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KAUKAU 4 KEIKI: A USDA SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM 

Updated: Apr 27


In just 3-short weeks, Kaukau 4 Keiki moved from idea to implementation, reaching thousands of keiki across Hawaiʻi Island. This coordinated response was only possible because of the strong connections and commitments between community, public, and private partners.


Hawaiʻi Foodservice Alliance, LLC., Hilo Products, Inc., ʻO Kaʻū Kākou, and Kanekoa Imu and Catering brought pallets of canned goods, milk, and boxes of locally-grown produce every week to six centralized hubs across the island. These deliveries were an incredible orchestration of logistics that sourced pantry items and produce for 56,000 meals a week.


Once the palettes of food supplies were delivered, community groups worked quickly to break down bulk supplies, transport items to 26 locations islandwide, and assemble meal kits for distribution.


The ability to quickly mobilize a project of this scale indicates the caliber of leadership within each of our communities, as Site Leads coordinated teams of hundreds of dedicated volunteers. Through this project, Hawaiʻi Island has again demonstrated the strength and depth of our partnerships, and our commitment to build a resilient and vibrant community.


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