Millions of children could soon lose access to free school meals. Their families are quietly panicking

Hulu Kaopio-Camvel lives on the quiet, outer-Hawaiian island of Molokai, which is only 38 miles long and has a population of 7,000. All groceries come to the island via a barge. Since it’s the only option, residents often feel the shock of food prices, especially with inflation. And during the height of the pandemic and supply chain shortages, the boat sometimes didn’t even make it to shore. ‘Just to get a gallon of milk was crazy,’ she says. What used to cost $8.99 has now surged to $12.99 with inflation.