February 16, 2021

Grants address food insecurity on Maui in Hawaii

Funds will support local nonprofits in feeding Maui keiki, kupuna, and families.

Maui FoodBank volunteers sort food for distribution to those in need.

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HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii has awarded a total of $145,000 in grant funding to 2 organizations on Maui working to feed individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, Maui County experienced the highest unemployment rate in the state, underscoring the damaging socioeconomic impact COVID-19 has had on a county heavily reliant on tourism.

Maui Food Bank, which went from serving 10,000 people a month to over 35,000 people a month at the height of the pandemic, will receive $50,000 for their Fresh 4 All food purchase program. Funds will go toward purchasing enough local produce and protein to distribute to 36,000 working adults, children, and seniors on fixed incomes, and homeless individuals in need.

Hui No Ke Ola Pono will receive $95,000 to continue its Hānai Aku, Hānai Mai — Feed and Be Fed produce box distribution program in 2021. The initiative will provide 150 produce boxes a month to families in the Native Hawaiian community on Maui. Recipes and information on stress management, exercise, and diabetes education will also be included. HNKOP’s ultimate goal is for participants of Hānai Aku, Hānai Mai to utilize HNKOP’s services and programs on a regular basis.

“Now more than ever, it is our responsibility as health care providers to extend our care to the communities that need it most,” said Greg Christian, president for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Health Plan and Hospitals. “Our hope is that this funding will keep local families nourished in the near term and provide resources that will allow them to thrive in the long term.”

This set of grants is the latest in a series of contributions from Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii to help residents throughout the state receive vital support services in response to the socioeconomic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last 12 months, the health care organization has gifted over $2 million in current or planned grants to nonprofits serving communities across Hawaii, and has hosted 16 community support events including food distributions that have provided over 280,000 pounds of food to more than 7,000 local families.

About Kaiser Permanente

For 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Since July 21, 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission has been to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.