Free Grab-and-Go meals program launching at 203 public schools this fall


UPDATE: The Grab-and-Go school meals program providing free meals to children ages 18 and younger at 203 public schools has been extended through Jun. 30, 2021.

UPDATE (12/14/20): The Grab-and-Go school meals program has been extended through Jun. 30, 2021.

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The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) Grab-and-Go school meals program has been extended at 203 public schools. The program will now run from Monday, Oct. 12, through Jun. 30, 2021 and will continue to provide free meals to children ages 18 and younger. The meals are available to children regardless of whether or not they are enrolled at the distribution site, are public school students, or are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program.

"We are excited to be starting up this program again, as it proved extremely successful over the summer, and we know it helps to fill a critical need in our communities. Consistent daily nutrition is so important for the continued growth and development of our keiki, especially during these challenging times," Deputy Superintendent Phyllis Unebasami said. "We encourage parents to keep their keiki's health a priority and to visit the nearest participating school for pick-ups."

Unlike during the summer, meal distribution will be at lunchtime only. Please contact your school for meal serving times.

Pick-ups will include one lunch for that day and one breakfast for the following, day per child. Distribution will be available Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and designated school breaks, at drive-thru lines at the campuses listed below and walk-up lines where possible. Dine-in options will not be offered.

Meals may be picked up without children present but parents and guardians must provide one of the following verification documents:

  • Official letter or email from school listing child(ren) enrolled.
  • Recent student report card(s).
  • Attendance record(s) from parent portals of school websites.
  • Birth certificate(s) of child(ren).
  • Student ID card(s).
  • Driver’s permit(s)/license(s) for high school students.
  • State-issued identification for the child.

Social distancing is required and masks must be worn at all times. There will be no personal interaction between serving staff and the community. All meals will be placed in to-go containers. 

Families have the option visit their nearest participating school to ensure that sites can prepare the appropriate number of meals consistently each day to prevent shortages or waste. Only one meal pick up will be allowed per child per day at these locations. Parents may contact the school of their choice for more details. Meals at other schools not listed for the Grab-and-Go program will be distributed on normal schedules and pricing rates.

This program is made possible through U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding, which provided nationwide waivers for the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to extend free meals to children through December at schools meeting USDA requirements for free and reduced-price meal populations. Using the same SSO funding, HIDOE provided over 1.3 million free Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch meals at nearly 80 public schools and community locations from March 23–July 17, 2020.

For prescribed meal modifications, send an email to or call (808) 784-5500. Participating Schools are listed below:

​Honolulu District

  • Ala Wai El.
  • Aliiolani El.
  • Anuenue School
  • Central Middle
  • Dole Middle
  • Farrington High
  • Fern El.
  • Hokulani El.
  • Jarrett Middle
  • Jefferson El.
  • Kaahumanu El.
  • Kaewai El.
  • Kaimuki High
  • Kaiulani El.
  • Kalakaua Middle
  • Kalihi El.
  • Kalihi Kai El.
  • Kalihi Uka El.
  • Kalihi Waena El.
  • Kapalama El.
  • Kauluwela El.
  • Kawananakoa Middle
  • Kuhio El.
  • Lanakila El.
  • Likelike El.
  • Linapuni El.
  • Lincoln El. 
  • Lunalilo El.
  • Maemae El.
  • McKinley High
  • Palolo El.
  • Pauoa El.
  • Puuhale El.
  • Roosevelt High
  • Royal School
  • Stevenson Middle
  • Washington Middle

Central Oahu District

  • Aiea El.
  • Aiea High
  • Aiea Inter.
  • Haleiwa El.
  • Helemano El.
  • Iliahi El.
  • Inouye El.
  • Kaala El.
  • Kipapa El. 
  • Leilehua High 
  • Makalapa El.
  • Mililani High
  • Mililani Middle
  • Pearl Harbor El.
  • Pearl Ridge El.
  • Salt Lake El. 
  • Scott El.
  • Solomon El.
  • Wahiawa El.
  • Wahiawa Middle
  • Waialua High & Inter. 
  • Waimalu El.
  • Webling El. 
  • Wheeler El.
  • Wheeler Inter.

​Windward Oahu District

  • Hauula El.
  • Heeia El.
  • Kaaawa El.
  • Kahaluu El.
  • Kahuku El.
  • Kahuku High & Inter.
  • Kailua El.
  • Kailua High 
  • Kailua Inter.
  • Kapunahala El.
  • Keolu El.
  • King Inter.
  • Laie El.
  • Parker El.
  • Pope El.
  • Puohala El.
  • Sunset Beach El.
  • Waiahole El.
  • Waimanalo Elem & Inter.

​Leeward Oahu District

  • August Ahrens El.
  • Barbers Point El. 
  • Campbell High
  • Ewa El.
  • Ewa Makai Middle
  • Highlands Inter.
  • Holomua  El.
  • Honouliuli Middle
  • Honowai El. 
  • Hookele El.
  • Ilima Inter.
  • Kaimiloa El.
  • Kaleiopuu El.
  • Kapolei El. (Starts Oct. 21)
  • Kapolei High
  • Kapolei Middle 
  • Lehua El.
  • Leihoku El.
  • Maili El.
  • Makaha El.
  • Makakilo El. (Starts Oct. 21)
  • Mauka Lani El. (Starts Oct. 21)
  • Nanaikapono El.
  • Nanakuli El.
  • Nanakuli High & Inter.
  • Pearl City El.
  • Pearl City High 
  • Pohakea El.
  • Waianae El.
  • Waianae High 
  • Waianae Inter. 
  • Waiau El.
  • Waikele El.
  • Waipahu El.
  • Waipahu High 
  • Waipahu Inter.

​Kauai District

  • Eleele El.
  • Kamakahelei Middle
  • Kapaa El.
  • Kapaa High
  • Kapaa Middle
  • Kauai High
  • Kaumualii El.
  • Kekaha El.
  • Kilauea El.
  • Koloa El.
  • Waimea Canyon Middle
  • Waimea High
  • Wilcox El.

​Maui District

  • Baldwin High
  • Haiku El.
  • Hana El. & High 
  • Iao El.
  • Kahului El. 
  • Kalama Inter. 
  • Kamalii El.
  • Kamehameha III El. 
  • Kaunakakai El.
  • Kekaulike High
  • Kihei El. 
  • Kilohana El.
  • Kula El.
  • Lahaina Inter. 
  • Lahainaluna High 
  • Lanai El. & High
  • Lihikai El.
  • Lokelani Inter. 
  • Makawao El.
  • Maui High 
  • Maui Waena Inter.
  • Maunaloa El.
  • Molokai High
  • Molokai Inter.
  • Nahienaena El.
  • Paia El.
  • Pukalani El.
  • Puu Kukui El.
  • Waihee El.
  • Wailuku El.

​Hawaii District

  • E.B. de Silva El.
  • Haaheo El.
  • Hilo High
  • Hilo Inter.
  • Hilo Union School 
  • Holualoa El. 
  • Honaunau El.
  • Honokaa El.
  • Honokaa High & Inter.
  • Hookena El.
  • Kahakai El.
  • Kalanianaole Elem. & Inter.
  • Kapiolani El.
  • Kau High & Pahala Elem.
  • Kaumana El.
  • Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino
  • Keaau El. 
  • Keaau High
  • Keaau Middle
  • Kealakehe El.
  • Kealakehe High
  • Kealakehe Inter.
  • Keaukaha El.
  • Keonepoko El.
  • Kohala El.
  • Kohala High
  • Kohala Middle
  • Konawaena El.
  • Konawaena High
  • Konawaena Middle
  • Mountain View El.
  • Naalehu El. & Inter.
  • Paauilo El. & Inter.
  • Pahoa El.
  • Pahoa High & Inter.
  • Waiakea El.
  • Waiakea High
  • Waiakea Inter.
  • Waiakeawaena El.
  • Waikoloa El.
  • Waimea El.

Contact Information

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Phone: (808) 784-6200



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