We are currently expanding and focusing our support on school food programming, including:
- Supporting the development of consistent, nutritious, and culturally appropriate school meal and snack programs within schools that do not currently have the capacity to offer them
- Assisting schools in localizing their school food sourcing and procurement
- Marketing and implementation of the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP)
- Supporting nutrition-based wellness initiatives and Wellness Committee activities
Our current goal within this area is to assist Hawaiian-focused Public Charter Schools on Kaua`i with their capacity to deliver a consistent, nutritious and culturally appropriate food program to their students. In 2015, we assisted Ke Kula Ni`ihau O Kekaha in developing, funding, and delivering a comprehensive and Federally-reimbursed breakfast, lunch, and snack program at their school. We also provided fresh fruit for snacks to all four charters and developed school gardens at three of the schools, which will help to supplement fresh snack programs.
Next, we are working with Kawaikini PCS to support their school food program rollout and KANAKA PCS on installing their school garden, with a long-term vision of creating a truly community-based, localized food procurement process and food system within the schools. We’ve chosen to partner with these four schools because they are the most underserved (have no food service), have less bureaucratic systems and policies than DOE schools, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to providing local food in their schools. To continue to service DOE schools in 2015, we partnered with the Hawaii Child Nutrition Program (HCNP) to help schools on Kaua`i implement their Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP). In 2016, we’ll be looking to assist more schools in obtaining funding to start FFVP at their school.