July 2, 2022
  • July 2, 2022

Public schools offering free lunch during the summer

By on March 11, 2021 0

Since I hated the school lunch as a kid (OK, just sometimes – I won’t lie, kalua pork and baked spaghetti were the bomb) I never thought a day would come when I would appreciate school meals, but here we are. With all that has surfaced in the news about being in debt for school lunch and shaming and refusing children to eat, it’s good to know that some schools in Maui County offer free meals for people 18 and under under A hassle-free summer option program.

“Department [of Education] is excited to see an increase in the number of schools that have taken steps to feed our keiki this summer. This is usually a period when our weakest students do not have access to services that they would normally have during the school year, ”he said. Dann Carlson, deputy superintendent in Office of School Facilities and Support Services. “Hopefully more students will enjoy the free meal just by staying at one of our participating schools.”

Wailuk, Hold on, and Elementary schools in Kaunakakai will take part in the program in Maui County. Meals will be served Monday through Friday, except June 11 (King Kamehameha Day) and July 4 (Independence Day). Interested individuals or families should contact schools directly for exact lunch times.

Single sign-on is offered by United States Department of Agriculture ensuring that low-income children continue to receive meals during the summer. Participating schools must have 50 percent or more of regularly enrolled students eligible for free or discounted lunch prices and some type of on-campus summer program. However, meals are available to any recipient over the age of 18.

Photo courtesy of HIDOE