HIDOE encourages school breakfast participation


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and students can take advantage of eating at school before classes start to be better prepared for a day of learning.

​​HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) encourages parents and guardians to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) School Breakfast Program to help students start the day off better prepared for learning. All 256 of Hawaii’s public schools participate in the USDA breakfast program.

Studies show eating breakfast at school helps improve children’s academic performance. 

“For many of our families there is a rush to get out the door in the morning. Our schools can help provide that important morning meal,”said Office of School Facilities and Support Services Assistant Superintendent Dann Carlson. 

The cost for school breakfast is $1.10 for grades K-8, $1.20 for grades 9-12. School lunch, which is also offered, costs $2.50 for grades K-8; $2.75 for grades 9-12.

The Department's School Food Services Branch has a website that will provide families with the option to submit applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits online. The online program will walk parents and guardians through an easy step-by-step application process. Schools will continue to forward eligibility notifications to households.​​

About USDA programs​

USDA prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Persons with disabilities, who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.​


Contact Information

Communications Branch

Phone: (808) 784-6200

Email: doeinfo@k12.hi.us


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