State plan would dish out free restaurant meals for Hawaii’s unemployed


Unemployed residents and struggling restaurants in Hawaii could soon share $67 million in federal coronavirus aid under a new state plan.

Details have yet to be shared publicly by the administration of Gov. David Ige, but $67 million in CARES Act aid received by the state has been allocated for a restaurant cash card program that provides financial support to unemployment claimants, according to an organization that has partnered with state agencies tracking Hawaii CARES funds.

Jill Tokuda, an official with the Hawaii Data Collaborative, told the House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness on Monday that the program could be rolled out in a week or two.

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