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Kūpuna Food Security Coalition kicks off funding for neighbor island organizations supporting age-friendly food systems

In January of 2022, the Kūpuna Food Security Coalition (KFSC) launched its new partnership with seven community based organizations in neighbor islands working to increase food access for low-income kūpuna. This grant marks the first funding opportunity offered by the KFSC to support food security initiatives tailored to kūpuna on neighbor islands. Thanks to the support of the  Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and Stupski Foundation, the KFSC is able to provide selected partners over $445,000 to support food access activities, including: locally sourced meal and food bag distributions, farmers’ market vouchers, support with SNAP enrollment, ʻāina-based intergenerational learning, and more. Early data analysis shows that in the first two months since launch, more than 1,420 kūpuna have been served by this funding. 

 

HIPHI is honored to partner with the following organizations, who were selected for funding through a competitive RFP process:

Hawaiʻi County

Hoʻōla Veteran Services (Ho’ōla Farms): “Hawaiʻi Farm-to-Car Kūpuna Resiliency Project”

Hui Mālama i ke Ala ʻŪlili: “huiMAU Community Kitchen Food Distribution Program”

Kauaʻi County

Mālama Kauaʻi: “Kaua‘i Kūpuna Food Security”

Crossroads Christian Fellowship (Nourish Kauaʻi): “Nourish Kauaʻi Kōkua Kūpuna Program”

Maui County

Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke Building Program: “Mālama I Nā Hulu Kūpuna”

Nā Hoaloha-Maui Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers: “Tech-Enabled Volunteers Improve Food Access, COVID-19 Recovery, and Community Resilience through Virtual, Person-Centered Outreach Across Maui County”

Multi County

Hawaiʻi VA Foundation (Our Kūpuna): “Our Kupuna”

 

The KFSC is part of a social incubator for aging impact called the Kūpuna Collective, which brings together a collaborative network of partners who elevate critical issues, mobilize community assets, and drive innovative solutions that support and empower kūpuna.. For more information on the KFSC or the Kūpuna Collective, contact kupunacollective@hiphi.org.

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