Community partnership will serve free meals to keiki during school closure

The community program is meant to complement Department of Education feeding sites.

UPDATED, May 4, 2020

Beginning May 5, 2020, a partnership of non-profit and government organizations will be nearly doubling the capacity of a program that is serving free healthy meals. The meals, prepared according to United States Department of Agriculture standards, will be served at 19 Oʻahu sites and one Maui site, reaching well over 2,000 children and youth per day.

Nine new sites, which will start serving both breakfast and lunch, will open at Kamaʻāina Kids preschool locations in Honolulu, Kāneʻohe, Kailua, ʻEwa and Mililani on Oʻahu, as well as in Kahului on Maui. Pālama Settlement in Kalihi will continue to be the only site serving suppers.

Parents or guardians may pick up meals without their keiki being present, provided that they present documentation that they have keiki in their household.

Since Hawaiʻi public schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this partnership has been steadily increasing its capacity to provide free meals to keiki, as a complement to the meal distribution sites that the Department of Education is operating at some 70 public schools (out of 256) across the state.

On a typical school day, nearly 65,000 economically disadvantaged Hawaiʻi students benefit from free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch. For many, these are the only nutritious meals that they eat regularly. For their families, these meals help relieve financial stress by reducing their food budgets.

During the summer, when students are not able to eat free or reduced-price meals at school, community partners work together to provide food to children and youth in low-income areas via the federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Five SFSP sponsors—Kamaʻāina Kids, YMCA of Honolulu, Parents And Children Together, Pālama Settlement, and Windward Nazarene Academy—have stepped up to provide free meals for keiki in low-income areas on Oʻahu and Maui during these unplanned school closures.

These sponsors are partnering with Aloha Harvest, Kapiʻolani Community College, Lanakila Pacific, Hawaiʻi Appleseed Center, and Hawaiʻi Child Nutrition Programs to get the meals prepared and delivered.

The following 20 sites provide free healthy grab-and-go meals to children and youth up to age 18:

View a map of the below sites here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting May 5, 2020, Tues.–Fri., 10–11:30 AM 

Kamaʻāina Kids Sites:

Alewa Heights Preschool
1052 Ilima Drive
Honolulu, HI 96817

Calvary Preschool
45-435 Aumoku Street
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Enchanted Lake Preschool
1425 Keolu Drive
Kailua, HI 96734

Ewa Preschool @CFS
91-1841 Fort Weaver Road
Ewa, HI 96706

Honolulu Preschool
930 Lunalilo Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

Moanalua Preschool
4857 Bouganville Drive
Honolulu, HI 96818

St. Mark’s Preschool
539 Kapahulu Street
Honolulu, HI 96815

Mililani Preschool
345 Kahelu Avenue
Miliani, HI 96789

Through June 30, 11:30 AM–12:30 PM

Halawa View Apartments
99-009 Kalaloa Street
ʻAiea, Hawaiʻi 96701

INSPIRE Church – Mililani
95-061 Waimakua Drive 
Mililani, HI 96789

Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange
1638 Kamehameha IV Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Kuhio Elementary School
2759 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826

Melemanu Recreation Center
98-2031 Waikalani Place
Mililani, HI 96789

Nuʻuanu YMCA
1441 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96813

Puohala Elementary School
45-233 Kulauli Street
Kaneʻohe, HI 96744

Puʻuwai Momi
99-132 Kohomua Street
ʻAiea, HI 96701

Through May 31, 3:30–4:30 PM

Palama Settlement
810 North Vineyard Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96817


Through May 31, Noon–12:30 PM

Parents And Children Together
Kuhio Park Terrace Resource Center
1485 Linapuni Street
Honolulu, HI 96819


Through the end of Summer, 11:30 AM–12:30 PM

Windward Nazarene Academy
45-232 Puaae Road
Kaneʻohe, HI 96744