The Hawaii State Department of Education announced on Thursday 63 public schools that will serve meals through its summer food service program, Seamless Summer Option. Seventeen of the participating schools are on Hawai`i Island.
Beginning Thursday, the SSO program will be available at public schools around the state free of charge to all children 18 years and under. Meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday, except June 12 and July 4. Most schools will serve breakfast and lunch.
SSO is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer. An eligible school must have 50 percent or more of its regular enrolled students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches and some type of summer program on campus. However, meal recipients do not have to be enrolled in those classes to be served.
“Economically disadvantaged students often come to school hungry and rely on programs like the Department’s Free and Reduced Price Lunch, which is why we continue to offer support during the summer months that would otherwise be a gap period,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “In addition to serving their own students, these schools are also offering meals to other children in the community and we thank them for their support as well as the USDA whose funding is so critical for this program.”
The participating Hawai`i Island school are:
- Hilo High
- Honokaa High & Intermediate
- Kau High & Pahala Elementary
- Ke Kula o Nawahi PCS
- Keaau Elementary
- Keaau High
- Keaau Middle
- Kealakehe High
- Keaukaha Elementary
- Kohala Elementary
- Kohala High
- Kohala Middle
- Mountain View Elementary
- Naalehu Elementary
- Waiakea High
- Waiakea Intermediate
- Waimea Elementary
View the full list of participating schools state-wide here. Parents are advised to call their child’s school directly if the start and end dates for the program aren’t listed, and to find out the specific times for meal service.
The Seamless Summer Option is an equal opportunity provider. For more information click here.
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