Nutritious Food for Kids

One out of every four local kids faces food insecurity—and when children are hungry, they can’t learn, grow, or thrive.
Our Child Nutrition Programs focus on providing the most nutritious food possible to local kids and families. We work with schools, libraries, and other community hubs to make healthy, kid-friendly food accessible. No child should have to wonder where their next meal will come from.

School Pantries & School Markets

Getting to a food pantry across town isn’t always easy for families, so we bring fresh, healthy food to convenient community hubs like schools. School pantries and family resource centers provide easily accessible food assistance to students and their families. We support both established school pantries and pop-up school markets, which operate like farmers’ markets on school grounds. Pantries are well-stocked with non-perishable pantry staples and fresh, local produce! More than 35 school pantries are open during the school year, in six districts: Tucson Unified, Sunnyside, Flowing Wells, Amphitheater, Baboquivari and Tombstone.

Summer Breakfast

About 600,000 local kids rely on school meals as a vital source of food. What happens when school is out?
The Summer Breakfast program ensures that kids get a full, nutritious breakfast all summer long. Free meals are available to local kids up to age 18 every summer at community sites across southern Arizona.

This page will be updated when summer breakfast details are available. Please check back!

After School Snacks

Many kids come home from school to empty cabinets. Some won’t eat again until they return to school the next day. Our After School Snacks program ensures that local kids get the food they need after the school day is over.

We provide healthy, filling Super Snacks for kids up to age 18 at community sites across southern Arizona. Food is provided as part of the USDA’s federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Super Snacks include ready-to-eat meal components such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein.

LocationAddressZipNotesPhoneHours of Operation
Archer Center1665 S. La Cholla Blvd.3 pm
El Rio Neighborhood Center1390 W. Speedway Blvd.4 pm
Wednesdays 3:30 pm
Cherry Avenue Recreation Center5085 S. Cherry Ave.3 pm
Wednesdays 2:30 pm
Eckstrom-Columbus Library4350 E. 22nd St.Tuesdays & Wednesdays 3:30 pm only
Martha Cooper Library1377 N. Catalina Ave.Tuesdays 4 pm
Wednesdays 3 pm
Thursdays 3 pm
Marty Birdman Recreation Center2536 N. Castro Ave.3:30 pm
Thursdays 3 pm
Mission Library 3770 S. Mission Rd.Tuesdays 4 pm
Wednesdays 3 pm
Quincie-Douglas Library1585 E. 36th St.Wednesdays 3:30 pm
Refugee Focus55 N. 6th Ave., Suite 101Tuesday - Thursday 3:30 pm
Santa Rosa Neighborhood Center1080 S. 10th Ave.4 pm
Wednesdays 3:30 pm
Santa Rosa Library1075 S. 10th Ave.Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:15 pm
Southwest Library6855 S. Mark Rd.Wednesdays 3:30 pm
Trinity Place Apartments6240 S. Campbell Ave.3:40 pm
Valencia Library202 W. Valencia Rd.Mondays 3 pm
Tuesdays 3 pm
Wednesday 1:30-2:00 pm, 3 pm
Thursday 3 pm
Woods Memorial Library3455 N First Ave.Tuesdays 3:30 pm