Program Description

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, educational experiences, and the opportunity to establish disirable, life-long eating habits. These programs, the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, are administered by the Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs (HCNP).

General Program Requirements

Children can receive these meals for free or at a reduced price. To qualify, households must meet annually established income guidelines.

Additional information on the program requirements can be found at this web site:

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)

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Schools must publicize information and the availability of the free and reduced price meal program each year. Parents or guardians can contact the school their child/children attend(s) for application information. A list of the Hawaii public schools can be found at this web site:

Program Contact Information

Please call the Hawaii State Department of Education, Office of Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs to ask about the School Breakfast and Lunch Program at 808-587-3600 or visit our website:
Or write to: