Why should I apply for free or reduced-price meals now if meals are free for all students?
Over the last two years, families across the country have become accustomed to their student receiving free meals at school through the USDA Pandemic Flexibilities Act; however, the USDA waivers expire on June 30. When we return to school on August 3, 2022, students will be charged based on their APPROVED meal category for each breakfast and lunch. The USDA allows a student’s APPROVED free or reduced-price eligibility to carry over from the previous school year, but only for the first 30 days of the new school year. This 30-day period provides coverage while parents complete and submit new meal applications for their students for the new school year. To ensure that all families that may qualify for assistance receive free or reduced-price meals to close out this school year and start the next, we recommend all families file an application now and then again for the 2022-2023 school year.
Will I have to apply again for the 2022-2023 school year?
Yes. Families are required to apply each school year for free or reduced-price lunches. Current school year approved meal application eligibility will carryover for the first 30 days of the new school year. 2022-2023 meal applications will be available through the online portal after July 1.
How do I apply?
Applying online is best. Go to https://family.titank12.com/?identifier=TUJAZ9 to complete an application for your students who attend a Scottsdale Unified School District school. Only one application per household is necessary. Paper applications are also available at each school, upon request.
How will I be notified of my eligibility status?
We process meal applications within 10 business days. All families are notified via email or mailed letter. You can also contact Nutrition Services at 480-484-6234 if you have any questions.
Important Application Recommendation:
As mentioned, Congress did not include language or funding to support the extension of the USDA waivers that we've been operating under since the onset of the pandemic. This will bring about many changes to how we operate, beginning on July 1. The biggest transition will be going back to charging students for meals. We recommend applying for free or reduced-price lunches now, to provide that carryover coverage for the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year. Families will have to reapply next school year, as well.
Supply Chain Issues Create Last-Minute Menu Adjustments
Customer service is the number one priority of Nutrition Services. We know how important a healthy, well-balanced meal is to the ability for a student to focus, learn and achieve. Unfortunately, a labor shortage and supply chain issues have made it increasingly more difficult to deliver all menu items to all schools, often resulting in last-minute substitutions.
Through it all, the SUSD Nutrition Services Team, “Team Awesome,” has remained flexible, dedicated, customer-focused and solutions-oriented to ensure healthy and appealing meals are served with a smile. While some menu changes are unavoidable, we are committed to serving meals that are as close to our intended menu options as possible and that continue to meet and exceed USDA nutrition standards.
We appreciate everyone's understanding. You may not see it, but behind the scenes, there is a team of people who take great pride in supporting our learners. So much is being done to ensure that their needs are met, and our standards remain high.