The Hawai‘i Good Food Alliance focuses on collaborative statewide projects that increase local food access
DA BUX Double Up Food Bucks
Managed by The Food Basket
“DA BUX Double Up Food Bucks” is a statewide program administered by The Food Basket in partnership with the Hawai’i Good Food Alliance. How it works: Participating DA BUX retailers discount their locally grown produce by 50% for customers paying with federal SNAP food dollars (formerly known as food stamps).
Hawai‘i Farmers Market Association
The Hawai‘i Farmers Market Association (HFMA) was established in 2020 to strengthen and promote a vibrant and sustainable local food system and economy by supporting farmers markets and direct-to-consumer farm marketing statewide. Launched under the fiscal sponsorship of Sustainable Molokai, the HFMA is now a primary project of HGFA, where we are working to promote the acceptance of SNAP-EBT and WIC at farmers markets, as well as provide technical assistance to farmers market managers to support their growth and financial viability.
Hawaiʻi Food Hub Hui
The Hawai‘i Food Hub Hui (HFHH) was established in 2017. The group initially consisted of five of the leading food hubs in Hawai‘i and grew to represent 14 food hubs focused on aggregation and distribution of produce and other local foods from small family farmers, challenged with accessing markets, to marginalized customers, with limited buying power. Currently, these food hubs support 1,051 family farms and approximately 6,000 local customers per week in all Hawai‘i counties. In 2021, HFFH via the Hawai‘i Good Food Alliance received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Regional Food Systems Partnership (RFSP) and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in a project entitled “Hawai‘i Food Hub Hui–a statewide partnership for value-chain integration.”
The Hawai‘i Good Food Alliance is building a rubric to assess different components of our local food system. Drawing on various existing frameworks, the overall content is specific to the conditions and circumstances of our island home. Categories include; justice, fairness and thriving local economies, strong communities and healthy people, vibrant farms and sustainable ecosystems, and pilinahā cultural connections. Indicators take into account the historical, social, economic and cultural factors that have and continue to affect productiion and access to food, jobs and a sustainable future. It is our hope that this rubric will support efforts to both assess current situatiions while helping to plan for the future.