Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program


The Hawaii Foodbank, in partnership with the State Office of Community Services and the United States Department of Agriculture/ Food and Nutrition Service, organized the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program from June through October 2016. Vouchers were given to seniors with low income levels to provide greater affordable access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

People targeted for this program were Hawaii residents:
• 60 years or older
• At or below 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii
• Disabled individuals 60 years and under 

In fiscal year 2016, our Foodbank and partners provided 3,959 seniors/the disabled with vouchers valued at $197,950 to purchase fresh produce through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Mahalo to our agencies for their help in certifying the elderly and disabled and providing language interpreters to explain the process throughout.

Food 4 Keiki Program

From September 2015 through May 2016, 385 students from low-income families at Princess Victoria Ka'iulani Elementary School in Kalihi received food through the Food 4 Keiki BackPack Program.

Since more than 91 percent of students qualified for free and reduced lunch, all children received backpacks filled with nutritious and easy-to-prepare foods to take home over the weekend. Backpacks included pasta meals, soups, cereals, fruit, apple sauce and pudding cups, snacks, chocolate milk and fruit juice.

The Foodbank distributed 13,200 BackPacks through the Food 4 Keiki Backpack Program during the 2015-16 school year.

Mahalo to our program donors who helped purchase food and backpacks to provide meals to children at risk of hunger. And thank you to our volunteer groups who donated their time and gave from their hearts to prepack the food throughout the school year.

The Hawaii Foodbank is the only nonprofit 501(c)3 agency in the state of Hawaii that collects, warehouses and distributes mass quantities of both perishable and non-perishable food to over 200 member agencies as well as food banks on the Big Island, Maui and Kauai. The Hawaii Foodbank forms a vital link between the food donors and our member agencies by collecting, sorting, salvaging and distributing about 12 million pounds of food each year. The Hawaii Foodbank also supports its member agencies through financial and educational assistance.

The Hawaii Foodbank provides food to help feed 287,000 people or 1 in 5 people statewide annually, and distributes grocery and household items to other 501(c)3 nonprofit agencies that provide direct services to the needy. These nonprofits are an essential link between the Foodbank and Hawaii's hungry.

 Last year, the Foodbank worked with 29 member agencies to distribute over 3.6 million pounds of fresh produce and nearly 3.2 million pounds of baked goods, dairy products, eggs, cereal, snack foods and beverages.

Member agencies receive food and other products from our warehouse and distribute them free of charge to people in need including the low-income families, the elderly, the homeless, the disabled and the unemployed. The Hawaii Foodbank also organizes several programs that allow us to reach a wider variety of individuals.

Please click here to see a complete list of our Member Agencies.