Students may eat a breakfast or lunch at school, lovingly prepared by our cafeteria staff. Meals are subsidized by the USDA and follow strict guidelines on health and service. Scroll down to see more info on the school meal program.
Payments for the school meal program can be made in the school office between 7:30 and 4:00 p.m. OR by clicking on the button above and completing payment online. If paying in the school office, please pay by cash or check (made payable to Department of Education).
Student Breakfast (full price): $1.10
Student Breakfast (reduced price): $.30
Second Breakfast: $2.40†
Student Lunch (full price): $2.50
Student Lunch (reduced price): $.40
Second Lunch: $5.50†
Milk Only: $.90*
Breakfast and Lunch includes a 1/2 pint of milk
At this time, meal service is limited to students only.
*Milk only price is the same for all, regardless of qualification for free/reduced lunch.
†Students who wish to purchase a second lunch must show their plate to the cashier and must have enough funds in their account.
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications
Unless directly certified, households must submit a new Free & Reduced Meal application yearly. You may apply online at ezmealapp.com. Online applications are processed within 24 hours. You also have the option to turn in a paper application to the office. Paper applications have a 10 day processing period once it is received by School Food Service. Once an application is processed, a benefit letter will be sent home with your child.
You are responsible for meal charges incurred while waiting for an approval. If a student qualified for free or reduced meals the previous school year, the student is given a grace period of 30 operating days from the start of the new school year to reapply. During the grace period, a student's previous year's meal eligibility will remain in place. However, when a new application is processed, the new eligibility determination will supersede the grace period eligibility. If applications are not received and processed before the grace period ends, a student's meal status
will turn to PAID.
Households with an incoming sibling will need to re-apply to add the sibling to the application in order to qualify for the same benefit.
Special Dietary Needs
Students with special dietary needs must submit form J1 to the school office. The HIDOE Food Services Branch will review the request and if approved, modifications will be made to the student's meals.
Maʻemaʻe School has a prepayment meal program whereby each student has a meal account and is issued an identification card with name, barcode, room number and picture to be used to scan for meal purchases and general campus identification purposes. Each student is issued one free ID card. If lost or damaged, purchase a replacement card for $5.00 at the office.
Meal Account Payments
You can create an ONLINE student account at ezschoolpay.com to make payments, set low balance alerts, and review meal accounts. You will need your child's birthdate to register. Otherwise, a DROP BOX is
located in the office for cash or check (made payable to Department of Education or DOE) deposits only. Deposits made before 8:30 am will be credited the same day. Deposits are not accepted in the cafeteria. Receipts will be given to the student through their homeroom teacher. The Department of Education's (DOE) fee policy on returned checks is $25 per-check, payable in cash and no further checks will be accepted from the check writer for the remainder of the year.
When a student meal account reaches a negative balance, the office will send a pink reminder notice home with the student and an automated evening phone call will be generated requesting the parent to deposit
money into their child's account. Students with negative balances exceeding $17.50 and $2.80 for reduced meals will be denied a meal until the negative balance is cleared. Students with no balance in their account may not purchase milk.
End of Year
Negative balances must be cleared before the last day of school. If students are returning to Maʻemaʻe School next year or are transferring to another Hawaii public school, their meal balance will follow them. If
students are not returning to a Hawaii public school next year, then they should complete and turn in a LUNCH ACCOUNT REQUEST form to the office to request a refund, transfer funds to another Maʻemaʻe student or donate to the school volunteer fund.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our Meal Program,
please call the office at 808-595-5400.
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USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and 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: How to File a Complaint, 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:
mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
fax: (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.