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:

1st Friday:

Hualalai Elderly Phase I & III - 10:00 AM-1:30 PM 75-256 Hualalai Rd C1 Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

2nd Tuesday:

Hilo Edith Kanakaole Stadium - 10:00 AM-11:00 AM 350 Kalanikoa St, Hilo, HI 96720

Last Tuesday:

Ocean View St. Jude’s Church - 11:00 AM-12:00 PM 92-8606 Paradise Mauka Circle, Ocean View, HI 96737

2nd Thursday

Pepeekeo Senior Center - 9:30 AM-10:30 AM Alia St, Pepeekeo, HI 96783

Papaaloa Community Center - 11:30 AM-12:30 PM 35-1994 Government Main Road, Pāpa‘Aloa, HI 96780

Honoka`a Complex 12:30 - 1:30 45-541 Akia Street, Honoka`a, HI 96727

3rd Thursday

Pahoa Sacred Hearts Church - 9:30 AM-11:00 AM 15-3003 Pahoa Village Rd,Pāhoa, HI 96778

Last Thursday

Eden Roc Park 9:00 - 9:45AM Ahi St (Road 8), Mountain View, 96771

Pahala Ka‘u Community Center - 11:30 AM-12:30 PM 1149, 96 Kamani St, Pahala, HI 96777

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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