Despite school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, students can still count on their districts to serve up breakfast and lunch. Arizona 360 saw firsthand Southern Arizona’s largest school district, the Tucson Unified School District, is distributing thousands of meals daily through its Grab-and-Go Mobilized Meals program.
To prevent large gatherings at schools, TUSD buses make deliveries at 113 locations along 12 routes between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents or guardians must arrive with each child who will receive a meal because of federal requirements that say the child must be present, according to TUSD food services coordinator Lindsey Aguilar. During the program’s first three days the district distributed more than 21,000 meals.