“Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. is the recipient of a $150,000 award for a fresh food voucher program that will support the Native Hawaiian community through the Office of Hawaiian Affairs COVID-19 Impact and Response Grant.
“‘Ai Hua will help to reinforce and strengthen Native Hawaiians’ ʻohana and the health of the lāhui,” according to MEO.
With the $150,000 OHA award, MEO will provide vouchers to Native Hawaiian families who were affected by COVID-19 that can be used at local farmers markets to purchase local fresh fruits, vegetables and protein foods. The program will benefit both the Native Hawaiian families who receive the vouchers for the produce, and the local farmers who grow the products for the farmers’ markets.
The program period is for one year, beginning Nov. 1.
“MEO welcomes the opportunity to work with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to bring fresh fruits, vegetables and proteins to the Native Hawaiian community,” said Debbie Cabebe, MEO CEO. “This program is patterned after our successful Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program for kupuna and offers the opportunity for MEO to extend its reach to the Native Hawaiian community in partnership with OHA….”
View the whole story here: https://mauinow.com/2021/08/29/150000-awarded-to-maui-nonprofit-for-fresh-food-program/