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COVID-19 response focusing on assisting state in managing social safety net programs

COVID-19 is both a public health emergency and an economic crisis; Hawaiʻi Appleseed’s concern lies with the working families and children of Hawaiʻi.

Whole Foods Market’s 5% Community Giving Day will expand access to meals for children

For keiki who rely on free and reduced-price school meals to get a healthy start, Whole Foods Market’s donation to Hawai‘i Appleseed’s school meal expansion efforts will have life-altering implications.

Enforcement of vacation rental regulations would restore balance

The Honolulu City Council is set to take up the short term rentals (STRs) issue again tomorrow with new drafts of Bills 85 and 89. Whichever bill ends up being prefered, it is imperative that the council include strong enforcement mechanism in any city ordinance it chooses to pass. This post covers what those regulations should look like, and why they're so critical.

Farm bill protects SNAP, other critical nutrition programs

In a bipartisan agreement announced today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed (in a 369–47 vote) a farm bill agreement that supports the food security of nearly 170,000 Hawai‘i residents through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill passed both houses of Congress overwhelmingly and is now on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

The bipartisan bill also includes provisions that invest in our island’s

After school supper is a big missed opportunity in Hawaii

For many children, the breakfast and lunch they get at school is the only healthy food they eat all day. School meals are critical to student health and well-being, especially for low-income students. These meals ensure that students have the nutrition they need throughout the day to learn. Research shows that school meal programs reduce food insecurity, obesity rates and poor health, and improve learning outcomes for participating students. In addition, school meal nutrition standards are having a positive impact…