Income qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2016-17


The Hawaii State Department of Education releases the annual income requirements for families to apply for free or reduced meal prices.

​The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) announced on Wednesday its policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Each school has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by an interested party.

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

Effective from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017











$ 25,290


$ 2,108

$ 487



$ 60,514

$ 5,043

$ 1,164


$ 34,096

$ 2,842

$ 656



$ 69,320

$ 5,777

$ 1,334


$ 42,902

$ 3,576

$ 826



$ 78,126

$ 6,511

$ 1,503


$ 51,708

$ 4,309

$ 995



$ 86,969

$ 7,248

$ 1,673


For  each  additional person, add:

 $ 8,843

         $ 737

                  $ 171







Applications are now being accepted for the current 2016-2017 school year. Application forms are being sent home with a letter to parent/guardian. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households should submit an electronic application online at EZMEALAPP.COM or complete a paper application. The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials.

For HIDOE officials to determine eligibility, households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) must list the child's name, date of birth, grade, school code and their SNAP or TANF case number and the signature and name of an adult household member. Households not receiving SNAP or TANF must list: 1) the names of everyone in the household; 2) the amount of income received by each person, how often the income is received and the source of the income; 3) the name and last 4 digits of Social Security Number of the household’s primary wage earner or if no adult household members have a Social Security Number, leave this space blank and mark the box labeled “Check if no SSN”; 4) the signature of an adult household member.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced price policy, the DOE will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewing official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request for a hearing on the decision in writing to:
​             ​Glenna Shim, Director
             School Food Services Branch
             1106 Koko Head Avenue
             Honolulu, HI  96816

The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used only for purposes of determining eligibility and verifying data.

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Contact Information

Communications Branch

Phone: (808) 784-6200



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