JUNE - 2015
ATHF Task Force
12:30 - 2:00 PM, TUE
Kauai Pasta Restaurant
Kuhio Highway, Lihue
Access to Healthy Foods
Healthy Foods at the Local Markets
Get Fit Kauai's Access to Healthy Foods (ATHF) Task Force is dedicated to increasing the availability of and access to affordable, healthy food. We are a group of community members, non-profit representatives, government workers, and Get Fit Kauai staff.
What we're working on
Get Fit Kauai is hosting a Healthy Food Drive!!!
Hunger or food insecurity affects many families and individuals on Kauai. A Healthy Food Drive is a great way to provide nutritious food to families in need.
On June 20, 2015 Get Fit Kauai’s Access to Healthy Food Task Force will be hosting a Healthy Food Drive at the Mayor-A-Thon. The event will take place at the Kapa’a Beach Park from 6:30 am to 10:30am.
Please contribute by donating non-perishable items such as brown or hapa rice, whole grain oats and cereal, canned fruits in natural juices, 100% fruit or vegetable juices, low-sodium canned soup, low-sodium Spam or turkey Spam, beans and lentils, evaporated milk, non-fat dry milk, canned tuna and chicken, and nut butters.
All donations will go directly to the Hawaii Food Bank – Kauai Branch and the Kauai Independent Food Bank.
Healthy Food Drive
||Malama Kauai, in partnership with the County of Kauai’s Office of Economic Development and Get Fit Kauai, now provide access for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to shop at select County of Kauai farmers markets through their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system.
SNAP participants are able to exchange funds from their EBT card for “Kauai Cash” tokens which will allow them to purchase eligible food items at authorized vendor booths identified with an "EBT Tokens Accepted Here" sign at their booth.
EBT at Farmers Markets!
||In March 2014 the ATHF Task Force completed a Community Food System Assessment (CFSA) of Kauai County. The goal of the CFSA was to learn more about food accessibility and to identify existing and potential sources of nutritious produce for Kauai's low-income residents. The CFSA findings have been used to develop strategies that will increase access to healthy food for all residents of Kauai.
||The Task Force is exploring initiatives that increase the availability of nutritious meals and snacks in local schools. Currently, we are working with schools and administrators to better understand the food procurement process and to develop strategies that will promote the utilization of fresh, local produce in student meal and snack programs.
Get Fit Kauai is built on the integration and involvement of community partners. Community partners and volunteers are the key to the successes of this organization.
Task Force Member Directory
Michelle Martinez, MPH - Chair
Get Fit Kauai Access to Healthy Foods Coordinator
Colleen Carroll, Ed.D.
Jodi Drisko, MSPH
Parametrix Group, LLC
Blue Zones Project, Healthways, Inc.
County of Kaua'i Planning Department
Project Vision Hawaii
Laura Jean Kawamura, M.P.H., R.D.
University of Hawaii CTAHR, Cooperative Extension Service
Ho`ola Lahui Hawaii
Susan Smith, MBA, RDN
Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital