The Hawaii State Department of Education has announced its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Copies of the policy are available at public schools.
Children from households with income at or below the levels on the chart are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
For example, a family of four with a yearly income of $35,659 or lower is eligible for free meals. That same family of four with a yearly income of $50,746 or lower is eligible for reduced-price meals.
Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians.
To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households should fill out one application and return it to the school where the child is enrolled or complete an online application via ezmealapp.com.
Applications for the current school year (2014-2015) are now being accepted. The application information will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by the school or other program officials.
For DOE officials to determine eligibility, households receiving SNAP or TANF must list the child's name, date of birth, grade, school code and their SNAP or TANF case number and the signature and name of an adult household member.
Households not receiving SNAP or TANF must list the following: 1) the names of everyone in the household; 2) the amount of income received by each person, how often the income is received and the source of the income; 3) the name and social security number of either parent/guardian who is the primary wage earner or the adult household member who signs the form or the word "none" if neither adult household member has a social security number; and 4) the signature of an adult household member.
Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price policy, the DOE will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewing official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request for a hearing on the decision in writing to:
Name of Hearing Official: Glenna Owens, SFA Director
Address: 1106 Koko Head Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone Number: (808) 733-8414 or toll-free 1-800-441-4845
In certain cases foster children are also eligible for school meal benefits. If a household has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for them, the household should contact the school for more information.
The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used only for purposes of determining eligibility and verifying data.