Bulletins: April 8, 2021 | West Hawaii at this time

The Youth Food Summit starts on Saturday

The Hawaii Youth Food Council is hosting We Grow Hawaii: a Youth Food Summit on Saturday, April 17th and April 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The aim of this youth-led online conference is to get the youth more involved in the US Development of Hawaii’s self-sufficient community food systems.

This free virtual conference features presentations, panels, and interactive sessions presented by youth and adult leaders to improve Hawaii’s food security and food self-sufficiency. All are invited to participate in talks on the future of Hawaii’s food systems.

Register at https://we-grow-hawaii-a-youth-food-summit.eventbrite.com.

Elks Club grants support the Books for Babies program

The Kona Elks Club recently awarded its gratitude grant, funded over $ 2,000 by the National Elks Foundation.

All of this was used for the Friends of Kona Library’s Books for Babies program. The program ensures that every baby born at Kona Community Hospital receives a book bag containing a book and various pieces of literature explaining the importance of reading and speaking to a baby in order to develop their brain and language promote.

With the grant, the club bought 1,000 book bags and 2,000 postcards from Little Lives Matter. They also donated $ 700 to the library to purchase board books for the program.

Deadline for SNAP replacement services extended

HONOLULU – The Department of Human Services, in coordination with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, announced an important update to the replacement benefit deadline for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Due to recent floods and landslides, the new deadline for submitting applications has been extended to April 14th. In addition to the extension of the deadline, other areas affected by the flooding were added to the funding list.

A SNAP replacement cash is a replacement for groceries purchased with SNAP benefits that were destroyed across the state by a household disaster such as the recent floods and landslides in March. The amount of the compensation must correspond to the amount of food lost and may not exceed the amount of the monthly benefit for the household.

DHS accepts SNAP replacement claims for SNAP households residing in the following Big Island areas, including the additional counties: South Hilo, Puna, Keaau, Mountain View, Pahoa, Hakalau, Hilo, Pepeekeo, Waikoloa, Kailua-Kona ‘Na’ Aleu and Pahala.

SNAP recipient households in the listed areas that have been affected by recent floods and landslides can apply by contacting their assigned processing center, visiting www.humanservices.hawaii.gov, and clicking statewide SNAP (Food Stamps) and Financial Assistance Processing Centers or by contacting the Public Assistance Observatory at (855) 643-1643 or http://pais.dhs.hawaii.gov.

Once the applications have been reviewed, validated and approved, benefits are granted.

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