County of Hawaii District 4 Representative Ashley Kierkiewicz's
Feed The People Hawaii
NCA and the Nanawale Longhouse is currently being used as a distribution site for the Activate Hawai'i Aid "Feed The People" program which is made possible by our District 4 Representative, Ashley Kierkiewicz and other community partners.
Activate Hawai‘i Aid is proud to partner with Chef Hui, and bring the #FeedThePeopleHI project to Hawai‘i Island.
Feed the People empowers families with meal kits that contain ingredients and recipe cards for 1-2 ʻohana (family) style meals. As much as possible, local ingredients will be sourced to support local food producers, accelerate our food sustainability goals, and power an ag-focused economy.
On Hawaiʻi Island, the #FeedThePeopleHI project in Puna was created to help with food insecurity throughout the region. Beginning back in May 2020 volunteers began to distribute up to 500 meal kit bags every week with the help community influencers and grassroots groups.
Those interested in reserving a bag must RSVP via online on facebook or instagram every week when posted. It is recommended that you follow our council representative, Ashley Kierkiewicz on social media.
For more information on our council representative and/or Feed The People, please use the links below.
September Update from our Council Woman:
We’re dedicated to keeping this project going another four months, so wanted to provide you with an update:
Going forward, RSVP links will be published to activatehawaiiaid.org/feed-the-people every Monday at 3pm for weeks a drop is scheduled. (Find our recipe collection here too!! )
Our data has shown that we run out of meal bags the fastest as we near the end of the month. That said, we’re increasing the meal bag give as the month progresses.
We’re taking a break on first Friday’s
We’re distributing 1,000 holiday meal bags the Friday before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Some things we consider when planning these food drops:
We’re on a budget. Based on grants we’ve been able to secure, we have a $10-12 budget per meal bag. We do our best to stretch resources in order to buy as much local as possible AND create two family-style meals.
We’re planting seeds. Each meal is purposely healthy and flexible. We hope the recipes strengthen food skills and empower healthy eating.
We’re fostering local food systems. Growing food is hard work. We love our food producers and are proud of our efforts to source local, which in turn keeps dollars here and strengthens our island’s sustainability and resilience.
Special Mahalo to all our partners who supported us May thru August: Chef Hui,
BRIDGES Project, Hilo Products,
Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Cooperative, and our fiscal sponsor, Mindful Living.
We are so so grateful to our families for their patience as we juggle yet another project, but who enthusiastically step up to help us with picking up and sorting food stuffs. Mahalo to our distribution captains, and their volunteer crews, who continue to collaborate with us on distribution in the various communities around Puna.
It has been a joy and pleasure to serve and support community in this way. We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve planned for the rest of the year... it’s ONO!!
Cheers, be safe, and mask up!
#FeedThePeopleHI Hawai‘i Island Co-Leads
Volunteer Group that distributes the 100+ bags of food every Friday is:
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