Strengthening Hawaii’s Food Supply | Kaiser Permanente

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HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente spreads a little holiday cheer and helps feed a Hawaiian family. The medical organization awarded a total of $100,000 in community health grants to the Maui Food Bank and Hawaii Food Bank. The grant will help support the new Farm to Food Bank program of the USDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program.

Through the Farm to Food Bank program, food banks become customers of last resort for farmers who have crops to harvest but no buyers. Instead of tilling their crops, farmers can bring their crops to harvest and food banks will pay for the associated labor, processing and packaging costs. Maui Food Bank Fresh 4 All and Hawaii Food Bank’s Kupuna Fresh Program supports local farmers and strengthens Hawaii’s food supply while delivering farm-to-table produce to underserved families in their communities. increase. Over 10,000 residents are estimated to benefit from agricultural produce that would otherwise be wasted.

John Yang, M.D., president and medical director of Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, said: “We hope these grants to Maui and Hawaii food banks will help keep local families from going hungry and provide resources that will help sustain Hawaii’s farmers and food supplies. .”

Kaiser Permanente works to improve the health of the communities it serves. These grants are the latest in a series of donations from Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii to ensure residents across the state receive essential support services that impact their overall health. Through 2022, Kaiser Permanente has contributed more than $2.2 million through community grants and scholarships to improve health and wellness in Hawaii.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to shaping the future of healthcare. We are recognized as one of America’s leading healthcare providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is on a mission to improve the health of its members and communities by providing high quality, affordable healthcare services. It currently serves 12.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Member and patient care is focused on holistic health and is guided by Permanente Medical Group’s team of physicians, professionals, and caregivers. Our professional and caring medical team is empowered by industry-leading technology advancements and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, cutting-edge care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Supported. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovation, clinical research, health education and community health advocacy.

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