Over 23,000 Hawaii County residents struggle with food insecurity, of which over 70% fall below the 200% poverty threshold. Additionally, since the beginning of the pandemic, food insecurity in the state has grown by 50%. In an environment with a rich agricultural heritage and a diverse number of local farms and culinary businesses, we partner with local vendors to distribute reliable and nutritious meals to food-scarce households.
Our transportation department addresses the lack of access many low-income, elderly, and disabled Hawaii Island residents have to essential services, especially those without safe or reliable transportation.
Housing & Energy
According to a study by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2019 Hawaii residents had the highest monthly electric bills in the nation, paying an average of $168 compared to the national $115. Compounded with a poverty rate exceeding that of the national average and one of the highest costs of living in the country, low-income Hawaii residents face many barriers in retaining housing security and utilities. Our programs support households requiring assistance with these essential expenses.
In a thriving community, members are cared for at every stage of life. Our programs offer senior and elders wellness and caregiving options to help them retain independence, comfort, and a healthy standard of life. From transportation assistance to meal delivery to personal caregiving, we aim to improve both short-term and long-term conditions so people can age peacefully, in place, and with dignity.