACT: (602) 664-7900

 

Mesa Public Schools

All children 18 and under are eligible to pick up a free lunch at all district elementary schools  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your children will need to be with you for the meals to be provided. Service will be made available as a grab-and-go pick-up, located outside of the elementary site's front office or near the student drop-off/pickup area.

CONTACT: (480) 472-0000

 

Morristown Elementary School District

During school closures, school districts have been granted the opportunity to continue to feed any child 18 years old or younger. Morristown Elementary School District will be doing a mobile grab and go offering as well as a grab and go pick up service at the school. To view the complete details, please visit here.

CONTACT: (623) 546-5100

 

Murphy Elementary School District

Beginning, Tuesday, March 17 and until further notice, the Murphy Elementary School District will be utilizing a curb side meal service for our students and community. The district will be offering breakfast and lunch to all children 18 years old and younger. Families may stop by their local school between 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch.  Adult meals are available at $2.00 each.

CONTACT: (602) 353-5004

 

Nadaburg Unified School District

The district will provide free packed breakfast and lunch. Families can stop by the site in their vehicle and pick up meals. At Desert Oasis School, breakfast will be served from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and lunch will be served from 10:45 a.m. at 12:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday. At Nadaburg School, breakfast will be served from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and lunch will be served from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday. At Saguaro Jane's, meals can be picked up starting Thursday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CONTACT: (623) 388-2100

 

Osborn School District

Free breakfast and lunch are available to pick up at seven locations in the Osborn School District, Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Meals are available for all children under the age of 18. Meals are served as grab and go and must be consumed off-site. Children must be present at the time of pick up.

CONTACT: 602-707-2000

 

Palo Verde Elementary School District

The district has not been approved to distribute school meals during closing. Nearby school districts that serve free meals to all students are Saddleback, Liberty and Buckeye Elementary, and Buckeye Union.

CONTACT: (623) 327-3680

 

Paloma Elementary School District

The district will provide breakfast and lunch beginning March 24th throughout the duration of the school closure. The school will be delivering breakfast and lunch via the district bus stops beginning at 11:00 AM.  All children under the age of 18 qualify.  Children must be present to receive meals.

If your student would like to participate and cannot access meals at the district stops, please call the school and we can make additional deliveries.  Please contact the school at 928-683-2588.

CONTACT: (928) 683-2588

 

Paradise Valley Unified School District

Beginning March 23, the district will provide free breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. at 11 a.m. at 11 schools. Meals can be picked up from your vehicle or on foot in the parking lot. All children under the age of 18 qualify and do not have to be district students to participate. Children must be present to receive meals. Meals should not be consumed at school.

CONTACT: (602) 449-2274

 

Pendergast Elementary School District

Our sites will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the grab and go meals at the entrances of each of our cafeterias. Breakfast and lunch will be handed out during these hours. In addition, Food Service and Transportation Departments will be collaborating and distributing meals via specified bus routes within each of our school campus communities. The mobile routes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Mobile routes and times can be found here.

CONTACT: (623) 772-2200

 

Peoria Unified School District

The Peoria Unified School District will continue free breakfast and lunch service to children through the state’s mandated school closures. Meals will be available for curbside pick-up from 10:30 a.m. through 12 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning Monday, March 23.

All meals will be served in a bag with a lunch and cold breakfast for the next day. Lunch will include a hot or cold entrée, fruit, vegetable, and milk. Breakfast will include an entrée, fruit, juice, and milk. 

Those 18-years and younger are eligible for the free meals they will be distributed one per child on a first come, first served basis. Meals for adults will be available for purchase for $3.00.

Visit here to see the schools that are participating.

CONTACT: (623) 486-6000

 

Phoenix Elementary School District

Meals can be picked up at Dunbar, Garfield and Magnet Traditional from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each weekday. On Monday March 23, we will also begin providing meals at Hu-O-Te Park at 11th Avenue and McKinley each weekday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

 

Phoenix Union High School District 

Phoenix Union is offering free breakfast and lunch "Grab and Go" for any child 18 years of age or younger (anyone 21 and younger with a disability).  This program will take place from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm Monday through Friday during our district closure.  District Sites will be closed Monday March 30th 2020 for Cesar Chavez Recess.   Meal Distribution will be available at Carl Hayden High School.

CONTACT: 602-764-1100

 

Queen Creek Unified School District

Beginning on Monday, March 23, both breakfast and lunch will be available on Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. to noon at the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley located at 22557 South Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, Arizona 85142. Meals will be provided at no charge to all Queen Creek students 18 years and under. Meals will be available curbside via a grab-and-go model of food delivery.

CONTACT: (480) 987-5935

 

Riverside Elementary School District

Riverside Elementary School District No. 2 will be offering free meals to all students ages 18 and younger during school closure, starting March 16 until further notice.

Breakfast and lunch will be available at Riverside Traditional School, Kings Ridge Preparatory Academy, MIT STEM Jr. High, and MIT High School. Students are not required to go to their assigned school for meals, they may go to any of the schools within our district. Meals will be available between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Each child will receive two pre-packaged meals per day (breakfast and lunch).

CONTACT: (602) 477-8900

 

Roosevelt School District

Starting on Monday, March 23, students can pick up both breakfast and lunch grab and go meals between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at each of the 16 school locations listed below Monday thorugh Friday, or they can walk to one of 19 bus stop locations between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. All students under 18 years of age can pick up meals to go. Child must be present to participate.

CONTACT: (602) 243-4800

 

Saddle Mountain Unified School District

Breakfast and Lunch will be available for drive through pick up Tuesday through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is free for anyone 18 years or younger, starting March 24. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided at the same time for pick-up. Initially, meals will be available at the following sites: Ruth Fisher Middle School, Winters' Well Elementary School, Tartesso Elementary School, as well as at the Belmont Dairy bus stop.

For more information visit here.

CONTACT: (623) 474-5115

 

Salt River Schools

Free breakfast and lunch will be available to children 18 and under beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, March 31 at Salt River High School. This applies to any child, regardless of where they go to school. Food will be distributed at SRHS (on the north side of the main parking lot along Country Club Drive, look for the canopy). Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All children who receive a meal must be physically present at the time of pickup.

CONTACT: (480) 362-2500

 

Scottsdale Unified School District

The Scottsdale Unified School District Nutrition Services Department will provide an opportunity for families to drive through or walk up at several school sites to pick up meals for the children in their family between the ages of 1 and 18. Children do not need to be an enrolled student or approved for the free and reduced meal program in order to receive meals. All meals will be available for pick up between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sites are listed here.

CONTACT: (480) 484-6234

 

Sentinel Elementary School District

Sentinel School is providing meals through the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) during unanticipated school closures starting on Monday, March 23 at 12 p.m. at bus stops, or we need a consent letter from parents to home deliver meals. The district will provide any child 18 years or under with a meal. Please see our food program flyer for more information.

CONTACT: (928) 323-3300

 

Tempe Elementary School District

Starting Thursday, March 19, there will be nine places where meals will be served from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You can only pick up grab and go breakfast and lunch during this time. Meals are available to any student under the age of 18, regardless of which school district they belong to.

CONTACT: (480) 730-7100

 

 

Tempe Elementary School District

Starting Thursday, March 19, there will be nine places where meals will be served from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You can only pick up grab and go breakfast and lunch during this time. Meals are available to any student under the age of 18, regardless of which school district they belong to.

CONTACT: (480) 730-7100

 

Tolleson Elementary School District

Free breakfast and lunch for anyone under 18 will be available in the front of each school from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Check the district's Facebook page and this flyer for more information on distribution locations and guidelines for meal pick-ups. Children do not have to be district students to participate. Children must be present to receive meals.

CONTACT: (623) 533-3900

 

Tolleson Union High School District

Beginning Monday, March 30, Tolleson Union High School District students can receive a five-day meal pack for the week. Monday meal packs will include breakfast and lunch for five days for Tolleson Union High School District students. We will distribute meals from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. each Monday.

Tolleson Union High School District students must be present in order to receive the five-day meal pack.

CONTACT: (623) 478-4000

 

Union Elementary School District

Students can pick up five days of breakfast and lunch on April 1st and April 8th from 4:00p.m.-4:45p.m. at Dos Rios and Hurley Ranch Elementary Schools.. All children under the age of 18 are eligible for food.

CONTACT: (623) 478-5005

 

Washington Elementary School District

The district will provide free breakfast and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 13 sites from March 23 to March 27. All children under the age of 18 qualify and do not have to be district students to participate. Children must be present to receive meals. Meals will be distributed outside each site and, for the safety of all involved, should be consumed off-site. Please go here for a complete list of food pick up locations.

CONTACT: (623) 347-2600

 

Wickenburg Unified School District

Beginning Monday, March 23, the district will provide packed breakfast and lunch bags from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hassayampa, Wickenburg High, Foothills Festival, and 299th Ave and Patton schools. Meals are for children under the age of 18. Children must be present to receive meals, but they do not have to be district students.

The district has communicated that it is helpful for parents to complete an advance request form here.

CONTACT: (928) 668-5350

 

Wilson Elementary School District

Starting Monday, March 16, the district will provide free breakfast and lunch at two locations. Any student in the community under the age of 18 qualifies for meals.

At Wilson Elementary School, breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At the corner of 21st Pl. and E. Taylor St., lunch and breakfast will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CONTACT: (602) 681-2200

 

The following school districts did not have publicly available information about meals during school closings:

Arlington Elementary School District (623) 386-2031

East Valley Institute of Technology (480) 461-4000

Maricopa County Regional School District (602) 452-4700

Mobile School District (Mobile Elementary School District # 86) (520) 568-2280

 

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