The US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service awarded nearly $1.3 million total to four projects in Hawaiʻi to expand and strengthen local food systems, and increase the availability of locally grown agricultural products. The four recipient organizations are Common Ground Collective on Maui; Hawaiʻi Good Food Alliance on Oʻahu; Kōkua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services; and the Olohana Foundation on Hawaiʻi Island.
“Promoting sustainability in our food and agricultural systems is important for our communities, our environment, and our economy,” said US Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) who made the announcement. “This funding and these projects are crucial as Hawaii works to reduce our reliance on imported goods. I’ll continue working to help ensure our local farmers have the resources and support to widely distribute their goods, and communities can access healthy, fresh, locally grown produce.”
The funding will be used to support four projects throughout the state:
The funding will be distributed through the Local Food Promotion Program, grants which support local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer to consumer marketing. The awarded projects focus on activities such as supporting the processing, aggregation, distribution, and storage of local and regional food products; developing value-added products; and facilitating regional food chain coordination.
LFPP is awarding $31.8 million in fiscal year 2022 funding to 94 projects.