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 (En Espanol - Solicitar Comidas Hoy) 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.


    Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of the next school year. An adult household member must complete an application each year unless the school informs the family that their child is eligible for the new school year. If a new application is not sent in that is approved by the school or you have not been notified that your child is eligible for free meals, your child will be charged the full price for meals.

    How to Apply

    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!  
    COMPLETE APPLICATION ONLINE (En Espanol - Solicitar Comidas Hoy)

    Obtain Application from School
    Applications are available in English and Spanish at each school's office and from the school cafe Supervisor.
    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 complete a Household Application online (En Espanol - Solicitar Comidas Hoy). (Safe, secure, private and easy!). The status of your application will be communicated to you at the email address you provide during application.

    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.


    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 


    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.