All college students in Hawaii’s 257 public faculties will obtain free breakfast and lunch for the complete 2021-22 faculty 12 months in a transfer federal officers hope will restrict the unfold of COVID-19.
The U.S. Division of Agriculture’s nationwide exemption goals to forestall transmission of the virus by eliminating meal cost transactions at school cafeterias. Federal funds will reimburse state departments of schooling for meal prices.
“The well being and security of our haumana stays our high precedence, and as we totally reopen faculties to in-person studying, this waiver will permit for a extra environment friendly non-contact expertise for college students and our meals service crew.” Hawaii Division of Training Superintendent Christina Kishimoto mentioned in a press launch final week.
Mother and father and guardians who haven’t but bought meal credit for the upcoming faculty 12 months by way of the EZMealApp cellular app or their faculty don’t have to register. Those that have already bought meal credit prematurely can select to fund the account for the next faculty 12 months or contact their kid’s faculty to request a refund.
College students will solely obtain meals at their faculty of enrollment, with one free meal every at breakfast and lunch. Extra meals or meals objects at breakfast or lunch might be charged at a traditional price.
Mother and father can nonetheless submit their purposes without spending a dime or decreased value lunch advantages on-line utilizing EZMealApp or by going to EZMealApp.com, as this data additionally impacts eligibility for different faculty packages, akin to bus transportation and meals help from Pandemic digital profit switch.
For extra data, go to www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Group/Workplaces/FacilitiesandOperations/SchoolFoodServices/Pages/SY2021-22-student-meals-FAQs.aspx or contact the Workplace of College Meals Providers at (808) 784 -5500. For extra data on the USDA exemption, go to www.fns.usda.gov/cn/child-nutrition-response-85.