Free and reduced-price school meal applications to be sent home for upcoming school year


Application forms for free and reduced-price school meals served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program will be sent home with a letter to parents or guardians for School Year (SY) 2020-21. To apply, households should fill out the application and return it to their child's school.

[Correction: Application forms will be sent home with students in their first day of school packets. This release previously stated that the forms would be mailed home. The forms will be part of the packets and will be available at schools. Our apologies for the inconvenience. Parents and guardians of public school students can conveniently manage, monitor and pay for their child’s school meal account online at and through a mobile app. ]

Application forms for free and reduced-price school meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program will be sent home with a letter to parents or guardians for School Year (SY) 2020-21. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households should fill out the application and return it to their child's school.

The information provided on the application will be used only for purposes of determining eligibility, may be verified at any time during the school year by the school or other program officials, and will be kept confidential.

After verification, households will be notified of their child(ren)’s eligibility for free meals. If the students are members of households receiving assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), no application is required for free meal benefits. All children in these households are eligible for free meal benefits. If any child(ren) is not listed on the eligibility notice, the household should contact the school to have the free meal benefits extended to that child(ren).

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Households approved for free or reduced-price meals are not required to report changes in income status, household size, or when the household is no longer eligible for SNAP or TANF. If a household chooses to decline free meal benefits for the children, the household must contact the school.

Households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals if they are defined by law as homeless, migrant, runaway, a foster child, or are enrolled in Head Start, when that information is made known to the school,

The household size and income criteria identified below will be used for determining eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits.  Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

JULY 1, 2020 TO JUNE 30, 2021

YearlyMonthlyTwice Per 
Every Two 
WeeklyYearlyMonthlyTwice Per 
Every Two 
For each additional household member add:6,6955582792581299,528794397367184

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price policy, the Department will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians may discuss a decision on an application with the reviewing official on an informal basis. Parents or guardians may make a request for a formal appeal hearing on the decision either orally or in writing to:

Mr. Albert Scales III

School Food Program Administrator

1106 Koko Head Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96816


Nondiscrimination: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture                             

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or                

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Contact Information

School Food Services Branch

Phone: 808-784-5500



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