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School Meal Program

The Department is please to announce that all students at Hawai'i's 257 public schools statewide will receive free breakfast and lunch meals for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year, thanks to the nationwide waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

If you have not yet purchased meal credits for this upcoming school year via the EZ Meal App or through your school, no further action is required.  If you have already purchased meal credits in advance, you may choose to leave funds in the account for the following school year or request a refund through the school.

Students will only receive meals at their school of enrollment.  One meal per breakfast and one per lunch session will be free of charge.  Additional meals or meal items taken at the same session will be charged a normal rate.

Parents are highly encouraged to continue to submit their Free and Reduced Price Lunch Meal Benefits applications online using the EZMealApp mobile app or at EZMealApp.com, where applicable.  Information derived from the applications directly impacts other school programs, such a bus transportation and Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food assistance.

For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions page at https://bit.ly/HISchoolMealsFAQ or contact School Food Services Branch at (808) 784-5500. More information on the USDA waiver is available at https://bit.ly/HISchoolMeals.

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Cathy Sumida

Ilima Lunch Program

(808) 687-9317

cathy.sumida@k12.hi.us