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Hawaii School Breakfast and Lunch Program

Meal programs (breakfast and lunch), under the provisions and guidance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are provided in public and some private schools in Hawaii. The purposes of these programs are to provide low cost nutritious meals, educatio...

What is Hawaii School Breakfast and Lunch Program?

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides cash assistance to states to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition service administers the SBP at the Federal level. State education agencies administer the SBP at the state level, and local school food authorities operate the program in schools.

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.


Program Requirements

For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Hawaii.

Income eligibility guidelines are used to determine eligibility for free and reduced priced meals or free milk.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $25,826
2 $35,020
3 $44,215
4 $53,410
5 $62,604
6 $71,798
7 $80,993
8 $90,188

*For households with more than eight people, add $9,194 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

If you are earning at or below current Income Eligibility Guidelines, we encourage you to contact your school to fill out a school meal application. The school or local education agency will process your application and issue an eligibility determination.

If you are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, your child automatically qualifies for free school meals. If you are eligible for unemployment compensation, you might also be eligible for free or reduced price school meals.

Because many programs offer services to families that may qualify them under other local criteria, we strongly recommend you contact the program in your community for more information and guidance.


Application Details

What is the application process for Hawaii School Breakfast and Lunch Program?

Schools send school meal applications home at the beginning of each school year. However, you may apply for school meals at any time throughout the school year by submitting a household application directly to your school. Your school will provide you with an application upon request.

Contact your state's agency to participate.


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