Cash assistance available for children who receive free or reduced-cost school meals

 
 

Cash assistance available for children who receive free or reduced-cost school meals

The Dept. of Human Services and HIDOE's Hawaiʻi Child Nutrition Program have announced that families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will receive temporary cash assistance for food, due to the impact of school closures during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

This temporary assistance program will provide Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) School Meals Replacement Benefits to more than 93,000 students receiving free or reduced-price school meals in Hawaiʻi, including almost 48,000 students already receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) benefits.

HawaiÊ»i households are eligible if they have students who are either enrolled for free or reduced-price school meals or attend a school that provides free meals to all students through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or another provision.

Eligible families can receive up to the following amount(s) for each child enrolled in school:

  • $80 for March
  • $147 for April
  • $133 for May
  • Combined: $360 per child. 

Please note that this P-EBT payment is a one-time supplement. More eligibility details, instructions and printable flyers are available here