School Meals

Page last updated: 04/30/19

Breakfast and lunch are available starting the first day of school. All school meals include milk.

If your child brings lunch from home, he/she can purchase milk separately.

For information about menus, nutrient facts, grace period deadline for free and reduced-price meal applications, and other frequently asked questions, please visit the Nutrition Services web page:  or

Does your child qualify for a free meal?

Tacoma Public Schools offers free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch for eligible students. Eligibility is determined based on household income and size. One application per household is required unless you receive a letter notifying you that the Department of Health Services (DSHS) has approved your children from the 2019-20 school year. 

Apply for Free and Reduced-Price school meals

families can use Meal App Now, a quick and convenient method for parents to apply for free and reduced-price meals for their children via the Internet. This online application provides prompt processing and eliminates the possibility of lost forms. Go to Additional information and instructions are available on the website. 

If you do not have access to a computer, you can:

  • Use the computer kiosk available in your school.
  • Come to the Nutrition Services Office, 3321 S. Union Ave., Tacoma, for assistance.
  • Fill out a paper application and return it to the Nutrition Services Office. Forms are available at all school locations and the Nutrition Services office. Please allow up to 10 working days for eligibility determination of paper applications.

Pay for school meals online

Parents can pay for their children's school meals by debit or credit card 24 hours a day using our secure, online system called Lunch Money Now. This convenient, easy-to-use, low-fee system allows parents to prepay for meals, access meal account balances, check recent meal purchases, and receive email notification when the account balance is low.

Access Lunch Money Now from the district website at and click Lunch Money Now from the district website at and click Lunch Money Now. You can also prepay school meals by cash or check with the cafeteria cashier. 

Meal Charging Policy

It is the responsibility of parents or guardians to prepay for school meals, send payment with their student, provide breakfast or lunch from home, or complete an annual application establishing eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. Nutrition Services is unable to use state or federal funds to forgive student meal debts and has established guidelines to help families manage cafeteria accounts. The district may pursue collection efforts for delinquent meal accounts.

For more information about the district's Meal Charge policy or how to set a charge limit for your student, go to or contact the Nutrition Services Office at (253) 571-3370 or

USDA Civil Rights Complaint Process

Tacoma Public Schools participates in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs. 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.