Student Health Resources

The 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.

​​School Breakfast Program

To meet the challenges of the day, schools are able to provide children with an energy-packed meal through the School Breakfast Program. Functioning in the same manner as the school lunch program, meals at breakfast provide a healthy jumpstart for the day. Breakfast meals cost $1 for students in kindergarten through grade 8, and $1.10 for high schoolers. Free or reduced-price (30 cents) breakfast is available to eligible children so that no child is left hungry and he/she can concentrate in the classroom.

National School Lunch Program

To ensure that children are able to grow strong and healthy, the National School Lunch Program was established to provide nutritionally balanced school lunch meals at a low cost for children each school day. School lunch costs $2.25 for students in kindergarten through grade 8, and $2.50 for high schoolers. Eligible children may also receive meals at a reduced or free price. The federal government partially reimburses schools for meals that comply with nutritional standards set by the USDA. NSLP operates in Hawaii ​​public schools, public charter schools, nonprofit private schools, and residential child care facilities.

Afterschool Snack Program

The National School Lunch Program also offers cash reimbursements to help schools serve nutritious snacks to children during afterschool activities. To be eligible, afterschool programs must provide children with regularly scheduled education or enrichment activities within a supervised environment.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Offered to eligible elementary schools to provide kids with fresh fruit and vegetable snacks throughout the school day to increase student consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables to impact their present and future health.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

A federally-aided program designed to improve the quality of meals outside the school environment. This program provides adult and child day care centers and emergency shelters a means to serve nutritious meals and snacks in the same manner as the National School Lunch Program.

Summer Food Service Program

During the school year, nutritious meals are available through the NSLP and SBP — however, those programs end when the school year ends for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program is a federal resource program available to those schools and other facilities that combine a feeding program with a summer activity program such as Summer Fun or Summer School.

Special Milk Program

Milk is essential for growth and a great source of nutrients. The Special Milk Program (SMP) ensures even children in schools and childcare institutions that don’t participate in other federal meal service programs get a serving of milk. SMP provides this through reimbursements to eligible schools and institutions.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

​Farm to School Coordina​​tor

In 2015, Robin Pfahl was named as Hawaii's first F2S coordinator, housed in the Department of Agriculture. Pfahl is a local food policy advocate and procurement policy specialist wielding agricultural business and law degrees to facilitate increased connections between Hawaiian farms, community resources, and keiki health. The Farm to School Coordinator is tasked with establishing and implementing a farm to school (“F2S”) program per Act 218 (SLH 2015), coordinating various public and private stakeholders, and address the issues of supply, demand, procurement, and consumption of Hawaiʻi-grown foods in state facilities, primarily educational facilities, and take reasonable steps to incorporate more agricultural and nutritional education in schools.​ Pfahl can be reached here:​

Contact Information

Sue Uyehara

Phone: 808-587-3600


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