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Free Grab-and-Go meals program extended through Jun. 30, 2021 at public schools

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The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) Grab-and-Go school meals program has been extended at public schools through Jun. 30, 2021 and will continue to provide free meals to children ages 18 and younger. The meals are available to children regardless of whether or not they are enrolled at the distribution site, are public school students, or are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program.

Meal distribution will continue at lunchtime only. Please contact your school for meal serving times. Click here for a program flyer.

Pick-ups will include one lunch for that day and one breakfast for the following, day per child. Distribution will be available Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and designated school breaks, at drive-thru lines at the campuses listed below and walk-up lines where possible. Dine-in options will not be offered.

Meals may be picked up without children present but parents and guardians must provide one of the following verification documents:

  • Official letter or email from school listing child(ren) enrolled.
  • Recent student report card(s).
  • Attendance record(s) from parent portals of school websites.
  • Birth certificate(s) of child(ren).
  • Student ID card(s).
  • Driver’s permit(s)/license(s) for high school students.
  • State-issued identification for the child.

Social distancing is required and masks must be worn at all times. There will be no personal interaction between serving staff and the community. All meals will be placed in to-go containers. 
Families have the option visit their nearest participating school to ensure that sites can prepare the appropriate number of meals consistently each day to prevent shortages or waste. Only one meal pick up will be allowed per child per day at these locations. Parents may contact the school of their choice for more details. Meals at other schools not listed for the Grab-and-Go program will be distributed on normal schedules and pricing rates.

This program is made possible through U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding, which provided nationwide waivers for the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to extend free meals to children through December at schools meeting USDA requirements for free and reduced-price meal populations. Using the same SSO funding, HIDOE provided over 1.3 million free Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch meals at nearly 80 public schools and community locations from March 23–July 17, 2020.

For prescribed meal modifications, send an email to specialdiets@k12.hi.us or call (808) 784-5500. Participating Schools are listed below:

​Hawaii District

  • E.B. de Silva El.
  • Haaheo El.
  • Hilo High
  • Hilo Inter.
  • Hilo Union School 
  • Holualoa El. 
  • Honaunau El.
  • Honokaa El.
  • Honokaa High & Inter.
  • Hookena El.
  • Kahakai El.
  • Kalanianaole Elem. & Inter.
  • Kapiolani El.
  • Kau High & Pahala Elem.
  • Kaumana El.
  • Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino
  • Keaau El. 
  • Keaau High
  • Keaau Middle
  • Kealakehe El.
  • Kealakehe High
  • Kealakehe Inter.
  • Keaukaha El.
  • Keonepoko El.
  • Kohala El.
  • Kohala High
  • Kohala Middle
  • Konawaena El.
  • Konawaena High
  • Konawaena Middle
  • Mountain View El.
  • Naalehu El. & Inter.
  • Paauilo El. & Inter.
  • Pahoa El.
  • Pahoa High & Inter.
  • Waiakea El.
  • Waiakea High
  • Waiakea Inter.
  • Waiakeawaena El.
  • Waikoloa El.
  • Waimea El.
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