68 Hawaii schools to offer free meals to children over summer

68 Hawaii schools to offer free meals to children over summer

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Education will offer free meals to those 18 and under through the summer.

The DOE announced Friday that 68 public schools across the state will be offering free meals starting in early June. You can see the full list of schools and the starting dates here.

Most schools will be serving both breakfast and lunch. Children do not have to be enrolled in any summer programs or classes to receive the meals.

"Summer is a time that can be a gap period where some students miss out on meals," said Dann Carlson, assistant of the Office of School Facilities and Support Services. "We are grateful that so many schools stepped forward this year to participate in the program and provide their students and other children the opportunity to receive meals."

The free meals come courtesy of a federally-funded summer food program called Seamless Summer Option.

The 68 schools in Hawaii were eligible for the program because 50 percent or more of their enrolled students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and have a summer program.

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