- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - Free meals will be served to children at around 70 public schools across the Hawaiian islands over the summer.

The Hawaii State Department of Education said Friday that most participating schools will serve breakfast and lunch on weekdays.

For a school to participate, at least half of its regular students must qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. The school also has to be offering a summer program, but students don’t have to take classes to get the meals.

Assistant Superintendent Dann Carlson says some students miss out on meals over the summer. He says he’s grateful so many schools stepped up to participate this year.

The Department of Education says the program will begin in early June.

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