Food Service Program

DSC00895HCEOC operates a kitchen in Hilo. The Food Service Program prepares meals for private pre-schools, K-12 schools and charter schools throughout the island.  It also serves congregate senior sites.  The Food Service Program offers job training for low-income individuals who are interested in culinary careers through programs such as FTW, VIP, SEE, STEP.  Inquiries regarding the Food Service programs and the services it offers should be directed to HCEOC Food Service Manager.

Contact Information

For more information, comments, and questions about the Nutrition programs, please contact Robin Villeza, Food Service Manager, at (808) 935-4654, or


 Incubator Kitchens

An Incubator kitchen located in Paauilo offer the use of certified kitchen facilities to small food service entrepreneurs for a reasonable fee.  For more information, contact:  Kim Erb at (808) 775-1418.


Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides seniors, disabled under 60, and Native American 55 and older low-income (185% of the poverty level) eligible fresh produce.  Eligible participants will receive a book of coupons worth $50.00 (ten $5.00 coupons) to exchange for fresh unprocessed locally grown produce from an authorized farmer, farmers’ market or roadside stand until September 30, 2017.


Dear Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Vendors,

THANK YOU for working in the 2017 Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).  It was a new program for you and for us at HCEOC (Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council).  We know it helped the SFMNP participants.

However, we know that this ending part of the program in September has had a serious problem of very late payments.  We deeply apologize for this delay.

We have been in constant contact with the Office of Community Services in the State government’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations in Honolulu.  We have explained to them that the payment delay is causing problems for vendors; such as farmers being unable to pay all their bills.

We expect to start sending you payments in two weeks or less, starting with the oldest coupons first.

Thank you for you patience.  Please call us if you have any questions or concerns.


Edward Yokoyama, SFMNP

Contact Information

For more information, comments, and questions about the SFMNP program, please contact Eddie Yokoyama, Farm Manager, at (808) 961-2681 ext 409, or by email at