Free or Reduced School Meals

  • Eligibility

    Your child may be eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, an adult household member needs to complete a Household Application online OR a paper Household Application to determine eligibility. One application may be used to list all children in the household.

    Eligibility is determined by household size and income criteria. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels set by the USDA Child Nutrition Program are eligible. Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals regardless of income and should be included on your application. All children in households receiving benefits from SNAP, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations or TANF, can get free meals regardless of your income.

    Learn More:  Parent Letter  English / Spanish


    How to Apply

    Instructions for Applying:  
    English / Spanish


    Apply Online
    The Marana Unified School District now offers parents the ability to apply online. The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and available anytime. Quick processing and no more paper applications to complete and return. Convenient and good for the environment as well!  


    Print and Return
    Household Application:

    Applications are available in English and Spanish at each school's office and from the school cafe Supervisor.

    Apply online or submit completed paper application to child's school office or mail to:
    Food Service Office
    11279 W. Grier Ste. 107
    Marana, AZ  85653   

    Approval Process

    Please remember that it is the parent's responsibility to make sure the Meals Benefit Clerk receives the application.

    Each application can take up to 10 days to process. Benefits do not begin until the date your application is approved and you are responsible for all meals purchased prior to that date. If you do not receive a letter of approval in a 10 -14 days, please call the Meals Benefit Clerk at (520) 682-4734.

    For a faster response time, it is recommended you apply online. (Safe, secure, private and easy!)

    To check status of application, check online
    . (Safe, secure, private and fast service.)

    For more information about the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Program, including free or reduced-price meals, call Crystal Kalahar, Director of Food Services for Marana USD at (520) 682-4734.