The Hawai`i State Department of Education on Monday announced 68 public schools will serve meals through its summer food service program, Seamless Summer Option.
Beginning in early June, the SSO program will be available at public schools around the state free of charge to all children 18 years and under. Breakfast and lunch meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday, except June 11 (King Kamehameha Day) and July 4 (Independence Day).
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.
“Summer is a time that can be a gap period where some students miss out on meals,” said Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent, 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.”
Participating schools in Maui County include:
• Hana High & Elementary
• Kahului Elementary
• Lihikai Elementary
• Waihee Elementary
• Wailuku Elementary
• Molokai High
A full list of participating schools across the state can be reviewed here.
Schedules are subject to change at the discretion of the schools, without notice. Parents are encouraged to call their child’s school directly to find out the specific dates and times for meal service.