Hawaii's meal program gets healthier for Keiki

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Jul 01 2014 08:25:10 PM HST
Updated On: Jul 01 2014 10:11:57 PM HST
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HONOLULU -

Hawaii kids are getting more food options to keep their stomachs full this summer due to a growing state program.

The Department of Education's "Summer Seamless Program" is available at 59 public schools through July 18,  offering free breakfasts and lunches to low-income students.

Each plate of food is also nutritious, as the USDA requires schools to offer whole grains, fresh fruit, veggies, milk and protein in every meal.

The initiative is a costly endeavor as much of the food has to be shipped from 2,000 miles away.

    

They're largest expense is milk, costing the state about $10 million every year.

“The logistics of supplying of the largest food service authorities in the country with regard to student meals, over 100,000 meals a day,” DOE Assistant Superintendent Ray L'Heureux said.

The district also bakes their own bread.

The state's menu planning committee is constantly trying to incorporate healthier versions of local foods, including shoyu chicken, beef stew and portuguese sausage.

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