Our food distribution program, Māna ‘ai, focuses on the importance of maintaining a healthy diet postpartum. Amidst the global pandemic, food insecurity further affects this population with the immediate stay at home orders and reduction of many jobs. New moms are a particularly vulnerable population and Māna ‘ai assists in ensuring that low-income women in underserved communities continue to have reliable access to local nutritional food.
Through Lanakila Pacific we received a grant from the Hawai’i Community Foundation to launch our food distribution program for the first 8 weeks of the stay at home order. Additional local grants allowed us to continue and stretched the food provision until December 2020. HMHB is working with public-private partnerships through local organizations such as Lanakila Pacific, La Tour Bakery, Ham Produce and Seafood, and Coronacare Hawai’i to get weekly meals delivered directly to the home.
Currently for Māna ‘ai, we no longer do a mass food distribution each week, however we provide every client in need, a free meal with one of our social services.
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“Since COVID-19 creeped into 2020, life itself just became more “isolated.” I personally felt like I had to protect my newborn, any way possible, from this virus. But it happened so sudden that I felt being left home, in my room, just away from people, family AND even those living with me was the safest bet.
I’d like to thank the food distribution. It saved me so much time to go to the store, literally. I wouldn’t have to get ready, then get baby ready and worry about my surroundings just to go shop for food. A huge huge thank you to all those who contributed. Another note to that it encourage me to even eat healthier with all those produce!
A person can already tell that this organization puts a lot of effort and love in what they do for new mothers and it shows. I love this organization so much I’ve been encouraging many new upcoming mothers! Thank you to all the staff and the funders for their hard work and generosity.”
– Sheena C.
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