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Farm to School Newsletter October 2020: School Gardens to Kūpuna

How a school garden in one of Hawaiʻi’s most remote, isolated communities is supporting kūpuna (elders) with fresh fruits and vegetables Anyone familiar with Maui’s beautiful, long, and winding road to Hāna can appreciate many of the…

Farm-to-Car program launches on Big Island, giving farmers a boost

After a successful run of the Farm-to-Car program on Oahu, Hawaii County will begin the same program this month. The farm-to-car initiatives supports local farmers and brings fresh produce to Hawaii families. Online…

State begins distribution of PPE, with more available for eligible organizations

The state has begun the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment, and more is still available. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency says they have shipped out the first round of the PPE. They’ll be heading…

Free grab-and-go meals return to more than 200 public schools this fall

Free grab-and-go meals are returning to more than 200 public schools starting Oct. 12 through Dec. 18, the Hawaii Department of Education announced on Thursday. The free meals are for children ages 18 and younger and are available…

Kokua No Ka Ohana pop-up distributions to begin Sept. 24

To keep food flowing to its highest-need communities, the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch has launched a series of pop-up food distributions across the island. Called Kokua No Ka ‘Ohana (Help for Families), the food distributions kicked…
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Community Coalition Prepares to Introduce Ordinance

If you could stop a teen from being injured in a car crash, beat up or sexually assaulted, would you?  It’s an easy answer: we all would. We care deeply about our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors. Protecting…
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Seeking Articles for COVID-19 Special Issue: Hawaiʻi Journal of Health and Social Welfare

Here is an opportunity for those working on COVID-19 and health equity. The University of Hawaiʻi, Office of Public Health Studies is collaborating with leadership from the Hawaiʻi Department of Health, HIPHI, and the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation…
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New Staff Join HIPHI in August and September

HIPHI is excited to welcome five new staff members in August and September! Dr. Sonia Gupta – August 3 Dr. Sonia Gupta is our new, full-time Oral Health Manager! Sonia is based on Maui and will be working in the Maui Office when we reopen!…
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COVID-19 Relief Efforts through Expanded Meal Service Plus (EMSP)

While only 9 percent of Hawaii’s population fall below the federal poverty level, there is an additional 33 percent that represent our friends, families, and neighbors living just above the poverty line and still unable to make ends meet.…
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Kūpuna Food Security Coalition: Mobilizing With Aloha

The COVID-19 pandemic is a health and humanitarian crisis worldwide and has had detrimental impacts locally in Hawai‘i, causing thousands of residents to become food insecure. Many residents of Hawai‘i were already suffering from hunger…
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Tobacco Updates for Summer 2020: New Data, Same Challenges

Youth e-cigarette rates are increasing, the link between smoking/e-cigarette use and COVID-19 is becoming clearer, and another state passes legislation prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products. These are some of the prominent stories…
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Hawai‘i Youth Food Council Launches for 2020-2021 Term

August 15, 2020 marked the official launch of this year’s Hawai‘i Youth Food Council (HYFC). Six newly selected high school youth have joined four returning members from last year’s inaugural council (launched February 2020) to form the…