Knowing that our farmers are being hurt by reduced sales and loss of markets during the COVID-19 crisis, the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau (HFB), in partnership with the County of Hawai‘i and generous non-profit entities have developed a program to purchase produce and meats from commercial farmers and livestock producers on Hawai‘i Island for distribution to families in need. The Food Basket and other channels will distribute the products.

PROGRAM RULES:

1. This program is intended for commercial farmers in active agricultural production on Hawai‘i Island. Membership in HFB is not required.
  • Applicants will provide their G.E.T. number along with their application, demonstrating their commercial producer status.
2. This program is for locally-grown produce and meat products only. Value-added products are not eligible.

3. Vegetables/fruits must be fresh, clean, and of good quality. All meat must have been processed within a USDA facility.

4. Produce must be packaged as directed, using proper sanitation and food safety protocols.

5. After an order is placed and delivered, the Producer must provide an invoice made out to Hawai’i Farm Bureau Foundation indicating the agreed-upon price and quantity delivered.

  • Invoice must include a 1% G.E.T. tax.
  • Invoice and produce delivered will be verified and signed by the receiving person/entity.
  • Have two invoice copies signed; keep one for your records and submit one to HFB for payment.
  •  Submit via email to: kaiwiki.1970@gmail.com
6. The Food Basket determines what is needed and directs product purchases. Unfortunately, not everything that is produced by every farm will be purchased under this program.

7. Produce purchases are expected to begin the week of May 4, 2020.

8. Payment for produce purchases will be processed weekly.

9. The producer must deliver the product on specific date(s) and at a specific location (likely Hilo or Kona), as determined by HFB representative.

  • The majority of delivery dates will occur on Mondays.
10. Submit your application via email to: kaiwiki.1970@gmail.com
  • You will receive an email confirmation after submitting your application.
If you do not receive confirmation, contact Randy Cabral at 808-896-0829.

11. Only complete applications will be evaluated.

  • Eligibility will be determined based on the information provided by applicants.
  • Funding availability will determine program duration.

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