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The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at the USDA website, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

  1. (2)  fax: (202) 690-7442; or

  2. (3)  email: institution is an equal opportunity provider.


2021-2022 Free & Reduced Lunch Application

NSLP Press Release


Today Kamalani Academy announced its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program, and/or School Breakfast Program. 

When the information is known by the school, households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals if they are members of households receiving assistance from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). No application is required for free meal benefits for these households.  All children in these households are eligible for free meal benefits.  If any child(ren) is not listed on the eligibility notice, the household should contact the school to have the free meal benefits extended to that child(ren).

When the information is known by the school, households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals if they are, as defined by law as, homeless, migrant, runaway, a foster child, or enrolled in Head Start.

If a household chooses to decline free meal benefits for the children, the household must contact the school.

The household size and income criteria identified below will be used for determining eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits.  Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Public Charter School

Charter schools are public, tuition-free schools that are open to all students. Often operated independently from the traditional school district, charter schools provide high-quality instruction from teachers who have the autonomy to design a classroom that fits their students’ needs. They are led by dynamic principals who have the flexibility to create a school culture that fosters student performance and parent satisfaction.

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