Last updated 05/18/18

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) – Island of Hawaii:   Volcanic Activity Impact Update

05/18/18 Update:  Due to the volcanic activity on the island of Hawaii, the status of the farmers’ markets in the vicinity is as follows:

  • Nanawale Farmers’ Market is closed indefinitely
  • Cooper Center may close – may vary from week to week
  • Dimple Creek is open

Information will be updated as it is received.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

In 2018, the Office of Community Services (OCS) has expanded Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) to all major islands in the State of Hawaii. OCS would like to thank, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) and Hawaii Foodbank – Kauai for being our vendor partners and serving their respective communities, Maui and Kauai.  The program year is as follows for the various islands:

  • Oahu, Maui, Kauai – April 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018
  • Hawaii – May 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018

05/11/18 UPDATE:  For Oahu and Kauai only, we  have issued all the coupons that current funding allows.  Completed applications received for Oahu and Kauai that meet  SFMNP requirements will be put on a wait list in the order they are received.  If additional funding becomes available, we will issue coupons to those on the wait list. 

Individuals who participated in the program last year or submitted applications (Island of Maui) will be receiving applications in the mail prior to the start of the program for their respective islands.  For more information about the SFMNP, please visit the program page – click here.

Office of Community Services (OCS) assists Hawaii’s low-income, immigrant and refugee populations to overcome and alleviate workforce barriers to economic self-sufficiency through an array of community-based programs and services. OCS primarily contracts and administers program services on behalf of the State and Federal governments. OCS allocates funds using a competitive purchase of services process unless the funding source authority directs award to a specific organization(s).

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) Expansion Granted

In February 2017, we were notified that our request to increase the caseload assigned to Hawaii for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) was approved, subject to availability of Federal funds.

Grants-in-Aid (GIAs) included in the 2017 Budget

The Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (Act 124, Session Laws of Hawaii 2016) designated DLIR/OCS (LBR 903) as the Expending Agency for fifteen (15) Capital Improvement Project and ten (10) Operating GIAs, valued at more than $29 million. For more information about GIAs, click here.

Information on Hawaii Handbook for Immigrants is available: Click here

The Immigrant Resource Centers are now open and can help you with information on services and resources for immigrants and migrants.

 Hilo at Catholic Charities
Kalihi at KPT Family Center
Ewa Beach at Child and Family Service
Kapaa, Kauai at Child and Family Service

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