Kamehameha Schools’ Kapalama campus is distributing free meals around the community in partnership with local nonprofits to keep families fed during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release on Thursday.

Campus dining staff at the Oahu campus of Kamehameha Schools is delivering on average 1,500 meals to a different remote site — with the goal of providing up to 8,000 meals per week on Oahu alone. The school has plans to expand to neighbor islands soon.

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Kamehameha Schools’ Kapalama campus and community engagement and resources staff set up a grab and go meals distribution. Courtesy: Kamehameha Schools

“There are a lot of children, including some of our own Kamehameha students, who depend on the meals provided during the school day,” KS Kapalama Head of Schools Taran Chun said in a statement. “With so many school closures in effect, some families are trying to figure out how to feed their keiki.”

The campus is working with nonprofits such as Kokua Kalihi Valley, which provides health support services to families in Kalihi Valley, to distribute meals.

According to a statement, KS is continuing the meals distribution until at least the end of the school year, which is May 22.

The Hawaii Department of Education and other community groups are also providing pre-packed breakfast and lunches free of charge in grab-and-go fashion. Hawaii DOE Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said last week the DOE has distributed 360,000 such meals so far.

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