Kupuna Pantry CSFP
The Food Basket’s newest program is “Kupuna Pantry,” also known as The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). This program works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. CSFP is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Food packages include a variety of foods, such as nonfat dry and ultra high-temperature fluid milk, juice, farina, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, peanut butter, dry beans, canned meat, poultry, or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables.
In Hawai`i County, Kupuna Pantry distributes to 1080 eligible participants 35 pounds of food per month at locations island-wide. To be eligible, participants must be at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines and be 60 or older. Monthly income limits for a one-person household for 2017 are $1502 or $2022 for two person household.
Participants enroll for 6 months at a time and must recertify every 6 months and continue to meet all eligibility requirements during the time enrolled. Participants may actively participate in only 1 distribution site. You may request s site change once with a written request. If you do not pick up a food box for 3 months in a row, you will become ineligible for the program.
The purpose of The Food Basket’s “We Got Your Back” Supplemental Nutrition Program is to provide nutritional supplements to low-income elementary school-aged children at schools with a high incidence of free and reduced lunches.
“We Got Your Back” is a supplemental nutrition program funded by private monetary donations foods donated by the community, and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutritional supplements. In many cases, children from low-income families derive their only complete meal of the day in school. The “We Got Your Back” backpacking program provides supplemental food from The Food Basket for eligible school children to take home, thus assisting the child’s family in providing additional complete meals. Complete nutrition and satiety are important to ensure hunger and poor nutrition are not detrimental to children’s performance in school. Eligibility for this program is determined by statistical data collected by the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) on free and reduced lunch participation. The “We Got Your Back (WGYB)” program is a direct service program, occurring without the aid of an agency intermediary, however it does require the participation and permission of school officials.
Senior “Brown Bags” Supplemental Nutrition Program
The purpose of The Food Basket’s Senior Brown Bags Program is to supplement the nutrition of Seniors in the community and increase access to food for those in rural areas.
Senior Brown Bags is a supplemental nutrition program funded by private monetary donations as well as through foods donated by the community. This seasonal program provides a nutritional bridge by allowing eligible Seniors to supplement their own fresh fruits, vegetables, starches, and proteins with canned and packaged selections provided by The Food Basket. Eligibility for this program is equivalent to the Senior Farmer’s Nutrition Program to allow for ease of application and continuity. The program period is meant to provide a seamless continuum of support with the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program. The Brown Bag program is a direct service program, occurring without the aid of an agency intermediary.
Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program(SFMNP/Senior Produce)
Update: March 21, 2017. The SFMNP/Senior Produce Program has been canceled as a TFB program for 2017.
The purpose of The Food Basket’s SFMNP is to develop consistent markets for local farmers, improve access to food for rural areas, increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, and ensure adequate nutrition for needy Seniors on the Island of Hawaii.
The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program is a seasonal, Federally-Funded program designed to increase utilization of local farm resources. Federal Funds include funds for bulk purchasing, or for vouchers redeemable at Farmer’s Markets. Funds are provided as a pass-through by the State through a short-term contract. The Food Basket utilizes a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model to purchase produce for fifteen (15) weeks during the year. Community Supported Agriculture involves the direct purchase of product from local agricultural producers. This results in increased economic activity and minimizes farmer risk by providing a steady purchase stream. Produce may be ordered in advanced of the program, however may only be reimbursed upon delivery. Purchased produce is received, portioned and boxed, then delivered to drop sites in the affected areas.