A federal program that offers free meals to students in schools with high poverty rates, has expanded from a pilot program with just seven Hawaiʻi campuses to 30 schools across the state.
The Community Eligibility Provision program started out as a pilot program at five Molokaʻi campuses, one school on Hawaiʻi Island and one school on Oʻahu. Maui’s Hāna High and Elementary School and Lānaʻi High and Elementary are both included on the latest list of 23 additional schools.
Senator J. Kalani English of Maui (Senate District 7, which includes Hāna, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, and Kaho‘olawe) applauded the Hawai‘i State Department of Education for taking steps to grow the program saying, “With most of the pilot schools in my district, I have seen these students thrive thanks to the meals provided for them. Now with the expansion, more students and their families will benefit from the program, and that’s certainly a smart investment towards our future.”
The seven schools in the pilot program included:
- Kaunakakai Elementary School, Molokaʻi;
- Kilohana Elementary School, Molokaʻi;
- Maunaloa Elementary School, Molokaʻi;
- Molokaʻi Middle School, Molokaʻi;
- Molokaʻi High School, Molokaʻi;
- Mountain View Elementary School, Hawaiʻi Island; and
- Linapuni Elementary School, Oʻahu
The 23 additional schools being added to the CEP program are:
- Kauaʻi: Kekaha Elementary
- Hawaiʻi Island: Kaʻū High & Pahala Elementary; Keaʻau Elementary; Keaʻau High; Keaʻau Middle; Keonepoko Elementary; Naʻalehu Elementary; Pāhoa Elementary; and Pāhoa High.
- Maui: Hāna High & Elementary
- Lānaʻi: Lānaʻi High & Elementary
- Oʻahu: Leihoku Elementary; Māʻili Elementary; Mākaha Elementary; Nānāikapono Elementary; Nānākuli Elementary; Nānākuli High & Intermediate; Olomana School; Pope Elementary; Waiʻanae Elementary; Waiʻanae High; Waiʻanae Middle; and Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate.