HAN member Hawai‘i Pacific Health partnered with Kamehameha Schools to make over $1 million in joint place-based investments in Feed the Hunger Fund, a community development financial institution (CDFI), that provides loans and technical assistance to small food businesses in Hawai‘i. The investment includes helping small farms in Hawaiʻi— where 80% of farmers make less than $25,000—with $260,000 in loans to support food security and sustainability in the state.
From the Pacific Inno article:
“Small farms are the backbone of Hawaii’s food system and ensuring access to capital for these growers is essential for sustainability,” stated Michael Robinson, Hawaii Pacific Health’s vice president of government relations and community affairs. “Our co-investment with Kamehameha Schools for Feed The Hunger Fund will help ensure that small farming businesses can continue to produce the foods Hawaii can grow locally.”
HAN would like to express our extreme sorrow for the loss of lives and homes that took place in the fires in Maui and gratefully acknowledge our health system members Kaiser Permanente and Hawai‘i Pacific Health for their work as they operate and help with recovery in the aftermath of the fires.