The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii has launched Hawaiiverse to support local businesses through compiling coupons and giveaways offered by local businesses. It is a free platform for both businesses and users, and all businesses and nonprofits statewide can participate. To sign up, click here. To view the site, click here.
Kauai residents who are 18 years or older and have been laid off or had work hours reduced due to COVID-19 can work in conservation and food systems. Open positions are posted on Malama Kauai’s website and social media.
Hawaii Farm Bureau offers drive-thru farmers markets in order to provide fresh, locally-grown produce to customers while supporting hard-working farmers. Customers can order produce online and pick it up at Blaisdell or Windward Mall. While some farmers’ markets are closed, there is still an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to sell directly to consumers.
The Farm Product Purchase Program purchases produce and meats from commercial farmers and livestock producers to distribute to families in need through The Food Basket and other channels. HFB membership is not required to participate. Value added products are not eligible for the Farm Product Purchase Program at this time. If interested in applying, fill out the application here and email HFB.
Good Clean Food Hawaii provides island wide production and distribution of Meal Prep services, which includes but is not limited to sourcing, prepping, cooking, packing, delivering/logistics, and cusomter servicing. They offer contactless door-to-door meal prep delivery. They own a full size, certified kitchen in Kailua and two refrigerated delivery vans.
The County of Maui’s OED has partnered with CNHA and the C&C of Honolulu to support Pop-up Makeke, a free centralized online marketplace for customers to gain easy access to local products. Qualified vendors can send their product inventory to CNHA to market, sell, package, and ship items through popupmakeke.com. In addition, four TV shows filmed on Maui in October and December will feature Maui County products, and the Pop-Up Makeke team will market products on a weekly TV show through KHNL and Facebook Live.
Register Your Products with Hawaii Agriculture & Food Products
HDOA maintains a list of Hawaii vendors and products. If any purchase inquiries come their way, HDOA directs interested buyers to this directory. Mana Up, a company that supports products rooted in Hawaii, uses HDOA’s site to source the ingredients that they need, so if you are looking for buyers for your agricultural products, make sure to register your products on the website. Click here to see ingredients that some companies said they wish they could source in Hawaii!
HFUU is looking for farmers that want to sell to food hubs and increase production. HFUU recently assembled a task force to support agricultural communities by aggregating and sorting food into CSA boxes in food hubs and commercial kitchens. They also hope to partner with chefs, caterers, and other prepared foods businesses.
COVID-19 has caused coffee sales to slow or halt for many businesses. SHAC has been in conversation with the USDA to facilitate purchases of Hawaiian-grown products for government use. If you have roasted coffee that you would like to make eligible for USDA purchase, please contact SHAC.
Kauai Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
The Kauai Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low income seniors with eligible produce while supporting local farmers. The SFMNP accepts produce that is at least 55% locally grown. The SFMNP started on April 1 but farmers are able to apply past this date.
The USDA and AMS purchases a variety of domestically produced and processed commodity food products from approved USDA vendors. To learn more, click here. For instructions on how to become an approved vendor, click here.
The Kupu Aina Corps program provides temporary employment for those who have been furloughed, unemployed, or are recent graduates interested in exploring environmental and sustainability related work at conservation and agriculture based host sites. The program runs from 9/14-12/15, and the application will be open until all positions are filled.
The Maui County Farm Bureau believes in strength in numbers and is looking for Maui County farmers, ranchers, and friends of agriculture who want to join MCFB. Download your new membership drive brochure and learn more about membership benefits here.
Foodland hopes to support local farmers by purchasing the supply of food produced until the demand resumes and/or by facilitating food distribution. The goal is to minimize the need to import food. Complete the following form to inquire about sales opportunities.
Malama Virtual Farmers Market provides free deliveries of local produce and products. Customers can shop 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and can purchase produce, baked goods, chocolate, meat and seafood.
Da Box is a community supported agriculture program that purchases local produce to sell to customers island-wide. Da Box is not currently accepting new customer sign-ups but interested customers may call to be placed on a wait list.
Farm Link Hawaii is an online marketplace and distribution service to sell local produce, meat, and processed foods. They have one 16-ft refrigerated delivery van and cold storage remote hubs in Hale‘iwa, Ka‘a‘awa, Waimānalo, and Waianae.