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O‘ahu Good Food Program and Good Food Day launched to support local farmers

On Labor Day this year, the Institutional Purchasing Hui, the O‘ahu Good Food Program, and the City and County of Honolulu hosted a ‘‘Discover Local Foods Day” at the Hawai‘i Convention Center for a local food gathering to build awareness and encourage local purchasing and collaboration.

The event featured a signing of an O‘ahu Good Food pledge by stakeholders and partners to adopt the O‘ahu Good Food Program and commit to the production and consumption of locally grown food that is healthy, affordable, and sustainable. Key speakers included Mayor Rick Blangiardi, the City and County of Honolulu – Office of Climate Change and Resiliency, the Office of Economic Revitalization, Resilient O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Public Health Institute, Council for Native Hawaii Advancement, Kamehameha Schools, Centers for Good Food Purchasing, and Hawai‘i Pacific Health. The commitment is to support local producers and Hawaii’s economic sustainability. At the event, a number of tastings, a variety of “discovery” booths taught attendees how to prepare local produce in traditional ways.

The “Discover Local Foods Day” is hoped to become an annual event to:

  • Help local producers and suppliers showcase their products and interact with a range of purchasers that include schools, hospitals, housing facilities, among others.
  • Showcase indigenous knowledge on sustainable food production.  
  • Create opportunities for small group discussion sessions, networking and problem-solving around issues affecting food security in Hawai’i. 

About the Institutional Purchasing Hui

The Institutional Purchasing Hui is a collaborative of organizations and agencies committed to increasing local purchasing of food in order to support sustainable food systems in Hawai‘i.  Part of its mission is to explore innovative ways to create opportunities to discover the vast food resources of Hawai‘i and how these can be supported through institutional purchasing.

About O‘ahu Good Food Program

O‘ahu Good Food Program’s goal is to increase purchasing of local food in City and County of Honolulu as part of an overall strategy for increased and sustainable local produce, food security and climate resilience. In alignment with Act 175 and 176 from HB0767 SDS and HB0817 HD2SD2 (systematic scaling up of institutional purchasing in schools and state agencies with incremental targets)

  • Consistent with the statewide Aloha +  target of doubling our local purchasing by 2030: https://aloha-challenge.hawaiigreengrowth.org/aloha-goals/local-food/
  • Environmentally preferable purchasing, such as that embedded in the Good Food Purchasing Program, is consistent with Ordinance 08-28, Revised Ordinances (ROH) of Honolulu, Article 35 ENERGY STAR Products requiring the procurement of ENERGY STAR qualified products

This is an example of various strategies happening in the state to change Hawai‘i’s food system to become sustainable. To learn more about other food systems and resiliency work in the state, please visit Transforming Hawai‘i’s Food System Together and learn more about  HIPH’s Food Systems and Resiliency work. Contact: Dr. Susan Mercado at susan@hiphi.org or 808-591-6508 ext. 20.

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