Sen. English Statement on Free Meal Program Expansion


NEWS RELEASE – for immediate release
May 3, 2016

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HONOLULU, Hawai’i – Sen. J. Kalani English today applauded the Hawai’i State Department of Education for expanding the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) from seven schools to 30 statewide.

“I’m extremely pleased with the DOE decision to expand the CEP program which has proven to be very successful,” said Sen. English. “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, Molokai
  •  Kilohana Elementary School, Molokai
  •  Maunaloa Elementary School, Molokai
  •  Molokai Middle School, Molokai
  •  Molokai High School, Molokai
  •  Mountain View Elementary School, Hawaii Island
  •  Linapuni Elementary School, Oahu

The 23 additional schools being added to the CEP program are:

  • Kauai
    Kekaha Elementary
  • Hawaii Island
    Kau High & Pahala Elementary
    Keaau Elementary
    Keaau High
    Keaau Middle
    Keonepoko Elementary
    Naalehu Elementary
    Pahoa Elementary
    Pahoa High
  • Maui
    Hana High & Elementary
  • Lanai
    Lanai High & Elementary
  • Oahu
    Leihoku Elementary
    Maili Elementary
    Makaha Elementary
    Nanaikapono Elementary
    Nanakuli Elementary
    Nanakuli High & Intermediate
    Olomana School
    Pope Elementary
    Waianae Elementary
    Waianae High
    Waianae Middle
    Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate

Details on the DOE CEP program expansion, visit

Sen. English represents Senate District 7, which includes Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i, and Kaho’olawe.