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Showing Aloha with Food and Shelter

August 24, 2020

From the Office for Social Ministry

Show Aloha Challenge – Free Kupuna Meal Deliveries on all Islands

Show Aloha Challenge is a community-wide effort calling all local organizations to help feed homebound seniors in need. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a coalition of government, nonprofits, businesses and local restaurants has been delivering free nutritional meals to kupuna who do not qualify for Medicaid or government-subsidized food delivery. The mission also aims to support local restaurants affected by COVID shutdowns, while challenging others to get involved. You can help SHOW ALOHA too!

Thanks to generous donations from the Hawaii Dental Service Foundation, Show Aloha Challenge is now expanding its services on Oahu to include neighbor islands: Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kauai through September 11, 2020. Seniors who would like to receive Meals on Wheels delivery service may call St. Francis Healthcare System at 547-6501 or visit their website.

KAUAI – Kupuna Meal Delivery Program 

Nourish Kauai is an active food ministry led by the Crossroads Christian Fellowship in partnership with Kauai-based farmers, fishermen and ranchers to provide locally grown food with LOVE. Its Kupuna Meal Delivery Program offers three homemade meals a week to seniors in need. Thanks to county-allocated CARES Act funds and community partnership with Saint Catherine Catholic Church and School’s food-certified kitchen in Kapa’a, volunteers are able to deliver free meals to eligible seniors every Wednesday through November. 

To register for kupuna meal delivery, CLICK HERE.

MAUI, MOLOKAI, LANAI – Kupuna Meal Voucher Program

ALOHAPLATES2GO is a Kupuna Meal Voucher Program that offers free plate lunches to eligible seniors on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. This effort is a collaboration between the Maui County Office on Aging, the Maui Food Technology Center, UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and the UH Foundation. Eligible participants receive free food vouchers that can be redeemed at any of the participating food trucks listed here. Eligible recipients include seniors 60 years or older, spouses of any age, and grandparents 55 years and over who are raising grandchildren.

HAWAII ISLAND – Rent and Mortgage Assistance

Big island residents experiencing financial hardship during COVID-19may apply for The Hawaii County Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program (RMAP) beginning Monday, August 24, 2020 at 8am.

CARES Act funds will help finance rent or mortgage payments up to $1,000 for qualified recipients. Assistance can include back payments from March 2020 through December 2020.  

Contact one of the six Hawaii Island nonprofit partners for application information: