Nutrition Services

Free summer meals for TPS students starting June 28, 2021


Students can get TPS meal packs in two different ways:

  • Anyone 18 years old and younger can pick up breakfast/lunch meal packs from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, at these middle schools: Baker, First Creek, Gray, Jason Lee and Meeker. Children must be present during meal pick up. The last day for meals at First Creek, Gray and Meeker is July 29. The last day for meals at Baker and Jason Lee is Aug. 31.
  • Students participating in summer programs at TPS sites will receive a breakfast and lunch. Any exceptions will be communicated with families. 


There will be no meals served June 21-25 during the transition from the current school year to summer meal service. All sites will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.  

Families now receiving Pandemic EBT benefits will automatically receive these grocery benefits over the summer. 

Want more options? Metro Parks Tacoma offers free summer meals for those under 18 years old from June 28 through Sept. 3. The Summer Meals Site Finder can help you find even more meal sites: Find Meals for Kids When Schools are Closed | USDA-FNS

In the fall, free breakfast and lunch will be available at school for all TPS students. 

Breakfast and lunch menus for in-person learners and curbside pick up

Take a look at your school's breakfast and lunch menu. You can examine the nutrition facts, and filter for allergens and dietary preferences.

Find Your School's Menu

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.  

Meal App Now

While all students are currently receiving free meals, there are many reasons to still apply for free and reduced-price meals this month.

  • Meals are free right now, but the waiver that makes that possible expires in June 2021. While this waiver might be extended, applying for free or reduced-price meals now can make sure qualifying kids are covered either way.
  • Families who qualify for free and reduced-price meals can get additional benefits and discounts, such as free access to internet or discounts on childcare or cable if they can show they qualify.
  • Free and reduced-price applications are tied to supplemental educational funding that helps our schools.
  • Families who have EBT benefits or who have already qualified for free or reduced-price meals could receive extra food benefits.
Lunch Money Now

Lunch Money Now is a secure, online system to manage student meal accounts.

Lunch Money Now is a convenient, easy to use system that allows parents to pre-pay for meals, access meal card balances and check recent meal purchases. Parents are able to check account balances 24-hours a day and receive email notification when the account falls below a specified balance. Visa and MasterCard transactions through Lunch Money Now are charged a $1.50 convenience fee. For more information, please contact Nutrition Services at 253-571-3370.

Check your balance

Meal App Now

Meal App Now eliminates the paperwork by offering a secure, online system for free and reduced meal applications.

You will be prompted to create an account or login, then just follow the simple steps to complete a meal application for the current school year. If you need assistance, please contact Nutrition Services at 253-571-3370.​

APPLY Now


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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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.