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 2017-18 school year, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is again expanding a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to 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.​​​

  • 2015-16: seven schools 
  • 2016-17: 30 schools
  • 2017-18: 52 schools

Students who attend schools that are not in the pilot program can apply for free or reduced lunch​ through the National School Lunch Program.​

Program Benefits:

  • 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

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