Free summer meal program for children and teens

Tacoma Public Schools 2019 Summer Food Service Program sites

6/18/2019 | TACOMA, Washington

TACOMA - Children and teens ages 18 and younger can get free breakfast or lunch at many locations throughout the community as part of the Summer Food Service Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tacoma Public Schools Nutrition Services Department is one of many partners offering this service at various sites and dates throughout the summer. The following school sites will offer breakfast from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday on the dates listed. All sites are closed July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

  • Arlington Elementary, 3002 S. 72nd St.: July 8 through Aug. 2; Aug. 19-22
  • Fawcett Elementary, 126 E. 60th St.: June 24 through July 25; Aug. 19-22
  • Franklin Elementary, 1402 S. Lawrence St.: June 24 through July 24; Aug. 19-22
  • McCarver Elementary, 2111 S. J St.: June 24 through Aug. 22; Aug. 19-22
  • Northeast Tacoma Elementary, 5412 29th St. N.E.: June 24 through July 25; Aug. 19-22
  • Reed Elementary, 1802 S. 36th St.: June 24 through July 31, Aug. 12-22
  • Stafford Elementary, 1615 S. 92nd St.: June 24 through July 25; Aug. 19-22
  • Whitman Elementary, 1120 S. 39th St.: July 8 through Aug. 1; Aug. 19-22
  • Baker Middle School, 8001 S. J St.: July 1-31; Aug. 19-22
  • First Creek Middle School, 1801 E. 56th St.: June 24 through Aug. 1; Aug. 19-22
  • Giaudrone Middle School, 4902 S. Alaska St.: July 1-25; Aug. 19-22
  • Gray Middle School, 6229 S. Tyler St.: July 8 through Aug. 25
  • Jason Lee Middle School, 602 N. Sprague Ave.: July 8 through Aug. 1; Aug. 19-22
  • Stewart Middle School, 5010 S. Pacific Ave.: July 8 through Aug. 1; Aug. 19-22
  • Truman Middle School, 5801 N. 35th St.: June 25 through July 25; Aug. 19-22
  • Mount Tahoma High School, 4634 S. 74th St.: June 24 through Aug. 12; Aug. 26-29

The following additional sites are only open for the Free Summer Meal Program Aug. 19-22:

  • Birney Elementary, 1202 E. 76th St.
  • Blix, 1302 E. 38th St.
  • Boze, 1140 E. 65th St.
  • Delong, 4901 S. 14th St.
  • Downing, 2502 N. Orchard St.
  • Edison, 5830 S. Pine St.
  • Fern Hill, 8442 S. Park Ave.
  • Geiger, 7401 S. Eighth St.
  • Grant, 6501 S. 10th St.
  • Jefferson, 4302 N. 13th St.
  • Larchmont, 8601 E. B St.
  • Lister, 2106 E. 44th St.
  • Lowell, 810 Mr. Dahl Dr.
  • Lyon, 101 E. 46th St.
  • Manitou Park, 4330 S. 66th St.
  • Mann, 1002 S. 52nd St.
  • Point Defiance, 4330 N. Visscher St.
  • Roosevelt, 3550 E. Roosevelt St.
  • Sheridan, 5317 McKinley Ave.
  • Stanley, 1712 S. 17th St.
  • Wainwright, 130 Alameda Ave.
  • Whittier, 777 Elm Tree Lane

The breakfast menu each day will be cereal, breakfast crackers, 100% fruit juice, fruit and milk.

Lunch entrees until Aug. 15 are listed below. Each meal also includes a fruit and vegetables and milk.

  • Monday: Bean and cheese burrito with Mexi tots
  • Tuesday: Pizza choice
  • Wednesday: Chicken burger with French fries
  • Thursday: Peanut butter and jelly with Cheez-its

Lunch entrees for Aug. 19-22 and Aug. 26-29 are listed below. Each meal will also include an apple, carrots and milk.

  • Monday: Beef and cheese sticks
  • Tuesday: Fiesta chili lime dippers
  • Wednesday: Cheese and salsa cup with crackers
  • Thursday: Peanut butter and jelly

The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires the district and other food site sponsors to follow certain guidelines to receive federal reimbursement for meals served. The guidelines include: The entire meal must be eaten on site, no portion of the meal may be taken out of the meal serving area and adults may not eat any portion of a child's meal.

For a complete list of where to find free breakfast or lunches for kids near you, check out this summer meal map hosted by the United Way Pierce County or call South Sound 2-1-1 by simplly dialing 2-1-1. The schedule and menu are subject to change.

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In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulation and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, 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 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 Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USADA 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 Ave. SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2)    Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)    Email: program.intake@usda.gov