School meals will be free for all students for the remainder of the school year at six Maui schools that are now eligible for a federal food program aimed to serve students who attend schools in high-poverty areas.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) to qualify the schools for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, effective Feb. 1. The CEP program enables schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer free, nutritious school meals to all students through the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program without collecting school meal applications and regardless of household income.
In the aftermath of the Maui wildfires and the impact on families' housing and income situations, the HIDOE requested and was approved to use a waiver to allow schools on Maui to elect mid-year CEP participation and recalculate the required formula to reflect the current school population.
The six schools are:
- King Kamehameha III Elementary
- Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary
- Lāhainā Intermediate
- Lāhaināluna High
- Kīhei Elementary
- Kula Elementary
Prior to CEP eligibility, the Department had secured private philanthropic support to provide free school meals to all students, and staff in need, at the four Lāhainā schools.
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