In Hawaii, a collective of statewide food hubs has a plan to get more crops from small farmers to businesses, institutions and families that want locally grown food. On Oahu, Kahumana Farm Hub funneled fresh produce to the local food bank that the some Hawaii residents had to rely on for the first time in their lives due to the pandemic.
On Kauai, Malama Kauai’s food hub ramped up its efforts to help locals experiencing food insecurity to eat well while supporting local growers who relied on farmers markets that had been shuttered by the virus.
On Tuesday, a network of a dozen leading food hubs statewide won more than a million dollars in grant money to bolster their capacity and profitability across five islands. The grant award supports a two-year project by the Hawaii Good Food Alliance and the Hawaii Food Hub Hui to address gaps in processing, storage and transportation that plague the food system supply chain and hamper the growth of food hubs through investments in equipment upgrades, advocacy, data collection, marketing and fundraising.
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