3 sites for ‘Grab-and-Go’ lunches

LIHU‘E — There will be three sites on Kaua‘i where the Grab-and-Go Meals will be available, starting Monday, according to a state Department of Education release.

Waimea High School, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and Kapa‘a High School are among the 38 Hawai‘i public schools providing breakfast and lunch to children who are 18 years or younger.

The youngsters will be able to stop by any of the designated schools to pick up a meal — either breakfast served from 7:30 to 8 a.m. or lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Adults who come to pick up a meal must be accompanied by their child.

“We realize that the extension of spring break for our keiki will cause disruption to our meal services,” said state Department of Education Kaua‘i Complex Area Superintendent William “Bill” Arakaki. “Three of our Kaua‘i Complex Area schools have been designated to provide free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for children 18 or younger from public, charter, private and home schools.”

There will be no meals served on Thursday, March 26, Prince Kuhio Day.

For food safety, the breakfast meal must be consumed by 10 a.m., and the lunch meal must be consumed by 2 p.m.

There will be no personal interaction between DOE employees and the community. All meals will be placed in containers and located outside of the cafeteria. There will be no access to the cafeteria.

The DOE is implementing the seamless summer option program a few months earlier than scheduled, as approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Hawai‘i Child Nutrition Programs.

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Dennis Fujimoto, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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