DA BUS

Mobile Market

Shop at our DA BUS Mobile Market for fresh Hawai`i Island-grown produce!  We set-up pop-up market sites around the island.  Anyone is welcome to shop with us.  We accept credit, debit and EBT. EBT purchases receive a 50% discount through the DA BUX DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS incentive program.  Find us at these locations:

  • Hilo Edith Kanakaole Stadium - 2nd Tuesdays 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

  • Hualalai Elderly Phase I - 1st Monday 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

  • Hualalai Elderly Phase II - 1st Monday 11:30 AM-12:30 PM 

  • Hualalai Elderly Phase III - 1st Monday 1:00 PM-2:00 PM  

  • Ocean View St. Jude’s Church - Last Tuesdays in 11:00 AM-12:00 PM  

  • Pahala Ka‘u District Gym - Last Thursdays 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • Pahoa Sacred Heart Church - 3rd Thursdays 9:00 AM-11:00 AM and Last Wednesdays 12:30 PM-1:30 PM

  • Papaaloa Gym - 2nd Thursdays 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

  • Pepeekeo Senior Center - 2nd Thursdays 9:30 AM-10:30 AM

For the latest information about DA BUS please visit: https://www.facebook.com/DABUSthefoodbasket/

ABOUT DA BUS PROJECT:

DA BUS Mobile Market and Food Pantry Project is a three-year initiative funded by a USDA Community Food Project grant award, to address food insecurity and health disparities on Hawai`i Island, particularly in the 12 USDA designated low income/low access areas,  known as “Food Deserts”.  

The project goals are:

  • To improve access to affordable healthy food among low-income residents

  • Build target area community involvement in addressing food security

  • Support local agricultural development

  • Improve healthy eating and reduce health disparities in chronic diseases

  • Strengthen linkages between agricultural, entrepreneurial, health, and human service sectors to create a secure local food economy

To achieve these goals the project has developed DA BUS Mobile Market and Food Pantry which is providing access to affordable locally-grown produce, emergency staple food items, seeds, and garden starts to low-income residents on Hawai`i Island. 

DA BUS Project is also integrating:

  • Outreach education on cooking, nutrition and gardening

  • Providing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly known as ‘food stamps’) outreach materials and application assistance.

DA BUS currently visits designated community gathering sites in low-income/low-access rural areas including senior centers, low-income housing complexes, and County Park and Recreation centers scheduled in conjunction with The Food Basket’s (Hawai`i Island’s Food Bank)  Commodity Supplemental Food Program “Kupuna Pantry” which serves low income Seniors island-wide.

Our project partners include:

  • The Kohala Center

  • Blue Zones Hawaii

  • CTAHR

  • KTA Super Stores

  • Hawaii Island farmers

  • Hawaii Department of Health SNAP-Ed

  • County of Hawaii

  • Hawaii Island Food Alliance (HIFA)

  • HMSA Foundation

  • Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation

DA BUS Project directly addresses the needs of low-income individuals with limited access to healthy food in several ways: 

  • Through a long-term solution to food distribution

  • Increasing community self-reliance and encouraging healthy lifestyle development through gardening and cooking instruction and demonstrations

  • Increasing the economic viability of the local food economy by supporting local farmers and grocers

DA BUS project started in January 2018.  For more information please contact info@hawaiifoodbasket.org

 

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