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Meals are Free and to Grab-and-Go Return to Public Schools This Fall

Meals are Free to Grab-and-Go


More than 200 public schools will receive free grab-and-go meals through December 18th. The Hawaii Department of Education just announced.


Regardless of whether or not they are enrolling at the distribution site, the free meals are available for children ages 18 and younger. They are for public school students or are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program.


The Program was Successful Over the Summer, Filling a Critical Need


“We are happy to be starting up this program again. It has proved extremely successful over the summer, and we know it helps to fill a critical need in our communities,” Deputy Superintendent Phyllis Unebasami said. “Consistent daily nutrition is so important for the continuing growth and development of our keiki, especially during these challenging times.”


Meal distribution take place during lunchtime. The meals include one lunch for that day. One breakfast for the following day, per child. The distribution will be from Monday through Friday and excludes holidays and designated school breaks.


Verification Documents


Parents and guardians may pick up meals without children present, but they must show one of the following verification documents including an official letter or email from school listing children enrolled.


In addition, other documents include recent student report cards, attendance records from parent portals of the school website, birth certificates of children, student ID cards, driver’s permits/licenses for high school students, and state-issued identification for the child.


Parents and guardians may pick up meals without children present, but they must show one of the following verification documents:

  • Official letter or email from school listing children enrolled
  • Recent student report cards
  • Attendance records from parent portals of school websites
  • Birth certificates of children
  • Student ID cards
  • Driver’s permits/licenses for high school students
  • State-issued identification for the child


For prescribed meal modifications, email specialdiets@k12.hi.us or call (808) 784-5500.

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