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Farm to School to SchoolThe goal of the Farm to School Initiative is to address the supply and demand issues surrounding the purchasing of local food for our State school cafeterias. The Initiative also aims to systematically increase state purchasing of local food for our school menus as well as connect our keiki with the aina through their food, using products from the local agricultural community.
Student Health Resources Health ResourcesThe Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs (HCNP) office works with schools and childcare centers statewide to ensure that Hawaii’s children receive nutritious and satisfying meals through federally funded nutrition programs. HCNP provides education and resources, training and technical assistance, and oversight and guidance to our program partners to help them meet federal standards in nutrition and wellness.
Nutritional Guidelines GuidelinesChildren who eat school lunches are more likely to consume milk, meats, grains and vegetables than students who bring lunch from home. They also tend to have higher nutrient intakes — both at lunch and over the course of an entire day. We make it a priority to ensure students get nutritious meals that fuel learning and physical activities. The Department serves more than 100,000 meals daily during the school year.
Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program and Reduced Price Lunch ProgramThe National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program is administered locally by the Department's School Food Services Branch.
Health & Nutrition Education Guidelines & Nutrition Education GuidelinesMore detail on the Department's Hawaii Content & Performance Standards for Health can be found here.
Free meal program to expand to 52 public schools total on six islands meal program to expand to 52 public schools total on six islandsThis upcoming school year, HIDOE will expand a USDA free meal program, called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), from 30 public schools to a total of 52 across the state. The CEP program allows a school district, a group of schools or a single school to serve free meals to all students even if they do not qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch reimbursements.
Public schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and younger schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and youngerSeamless Summer Option (SSO) is a federal program that supports children with food service when the school system is out for the regular school year. Most schools are serving breakfast and lunch. Call your nearest school for service times.
Income qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2016-17 qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2016-17The Hawaii State Department of Education releases the annual income requirements for families to apply for free or reduced meal prices.
Education Board approves school meal price increase Board approves school meal price increaseThe new meal prices mark the first increase since 2011 and help account for inflation and labor costs.
Nutrition Standards explained Standards explainedThe Department's Nutrition Standards are in compliance with federal regulations and benchmarks. Provides an explanation of the kind of foods and beverages that are available to children at our public schools.
Summer food service program helps fill hunger gap food service program helps fill hunger gapSchools, nonprofit groups and agencies can apply to serve summer meals. ​The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers the Summer Food Service Program to help feed students over the summer break.
Department announces 2014 summer food service program announces 2014 summer food service programThe Department is announcing its locations for the summer food service program, Seamless Summer Option (SSO). Beginning in early June, the SSO will be available at 59 public schools without charge to all children 18 years and under. Meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday (except June 11 and July 4).

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