Community Eligibility Provision Pilot Program
Hawaii public schools are piloting a food program to provide free meals to all students at select campuses, charter schools included.
In the 2016-17 school year, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) will expand a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program from seven public schools to 30, which will allow all students at those schools to receive free meal service. The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows a school district, a group of schools or a single school to serve free meals to everyone even if they do not qualify for the free or reduced lunch reimbursement.
Students who attend schools that are not in the pilot program can apply for free or reduced lunch through the National School Lunch Program.
- Students: Access to free nutritious meals for all students, no stigma, and less time spent in cashier lines and more time to eat nutritious meals
- Parents/Administrators: No more worrying about individual student accounts and no collection of money
- School staff: Streamlined meal service operation and more time for students to consume their food
* denotes schools that participated in the 2015-16 pilot program
** denotes schools in the program since 2014-15 (all charter schools)