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Posted: September 9, 2020

Grab and Go Meals

Families can either pick up 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from select sites. Families can also pick up a week's worth of meals on Mondays. The schedule will be adjusted when the holidays fall on the same day as meal pick-ups.

A week's worth of meals

A week's worth of meals

Guidelines for Families

  1. Grab and Go meals are available to anyone 18 years of age and under.
  2. Tickets are no longer required to pick up meals.
  3. Students do not need to be present, but they are always welcomed.
  4. APS asks families to wear a face-covering when picking up meals, like a homemade mask or a scarf. Face coverings are not required, and families without face coverings may still pick up meals.
  5. APS requests that you do not bring animals to the Grab and Go sites, including in your cars.

Meal Sites

Map to Grab-and-Go Meal Sites

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2020-2021 Meal Assistance Eligibility

During distance learning, APS will provide grab and go lunches at no charge to students who qualify or who attend any of the Community Eligibility Provision Schools. Distribution times and sites are yet to be determined.

Pandemic Benefit Transfer Program

Families will need to fill out the application again after July 1 for the 2020-2021 school year.

New Mexico families with children who receive free or reduced-price meals can receive additional food benefits through the federal Pandemic Benefit Transfer Program. Qualified families will receive benefits of $5.70 per child/per day for the 70-day period from March 16, when public schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through June 19.

Families will receive Pandemic-EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards, used like debit cards to buy groceries. The benefit will be deposited directly to existing EBT cards for families already receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits.

The program will also benefit families that did not previously qualify for free or reduced-price meals but may now be eligible due to changes in their household’s circumstances as a result of the restrictions implemented for non-essential businesses because of the COVID-19 response.

Those families should fill out a Free and Reduced Price School Meal Application online. If determined eligible, their children will receive Pandemic-EBT, and the benefit will be issued for the month determined eligible through June.

Apply For Free and Reduced-Price Meals If You Attend These Schools

Families will need to fill out the Free and Reduced Price School Meal Application if they attend any of the following elementary, middle, high, and magnet schools.

They must apply and learn if they will be eligible for meals at reduced or no cost.

Eligible Elementary Schools

  • 7-Bar
  • A. Montoya
  • Arroyo Del Oso
  • Bandelier
  • Chamiza
  • Coronado
  • Corrales
  • Dennis Chavez
  • Double Eagle
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Hubert Humphrey
  • John Baker
  • Marie Hughes
  • Monte Vista
  • North Star
  • Osuna
  • Onate
  • Petroglyph
  • S.Y. Jackson
  • San Antonito
  • Sandia Base
  • Sierra Vista
  • Sunset View
  • Tierra Antigua
  • Ventana Ranch
  • Zia

Eligible Middle Schools

  • Desert Ridge
  • Eisenhower
  • Hoover
  • James Monroe
  • Jefferson
  • L.B. Johnson
  • Madison
  • Roosevelt
  • Tony Hillerman

Eligible High Schools

  • Albuquerque High
  • Cibola
  • Eldorado
  • La Cueva
  • Manzano
  • Sandia
  • Valley
  • Volcano Vista

Eligible Magnet Schools

  • Aztec Complex
  • College and Career High
  • Early College Academy High
  • eCADEMY K-8
  • eCADEMY High
  • Nex+Gen High

Community Eligibility Provision Schools (No Need to Submit an Application)

Students who attend all other APS schools, identified as Community Eligibility Provision Schools, are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch at no charge.

Families at Community Eligibility Provision Schools do not need to apply for free and reduced-price school meals.

Who May Qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Students who don't attend one of these Community Eligibility Provision schools may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals if:

If Your Child Doesn't Qualify

For students who don't qualify, online prepayments for meals can be made at MySchoolBucks. There is a small fee associated with this service. More information is available on the APS Food and Nutrition Services website.

Free and Reduced Price School Meal Application

The online application provides easy, step-by-step directions in English and Spanish.

Apply for Free and Reduced Price School Meals

Application Directions

  • Only one application is needed per family, even if children attend different APS schools.
  • Applications must be filled out every year. Families are encouraged to complete the application by mid-September.
  • Call (505) 345-5661 ext. 38206 for more information or assistance.

Paper applications are available at APS Food and Nutrition Services, 800 Louisiana Blvd NE, between 7 am – 3 pm Monday through Friday. 

Note: Families can also apply through the APS breakfast and lunch menu mobile app, YumYummi, which you can download from Google Play or iTunes App Store.

APS Food and Nutrition Services provides complete meals to all students; no child is ever denied regardless of eligibility. We accept monetary donations to help cover the cost for students in need. 

Call 345-5661, extension 38209, for more information and to make donations. 

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