Free or Reduced Meals See Increased Enrollment

A leading indicator of poverty in Hawaii saw another increase last year.  Free and reduced lunches in Hawaii’s public schools saw a jump in enrollment by 20%, or roughly 13,000 children.  Across the state, more than 80,000 public school students qualify for free or reduced lunch which make up nearly 50% of all the public school students.

The prices for meals at the public schools rose in 2010 and is scheduled to rise again this year.  Current regular prices for breakfast is $1 and for lunch, $2.35.  The current reduced rate is $0.30 and $0.40 respectively.  The increase in enrollment has been blamed on the weak economy as parents lose their jobs or receive reduced pay.

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