Nutrition Services

Free summer meals for youth 18 and under starting June 27

Free summer meals from Tacoma Public Schools are available to all children 18 and under this summer. 

Breakfast and lunch will be available at these schools: 
•    Baker Middle School
•    First Creek Middle School
•    Giaudrone Middle School
•    Gray Middle School
•    Hilltop Heritage Middle School
•    Mason Middle School
•    Meeker Middle School
•    Stewart Middle School
•    Truman Middle School
•    Wainwright Intermediate 

Students must eat meals at school. Meals will be available:

•    Monday-Thursday from June 27-July 28, No meals served July 4
•    Breakfast served from: 8:30-9:15 a.m.
•    Lunch served from: 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

More summer meal options
Want more options? Metro Parks Tacoma will offer free lunches at a number of parks over the summer. Meals will be available from noon -1 p.m., June 27 – Aug. 26 to those 18 and under.     

No matter where you’ll be this summer, you can use the USDA website to find summer meal programs across the country. Families can call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479), text “Food” to 304-304, or find the summer meals sites online. For Spanish, families can call 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273), text “Comida” to 304-304 or find the summer meals sites online

Fall meals at school
When school starts Sept. 8, free breakfast and lunch will continue to be available to TPS students. More details will be provided closer to the start of school. 

New process replaces free and reduced-price meal application

While meals for TPS students are free again this year, we will ask families to fill out Household Information Surveys that collect data to support supplemental education programs. This replaces the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application process. 

How can families access the Household Information Survey?

  • Students who receive state benefits such as through the SNAP program may not need to fill out a form. Families who are “directly certified,” or otherwise identified as eligible for benefits, will soon receive an email or letter from the district confirming this and do not need to fill out the survey.
  • Families who are not directly certified will soon get a link or instructions on how to fill out the Household Information Survey. 
  • If you don’t receive this survey or a letter confirming your certification by the end of September, please contact your school’s office coordinator or Patsy Neas, or 253-571-3378.

Do you need a letter to qualify for low-income benefits and discounts?
If you need a qualifications letter for services such as free ASB cards or discounts on certain services, contact Patsy Neas at or 253-571-3378. 

Student allergies

If your student has food allergies that your school does not already know about, please contact your school nurse – even if you don’t plan to have your student take school meals. Schools can make some meal accommodations for students with food allergies; ask your child’s health care provider to complete this form and submit it to your school nurse.  

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) found online at:, 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: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Summer Meal Site Map

Additional Questions? 

(253) 571-3370
nutritionservices@tacoma.k12.wa.usFax 253-571-3377

Does your student have special dietary needs?

Contact your school nurse to arrange for doctor-recommended food accommodations.