Record number of public schools offering free meals

LIHUE — The Hawaii State Department of Education on Monday announced 71 public schools will serve meals through its summer food service program, Seamless Summer Option.

“The Department is excited to see an increase in the number of schools that have stepped up to feed our keiki this summer. This is typically a period of time where our most vulnerable students do not have access to services that they normally would during the school year,” said Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent, Office of School Facilities and Support Services. “Our hope is that more students will enjoy a free meal, simply by stopping by one of our participating schools.”

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 younger.

Meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday, except June 11 (King Kamehameha Day) and July 4 (Independence Day). Parents are encouraged to call their child’s school directly to find out the specific times for meal service.

Kauai schools involved are Kapaa Elementary, Kekaha Elementary and King Kaumualii.

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