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• Hawaii State Department of Human Services
Child Care Connection Hawaii (CCCH)
According to the State Dept. of Human Services website, “The Child Care Connection Hawaii program is a statewide service that offers the licensing of child care facilities and child care payment assistance to needy families.”
Click HERE for more information about the April 17, 2020 expansion of eligibility.
Click HERE for the childcare subsidy application form.
If you are an essential worker who is having trouble finding childcare, click HERE to see the DHS statewide essential childcare list.
• HAWAII CHILDREN’S ACTION NETWORK, Hawaii COVID-19 Resources
One-stop searchable help for finding child care, food, health, shelters and more on all islands.
• MEO HAWAII EMERGENCY LAULIMA PARTNERSHIP
Get help from Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO). MEO’s Hawaii Emergency Laulima Partnership (H.E.L.P.) is a financial assistance program for Maui County residents to pay for essential needs due to a layoff, reduction in hours or loss of income related to COVID-19. Click HERE to find out the steps to receive assistance, information about supporting documents needed and the application forms.
• Grab and Go Student Meals
The latest Grab and Go Student Meals program flyer was revised as of May 1, 2020. According to the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) the following new locations will begin “Grab and Go” sevice on Monday, April 27, 2020:
• Leihoku Elementary – Leeward Oahu
• Waianae Elementary – Leeward Oahu
• Hale Wai Vista Apartment Complex, Waianae (lunch only)
• Ohana Ola Transitional Shelter, Waianae (lunch only)
• Kilauea Elementary (Kauai District)
• Waikoloa Elementary (Hawaii Island District)
• Food Stamp Eligibility (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is funded by the federal government and provides food assistance to individuals and families in need. Visit The Fresh Guide to EBT in Hawaii: Food Stamp (SNAP) Eligibility webpage to see if you qualify to receive food stamps. You will need to provide your household size and income when you apply.
• The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Food Resources Guide (COVID-19 Supplement) is a complete list of food resources for seniors and the disabled. Download a copy, or visit the ADRC website for information on all the resources it provides.
• ILWU Food Bank Information Flyer (updated 4-7-20)
A flyer put together by the ILWU with general information, phone numbers for The Food Basket: Hawaii Island’s Food Basket, Maui Food Bank, Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch, Hawaii Foodbank Oahu Branch, and Help is on the Way Hawaii Suppy Delivery.
• ACTIVATE HAWAI‘I AID, a COVID-19 Emergency Assistance program for Hawaii island shares a regularly updated Emergency Food Access Calendar on its website.
• MISCELLANEOUS FREE FOOD OFFERINGS ON THE BIG ISLAND by day of the week; list provided by Waimea Middle School:
Free Grab & Go Breakfasts (7:30 to 8:00 a.m.) and Lunches (11:30 to noon) for all youth 18 and under at Honoka’a High cafeteria – parking lot pickup. Available to all no matter what school attending or if homeschooled. Youth must be in the car during pickup. Also meals available free at Kalanianaole Elementary & Intermediate, Waimea Elementary and Kohala High cafeterias (same hours as above). Lunches and snacks only at Laupahoehoe School 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Tuesdays, 9:00 to 11 a.m.
Annunciation Catholic Church Food Pantry – Waimea—open w/ free groceries to go. They are having a challenge w/ procuring food so are now accepting shelf-stable food donations 9:00 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays w/ quick drop off only. Especially welcome are rice, canned protein goods, peanut butter, veggies/fruits, pasta, spaghetti sauce.
Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., St. Columba Church – (Below Pa’auilo Intermediate/Elementary School).
Warm fresh from scratch take-out meals. All welcome.
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm, Kokua Christian Ministries (a collaboration by Imiola Church, New Hope and Mana Christian ‘Ohana)
Free takeout hot meal and box of groceries provided in building behind Liana Hall/Imiola Church. All welcome.
Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Free warm Community Meal at St. James – drive-thru takeout only. All welcome.
Fridays, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.,Honokaa Buddhist Temple.
Free takeout meal. All welcome. (Also groceries/produce as available.)
• A Free Community Meal “Drive-Thru” Service for Paauilo community members is being held on Tuesdays at St. Columba’s Church. Pick up a meal from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; first come, first served.
• May 5, 2020 Update: the kupuna food resource at Na Kupuna Makamae Center will continue into May, 2020. Click HERE for information. Distribution has changed to be by walk-in pick-up only. No drive through.
A Free Food Drop-Off for Kupuna & the Community at Na Kupuna Makamae Center will be held every Friday in April 2020.
Starting today, April 3, the Nā Kūpuna Makamae Center is hosting a free food drop-off for our kupuna and our community! Each week, a local business will be teaming up with Na Kupuna Makamae to provide free food – such as fresh vegetables, fruits, assorted dry goods and nonperishable items – for kupuna, families and individuals. Our partner Hawai’i Health & Harm Reduction Center is a sponsor of this weekly drop-off.
What to bring:
• Tote bags to pack produce.
• NO ID or financial requirements is needed!
• To receive food, you will be asked to sign in and fill out a quick questionnaire (name, city, # of adults in household, # of children, employed, receive government assistance)
Drive Through Only! Everyone who is coming to pick up must line up in their car on the street in front of our entrance and we will be passing the food to you from your car window.
To seniors (60 and older): We are working with volunteers to deliver donated food to your residence. Deliveries available only within a 5-mile radius of our Center. Please click here to see the radius boundary. Please contact us to sign up for home delivery. Right now is Drive-through only but they are organizing kupuna drop off to come soon.