The rallying cry for Same Canoe is to DOUBLE local food purchases at farmers’ markets, grocers and restaurants to help build our ag economy and to strengthen our island’s food security. HOW are we going to do this? The Same Canoe campaign has raised over $750,000 for this 2017-2020 effort with a large investment focused on helping low income households earn free coupons for fresh, local fruits and veggies. A clear, measurable result is putting new dollars in farmers’ hands – bringing them new customers, building their businesses and rewarding their heroic hard work.
Meet our great AmeriCorps Team helping to get the word out, enroll participants, and get the coupons circulating at our partner sites. The members are both Island residents and one-year visitors – all eager to paddle the local food canoe. Kudos to Anna, Lisa, Laura and Markus for grabbing a paddle and moving the canoe forwards!
NEW this year is VEGGIE Rx – a great way for health care providers to prescribe fresh, local fruits and vegetables. Mahalo to our valuable partnerships with local health care organizations – West Hawaii Community Health Care, Hamakua-Kohala Health, Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi, Island Heart Care.
Find us at Hamakua Harvest, Hawi, Kamuela, Kona Sunset, Keauhou and Pure Kona Farmers’ Markets – plus Island Naturals, Healthways, Choice Mart, Takata Store and Kohala Gown Market every month in 2018. Plus special events like the Culinary Arts Under the Stars, Kohala JAMboree and more.
Learn more about the SNAP/EBT Coupon Program
and the main Local Food Challenge