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There is a free lunch - for TUSD students this summer

Tucson Unified School District will provide students with free meals over the summer.

Students aged 2-18 who live in designated areas will be eligible for free breakfasts and lunches May 28-July 26, according to TUSD spokeswoman Cara Rene. Students do not have to be enrolled in summer classes to receive the meals.

Over the summer, about 125,000 breakfasts and 160,000 lunches will be served at 67 locations stretching across Tucson's largest school district, mostly neighborhood schools. The meals will be paid for by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Arizona Department of Education.

"It doesn't come out of our budget in any way. It's a fully federally program," Rene said. "They are like this all over the country to ensure that kids who are on the free and reduced meals programs, which 70 percent of our students are, still have nutritious meals during the summer when school is out."

Students may find the locations, hours of operation and more for the summer meals program on the TUSD Food Services website.

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