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
  • Nanawale Community Center, Last Wednesdays, 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
  • Naalehu Sacred Heart Church, 4th Thursdays, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
  • Ocean View St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Last Tuesdays, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Pahala, Kau District Gym, last Thursday, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Pahoa Sacred Heart Church, 3rd Thursdays, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
  • Papaaloa Gym, 2nd Thursdays, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Pepeekeo Senior Center, 2nd Thursdays, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM

Information 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
  • KTA Super Stores
  • Hawaii Island farmers
  • Hawaii Department of Health SNAP-Ed
  • County of Hawaii
  • Hawaii Island Food Alliance (HIFA)

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