Hawai’i

Hawai’i

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  • State Program Coordinator:Seri Niimi-Burch
  • State Partner Supervisor:Betsy Cole

For more information on getting involved with FoodCorps in Hawai’i, please contact Seri.

Why Serve in Hawai’i?

Hawai’i is a gardener’s delight. 365 days a year, one can be outside, working with the sun, soil, water, and air to grow fresh local food. Currently, Hawaiʻi imports 90% of its food and while it is considered one of the healthiest states in the country, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities in Hawaiʻi experience disproportionately high rates of food insecurity and diet related disease. This reality doesn’t have to continue.

FoodCorps serves at schools in Hawaiʻi, helping to build and expand school garden and nutrition education programs, and supporting school-based efforts for health and wellness. We are also part of a the Hawaiʻi Farm to School Hui, a statewide network of island-level networks, community organizations, and representatives of the Hawai‘i Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health, and the University of Hawai‘i, who work together to support and advocate for farm to school initiatives throughout the state.

All of our partner schools’ principals are committed to building garden-based nutrition education programs, and expanding connections between hands-on learning and the core curriculum. FoodCorps is dedicated to providing training and support to our service members to ensure that the education and programs they provide are engaging, place-based, and culturally-relevant. We know that children who are healthy and engaged are ready to learn. Imua (Forward we go)!