The partnership includes YMCA Honolulu, Parents and Children Together, Palama Settlement, Aloha Harvest, Kapiolani Community College, Hawaii Appleseed Center and Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs.
“On a typical school day, about 61,000 economically disadvantaged Hawaii students benefit from free or reduced-price school meals,” a statement from Hawaii Appleseed said. “For many, these are the only nutritious meals that they eat regularly.”
Dates of service at the above community sites may be extended “depending upon DOE announcement of further school closures and funding availability.”
The Hawaii Department of Education began offering grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meal service this week at 38 school sites across the islands, including Honolulu, Maui, Kauai and Big Island. Public schools are closed until at least April 7 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. UPDATE: The DOE announced Tuesday afternoon schools will now be closed through April 30.
Some are worried the DOE-distributed free breakfasts and meals aren’t enough. On Tuesday morning, House Rep. Amy Perruso posted on her Facebook page that Leilehua High in Wahiawa “looked like it was going to run out of food for the second day in a row.”
“We know we have kids in Lakeview Circle and Whitmore who will not be able to walk in rain for school meal,” she wrote. “We need to figure out how to serve the most vulnerable.”
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