HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi – In response to the recently-announced delayed opening of Hawaiʻi public schools, a partnership of non-profit and government organizations that’s been providing free, healthy grab-and-go meals to keiki has decided to keep 16 of their feeding sites on Oʻahu and Molokai open through August 14.
The summer food sponsors that have decided to keep their sites open are Kamaʻaina Kids, Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Hoʻokakoʻo Schools, YMCA of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi Literacy, Palama Settlement, and Parents And Children Together.
These meals are prepared according to USDA safety and nutrition standards. The sponsors are partnering with Aloha Harvest, Lanakila Pacific, Alternative Structures International, Hawaiʻi Appleseed, and Hawaiʻi Child Nutrition Programs to get the meals prepared and delivered.
Before the pandemic, it was projected that about 20 sponsoring organizations would serve about 583,000 total meals this summer. Despite the loss of some regular sponsors, the remaining ones stepped up their capacity, and three new sponsors came on board. As a result, this community partnership is on track to serve 1.5 million meals in 2020.
On a typical school day, nearly 65,000 economically disadvantaged Hawaiʻi students benefit from free or reduced-price school meals. 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.
The following 16 community sites will provide free healthy grab-and-go meals to children and youth up to age 18, Monday to Friday, through August 14, unless otherwise indicated:
KAMAILE ACADEMY PCS
10 to 11 AM 85-180
Ala Akau Street Waiʻanae, HI 96792
KUALAPUU ELEMENTARY PCS
7:30 to 8 AM and 11:30 AM to 12 PM Through August 12
260 Farrington Ave Kualapuu, HI 96757
KUHIO PARK TERRACE RESOURCE CENTER
12 to 12:30 PM
1485 Linapuni Street Honolulu, HI 96819
MAYOR WRIGHT HOMES
Tuesday to Friday 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
566 N. Kukui St., Bldg. 25A Honolulu, HI 9681
3:30 to 4:30 PM
810 North Vineyard Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96817
10 AM to 12 PM
85-1280 Kaneaki Street Waianae, HI 96792
87-169 Helelua Street Waianae, HI 96792
QUEEN LILIUOKALANI CHILDREN’S CENTER
87-1876 Farrington Hwy Waianae, HI 96792
KALIHI VALLEY INSTRUCTIONAL BIKE EXCHANGE
Through August 7 or 14
1638 Kamehameha IV Road Honolulu, HI 96819
Tuesday to Friday 10 to 11:30 AM
45-435 Aumoku Street Kaneohe, HI 96744
EWA PRESCHOOL @CFS
91-1841 Fort Weaver Road Ewa, HI 96706
930 Lunalilo Street Honolulu, HI 96822
87-227 St. Johns Road Waianae, HI 96792
345 Kahelu Avenue Miliani, HI 96789
4857 Bougainville Drive Honolulu, HI 96818 ST.
539 Kapahulu Street Honolulu, HI 96815