Good health and stable housing are essential basic needs to help people move and remain out of poverty. The following recent grantees are providing food access, child and family safety, and stable housing for their communities.
Hawai‘i Good Food Alliance: Feeding the Soul of Our Communities
Thanks to Hawai‘i Good Food Alliance’s statewide network of 13 community-based organizations including, Kōkua Kalihi Valley Health Systems, Sust‘āinable Moloka‘i, Malama Kauai, Maui Food Bank, and Kahumana Farms, low-income community members can access healthy, locally grown food through Hawai‘i’s first “Double Up Food Bucks” program. This initiative also known as “Da Bux” supports families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP) benefits and provides a one-to-one match for families using SNAP dollars to buy local produce.
Collaborative organizations like HGFA have universal impacts such as improving people’s health and well-being, while supporting local businesses and uplifting Hawai‘i’s economy.
Moloka‘i ‘Ohana Health Project: Cultivating a Healthy Lifestyle
With a focus on child and family safety, increased food security, and community health, the Moloka‘i ‘Ohana Health Project aims to improve the overall health and well-being of residents of all ages. The funds from the Weinberg Foundation will support the collaborative efforts of Moloka‘i Community Health Center, Moloka‘i Child Abuse Prevention Pathways, and Sust‘āinable Moloka‘i. This project brings people together to strengthen families and food resources, recognizing that the health of the land, people, and community are all intertwined.
Institute for Human Services: Sustaining Safe, Stable Homes
As Hawai‘i’s most comprehensive human services agency focused exclusively on ending or preventing homelessness, the Institute for Human Services (IHS) plays a vital role, now more than ever, in helping to shelter our community members. This grant will bolster the expansion of IHS’ family programming, which supports families in securing and maintaining a safe and stable home and provides health, education, employment programs, and other supportive services through community partnerships.
During sustained efforts to contain the spread of the virus in O‘ahu’s vulnerable homeless population, IHS sadly lost a staff member to COVID-19. The loss of Willie Talamoa, and all who have passed from COVID-19, is a tragic reminder of how important it is to protect one another. The Foundation stands with and grieves with the Talamoa family and IHS ‘ohana during this challenging time.