Free & Reduced Lunch Program

The Department is pleased to announce that all students at Hawai'i's 257 public schools statewide will receive free breakfast and lunch meals for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year, thanks to a nationwide waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

If you have not yet purchased meal credits for this upcoming school year via the EZ Meal App or through your school, no further action is required. If you have already purchased meal credits in advance, you may choose to leave funds in the account for the following school year or request a refund through the school.

Students will only receive meals at their school of enrollment. One meal per breakfast session and one per lunch session will be free of charge. Additional meals or meal items taken at the same session will be charged a normal rate.

Parents must continue to submit their Free and Reduced Price Lunch Meal Benefits applications online using the EZMealAPP (EZMealApp.com), or paper version, where applicable. Submitting these applications directly impacts families and other school programs, such as:

  • Bus Transportation

  • Ensuring a smooth transition for Free/Reduced lunch status for SY 2022-23. (Families will not be charged for meals during the first month of school)

  • Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) food assistance

For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions page at https://bit.ly/HISchoolMealsFAQ or contact the School Food Services Branch at (808) 784-5500. More information on the USDA waiver is available at https://bit.ly/HISchoolMeals


If you are interested in applying for the free and reduced lunch program, please click on the link below.