The Meals Basket’s DA BUX Program Prioritizes Diet Training for Hawaiʻi’s Youngsters

A little girl sitting on a tree stump and reading the book Kai and Hōkū Explore Foods of Hawai‘i

The Meals Basket-Hawai‘i Island’s Meals Financial institution took its first stride in creating place-based diet schooling assets for Hawai‘i’s keiki (the Hawaiian phrase for kids). Launched in 2021, the e-book Kai and Hōkū Discover Meals of Hawaiʻi helps households and early childcare suppliers discover native vegetables and fruit with their kids. It options the favored mascots, Kai and Hōkū, of the Keiki Heroes public well being initiative as they find out about eight crops generally grown in Hawai‘i, together with ‘ulu (breadfruit) and kāpiki pākē (bok choy). The e-book presents hands-on studying actions and easy recipes, making every fruit and vegetable an thrilling journey and useful studying expertise for younger food explorers.

This keiki diet schooling effort is an integral service of The Meals Basket’s DA BUX Double Up Meals Bucks program (often known as “DA BUX”), a statewide program working to extend the acquisition and consumption of Hawai‘i-grown vegetables and fruit by Supplemental Diet Help Program (SNAP) members. When SNAP customers use their federal food advantages to buy qualifying native produce at collaborating DA BUX food retailers, they obtain a 50% low cost. DA BUX subsidizes their purchases with funding that comes primarily from the USDA Gus Schumacher Diet Incentive Program.

By getting kids and their households enthusiastic about consuming extra native vegetables and fruit, The Meals Basket goals to extend participation within the DA BUX and aligns with USDA’s purpose to deal with food and diet insecurity by increasing entry to and growing consumption of reasonably priced, wholesome food for all People.

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