Our Projects

The Hawaiʻi Good Food Alliance focuses on collaborative statewide projects that increase local food access

The USDA Regional Food Business Center

Project Managers: Saleh Azizi Fardkhales Ph.D. and Harmonee Williams

Hawaiʻi Good Food Alliance rose as the lead entity of The Islands and Remote Areas Region of the Regional Food Business Center (RFBC) aims to serve as the cornerstone of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) development of local and regional supply chains for the local farming communities of the Pacific islands of Hawaiʻi, Guam, CNMI, and American Samoa; the state of Alaska, and the US Caribbean territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 

Hawaiʻi Food Hub Hui

Project Manager: Saleh Azizi Fardkhales Ph.D.

The Hawaiʻi Food Hub Hui (HFHH) was established in 2017. The group initially consisted of five of the leading food hubs in Hawaiʻi and grew to represent 14 food hubs focused on aggregation and distribution of produce and other local foods from small family farmers, challenged with accessing markets, to marginalized customers, with limited buying power. Currently, these food hubs support 1,051 family farms and approximately 6,000 local customers per week in all Hawaiʻi counties.

DA BUX Double Up Food Bucks

Managed by The Food Basket

“DA BUX Double Up Food Bucks” is a statewide program administered by The Food Basket in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Good Food Alliance. How it works: Participating DA BUX retailers discount their locally grown produce by 50% for customers paying with federal SNAP food dollars (formerly known as food stamps).

Hawaiʻi's Farmers Market Association

Project Manager: Tanner Keys

The Hawaiʻi Farmers Market Association (HFMA) was established in 2020 to strengthen and promote a vibrant and sustainable local food system and economy by supporting farmers markets and direct-to-consumer farm marketing statewide. 

Hawaiʻi Good Food Fund

Local food system stakeholders have identified a clear need for additional capital resources to support enterprises across the value chain that provide equitable access to quality food, increase community health, and stimulate community-based economic development. A Hawaiʻi Good Food Alliance working group is researching and designing a collaborative organizational structure to provide information and technical assistance to make available funding streams at both early growth and scaling stages. The range of available products might include: loans from the CDFI sector; catalytic capital that reduces risk to conventional investors; equity investment; matching funds for programs such as Double Bucks, Specialty Crop, Community Food Systems, and foundation grants. The working group’s goal is to launch a Hawaiʻi Good Food Fund (tentative name) by early 2024.

Evaluation

Project Manager: Kaʻiulani Odom

The Hawaiʻi Good Food Alliance is building a rubric to assess different components of our local food system. Drawing on various existing frameworks, the overall content is specific to the conditions and circumstances of our island home. Categories include; justice, fairness and thriving local economies, strong communities and healthy people, vibrant farms and sustainable ecosystems, and pilinahā cultural connections. Indicators take into account the historical, social, economic and cultural factors that have and continue to affect production and access to food, jobs and a sustainable future.

DA BUX Double Up Food Bucks

Managed by The Food Basket

Hawaiʻi's Farmers Market Association

Project Manager: Tanner Keys

Hawaiʻi Food Hub Hui

Project Manager: Saleh Azizi Fardkhales Ph.D.

Evaluation

Project Manager: Kaʻiulani Odom

The Hawaiʻi Good Food Alliance is building a rubric to assess different components of our local food system. Drawing on various existing frameworks, the overall content is specific to the conditions and circumstances of our island home. Categories include; justice, fairness and thriving local economies, strong communities and healthy people, vibrant farms and sustainable ecosystems, and pilinahā cultural connections. 

Hawaiʻi Good Food Fund

Local food system stakeholders have identified a clear need for additional capital resources to support enterprises across the value chain that provide equitable access to quality food, increase community health, and stimulate community-based economic development.